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APHIS Office - Lima, Peru

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Lima, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Lima office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Peru.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Peru has created a vital role for APHIS ensuring that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly. The APHIS Lima office maintains technical working relationships with our Peruvian counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise. This relationship contributes to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the two economies, helping ensure they thrive.

In addition, our office maintains direct contact with industry trade groups, importers and exporters in order to assist and facilitate resolution of trade-related issues as they occur at Peruvian ports of entry.

Finally, as a 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, APHIS' role will continue to increase as the United States and Peru continue to expand their current trade relationships and establish new partnerships into the foreseeable future.






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.


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Dr. Cristobal Zepeda, Area Director for South America Pacific & Central America

Countries of Responsibility: Chile, Peru, Ecuador

Location News

  • New Peruvian Ambassador to the United States

    Mar. 25, 2019 - On March 7, Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed Hugo de Zela as its country’s Ambassador to the United States. De Zela is currently the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister and replaces Carlos Parerja, who retired January 1.

  • U.S.-Peru Plant Health Technical Meeting

    Apr. 30, 2019 From April 9-11, APHIS and SENASA held their annual technical meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting was cordial and provided both sides with an opportunity to showcase progress. The United States raised several new market access requests, as well as situations related to interceptions with seed sampling. Peru raised several longstanding issues, including reducing fumigation treatments, moving towards a systems approach for imports of asparagus, and discussing an asparagus pest identification study. The United States imports more than $200 million of asparagus from Peru annually. Peru also raised several market access requests. The meeting concluded with a visit to an irradiation facility in Gulfport, Mississippi. Peru, the first South American country to use irradiation, is approved for figs, pomegranates, and blueberries. U.S. farm exports to Peru were $1.39 billion in 2018, making it the 24th market for U.S. agriculture products. U.S. agriculture imports from Peru were $2.23 billion.

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