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APHIS Office - Santiago, Chile

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Chile 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 Santiago office maintains technical working relationships with our Chilean 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 Chilean 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 Chile 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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Location News

  • U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) SPS Committee Meeting

    Nov. 19, 2018 — In October, APHIS-International Services participated in the U.S. Trade Representative-led U.S.-Chile SPS Committee meeting. The U.S. issues included access for U.S. blueberries and reinstatement of access for salmonid eggs. Chile issues included revised access conditions for blueberries, table grapes, and new access for Chilean cattle.   In 2017, the United States exported $930 million in agricultural products to Chile.

  • APHIS Hosts Chile for Plant Health Bilateral

    Mar. 15, 2019 - APHIS met with Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) for the plant health bilateral in Gulfport, Mississippi. U.S. issues included market access for U.S. blueberries, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in Chile, and corn on the cob for research. Chile issues including systems approaches for Chilean blueberries in the Bio Bio and Nuble regions, table grapes, and figs. APHIS and SAG also signed the Framework Equivalency Work Plan (FEWP) for Irradiation. The participants had the opportunity to tour the Gulfport Irradiation Facility. U.S. agricultural exports to Chile reached almost $1 billion in FY18.

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