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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, Acting Regional Manager 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

  • APHIS Works to Retain EU Market for Animal By-Products not for Human or Animal Consumption

    Apr. 30, 2019 The EU has published Regulation (EU) 142/2011 Chapter 8 Health Certificate “for animal by-products to be used for purposes outside the feed chain or for trade samples, intended for dispatch to or for transit through the European Union.” The new certificate must be utilized by U.S. exporters for consignments certified after July 31, 2019. Prior to publication of the certificate, APHIS engaged the European Union via meetings and written correspondence to ensure the amended certificate would not impose additional restrictions on U.S. exports. Prior to launching the new certificate, APHIS had to create over twenty complex fillable pdfs, before educating the VS Field and U.S. industry on the use of the new certificate. APHIS launched the new certificate on April 4, 2019 after having completed extensive revisions to the related section of the APHIS website.



  • APHIS Opens New EU Market for Unprocessed Skins/Furs

    Apr. 30, 2019 APHIS has implemented a new certificate that opens the EU market for unprocessed skins/furs of animals which are not slaughtered for food (e.g., mink furs). Previously the EU required certification that the skins/furs were derived from animals which had passed ante-mortem inspection for human consumption, which effectively blocked U.S. exports involving animals not raised to produce food for human consumption. The new certificate is a result of multiple meetings and letter exchanges between EU and APHIS technical officials, as well as separate meetings between APHIS and certain EU Member States.

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