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APHIS Office - Panama City, Panama

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Panama 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 Panama City office maintains technical working relationships with our Panamanian 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 Panama's 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 Panama 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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Cesar Sandoval, Agricultural Scientist (U.S. Embassy Office)

Vanessa Dellis, U.S. COPEG Director, Screwworm Program (Pacora, Panama)

Countries of Responsibility: Panama, Animal and Plant Health, SPS, Safeguarding and Capacity Building issues


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    Nov. 20, 2018 - Animal health officials in Panama have accepted APHIS’ proposed modifications to requirements for U.S. swine semen exports to the country.  The agreement follows a year of negotiations and review, and will facilitate market access by allowing more options for required diagnostic testing for Brucellosis and Transmissible Gastroenteritis.


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