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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

  • New Trade Negotiations Announced with the European Union and the United Kingdom

    Nov. 19, 2018 - On October 16, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that the Trump Administration intends to negotiate trade agreements with the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom. The notification also indicated intent to negotiate a trade agreement with Japan. In officially notifying Congress, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is following the procedures set out in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 – often referred to as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – which requires ongoing consultations with Congress. These consultations ensure that USTR develops negotiating positions with the benefit of Congress’ views. USTR hosted EU officials for discussions the week of October 22-26; these included SPS issues, and APHIS participated. USTR hosted UK officials for trade discussions the week of November 5-9 as part of a regular meeting of the U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG), which has met since the summer of 2017. There has been no announcement of when formal trade negotiations might begin with either the EU or the United Kingdom, but that is unlikely to occur before 2019 given the need to consult with Congress, solicit input via the Federal Register, and publish objectives for the negotiations at least 30 days in advance.



  • APHIS Works to Retain EU Market for Manufacture Materials of Gelatin/Collagen for Human Consumption

    March 15, 2019 - An APHIS team met with EU technical experts in Brussels regarding potential challenges for U.S. exports to the EU of materials for the manufacture of gelatin and collagen for human consumption. Currently APHIS exports approximately $100 million of these materials (such as hides, skins, and bone chips) to the EU annually from approximately 23 facilities approved by APHIS under EU requirements. The EU had notified the WTO of potential changes to its requirements which could have stopped trade. The two sides reached an agreement on all but one of the major market threatening issues. The EU agreed to remove the requirement for APHIS to personally seal each export container and to make several other changes to problematic wording in the legislation. 

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