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APHIS Office - Brussels, Belgium

APHIS Office - Brussels, Belgium

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is collocated with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Brussels office. We represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the European Union. Operationally, APHIS-Brussels houses the APHIS Regional Office for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the APHIS European Union Area Office. The mission of the Regional Office is to provide technical SPS leadership, management and coordination of zoosanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues with the European Union, Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa. To accomplish the mission of the APHIS Brussels Office to the EU, APHIS works as part of the US-EU Mission in close cooperation with Chief Veterinary Officers and plant health directors from individual Member States. 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 EU ports of entry. Both offices work in close cooperation with international standard-setting organizations, such as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris, and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), headquartered in Rome.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and the EU has created a vital role for APHIS to ensure new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly.

Finally, APHIS's role will continue to increase as the United States and the European Union 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 mision 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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Mark Prescott and Cynthia Duerr, Acting Regional Managers for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
International Services, APHIS, USDA
US Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium

Countries of Responsibility: Andorra, *Austria, *Belgium, *Bulgaria, *Cyprus Southern (Greek), Cyprus Northern (Turkish), *Czech Republic, *Denmark (Faroe Islands and Greenland), European Commission and member Representatives, *Estonia, *Finland, *France (Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Ile Amsterdam, Iles Crozet, Ile Kerguelen, Ile Saint-Paul, Juan De Nova Island, Mayotte, Reunion and Tromelin Island), *Germany (Helgoland), *Greece (Crete), *Hungary, Iceland, *Ireland, Israel, *Italy, *Latvia, Liechtenstein, *Lithuania, *Luxembourg, *Malta, Monaco, *Netherlands, Norway (Jan Mayen, Svalbard and Bouvet Island), Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza Strip), *Poland, *Portugal (Azores and Madeira Islands), *Romania, San Marino, *Slovakia, *Slovenia, *Spain (Canary Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla), *Sweden, Switzerland, *United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, South Shetland Islands, South Orkneys, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension and British Indian Ocean Territory), and Vatican City.

* + 27 European Union countries

Location News

  • European Union Expands U.S. Ovine/Caprine Materials Eligible for Use in Animal Byproducts

    Aug. 6, 2018 - On July 9, the EU published a regulation removing tonsils of ovine and caprine animals over 12 months of age, as well as the spleen and ileum of ovine and caprine animals of all ages, from the EU definition of specified risk materials. This change will expand market access animal byproducts, including pet food, manufactured in the United States for export to the European Union. The estimated value of this trade accomplishment is $10 million per year. The new regulation will not affect U.S. exports of ovine and caprine meat exported to the EU for human consumption, because those exports are ineligible for other animal and public health issues.


  • United Kingdom Announces Intent to Seek Free Trade Agreements with the United States and Other Trading Partners

    Aug. 6, 2018 - On July 18, UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the United Kingdom would seek to launch bilateral negotiations for free trade agreements with the United States and other nations, and would also consider acceding to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The UK cannot begin to negotiate free trade agreements until it leaves the European Union, which is expected to happen in March 2019. In July 2017, The United States and UK launched a Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) to set the stage for closer trade ties, including a potential future free trade agreement. The precise timetable and scope of any future free trade agreement negotiations with the UK depends on the final terms for Brexit, negotiations for which remain in flux. Any U.S.-UK FTA could not be finalized or enter into effect until the post-Brexit transition period currently being negotiated between the UK and EU ends; it is currently set to last until December 31, 2020. During the transition period, the UK would be obligated to continue following EU requirements for many products, including those subject to SPS controls, and would be largely unable to set import requirements that differ from those in effect for the European Union, many of which are highly problematic for U.S. exporters.

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