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APHIS employees located at the United States Embassy in each country where our area offices reside, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) also on-site, represent the interests of the USDA and country residents.

About APHIS

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multifaceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.  Our overseas activities where our offices reside include ensuring that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly.  Our area offices maintain technical working relationships with respective country counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues wherever they arise. This relationship contributes to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between our economies and helps ensure they thrive. In addition, our office maintains direct contact with industry trade groups and importers and exporters in order to assist in and facilitate resolution of trade-related issues at country ports of entry. Finally, the principle role of APHIS is to make sure the United States and our trading partners adhere to the SPS rules set forth by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the other relevant international standards-setting organizations.

 

Program Priorities

  • USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Visits Japan

    May 13, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in Japan as part of a meeting of Western Hemisphere agriculture leaders meeting on the margins of the G-20 Agricultural Ministerial in Niigata, Japan. On Monday, Secretary Perdue stopped to meet with U.S. and Japan trade negotiators in Tokyo.  Secretary Perdue urged Japan to move swiftly to finalize a trade deal with Washington on farm products and other goods, and to recognize that the U.S. is a “premier customer” for Japan.  Secretary Perdue took time to meet with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and the U.S. Embassy Team including APHIS-International Services staff.


  • APHIS Opens New Market for U.S. Exports of Used Cooking Oil

    Apr. 30, 2019  APHIS met with officials from the Portuguese Ministry of Animal Health and representatives of the border inspection posts (BIPs) in Lisbon, Portugal. At the last such meeting held in 2014, Portugal informed APHIS they did not allow the import of used cooking oil, and APHIS presented the case for why Portugal should allow the import of used cooking oil intended for the manufacture of biodiesel as allowed by certain other EU Member States. At the April 23 meeting, Portugal verified that they had decided to open the market for used cooking oil from the United States under favorable conditions that do not require government certification. The estimated value of this market accomplishment is $25 million per year.

  • APHIS Meets with Thailand on Animal Health

    Sept. 18, 2019   APHIS met with Thailand’s Department of Livestock and Development (DLD) in Bangkok, Thailand. APHIS and DLD discussed ongoing issues including U.S. turkey meat access, avian influenza regionalization, rendered meals, and inedible beef offal. In 2018, U.S. trade in animal and animal products reached $196 million.

  • U.S. Announces Trade Deal Reached with Japan

    August 25, 2019 On the margins of the G-7 meeting, President Trump announced that the United States and Japan have agreed “in principle” to a bilateral trade deal involving agriculture and digital products. The deal would focus on lowering tariffs on a wide range of agricultural commodities such as beef, pork, ethanol, DDGs, and soymeal. This agreement will aid exporters who seek to compete with exports from other countries who have partnered with Japan through finalized free trade agreements (FTA). 

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