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APHIS Office - Cairo, Egypt

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Cairo, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Cairo office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Government in Egypt. APHIS-Cairo facilitates trade, safeguarding and capacity building in the Middle East, North and East Africa.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and a geopolitically and economically important area has created a vital role for APHIS-Cairo. We ensure that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between the various economies flows smoothly, that U.S. agriculture is safeguarded from the threat of animal and plant diseases and pests in this mixing bowl of international trade and that the capacity of infrastructure of the animal and plant health services of the countries covered is strengthened. APHIS-Cairo maintains technical working relationships with our foreign counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues related to plant or animal health whenever they arise. These relationships contribute to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the U.S. and trading partners in the area, helping ensure they thrive.

In addition, our office maintains direct contact with stakeholders in order to assist and facilitate resolution of trade-related issues as they occur at ports of entry within the area of responsibility .

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 countries of the area 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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Jeffery Austin, Area Director

Countries of Responsibility: Middle East, North & East Africa, Algeria, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Authority (Animal Health), Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen


Location News

  • U.S.-Kenya Inaugural Trade Meeting

    Apr. 30, 2019 U.S. and Kenyan officials met in Washington to launch the U.S.-Kenya Trade and Investment Working Group. The venue to deepen bilateral trade and investment was led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industry Peter Munya. The parties agreed to maximize the remaining years of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); pursue exploratory talks on a future bilateral trade and investment framework; strengthen commercial cooperation; and develop short-term solutions to reduce barriers to trade and investment. Trade between the two countries is valued at $1 billion annually. Over 70 percent ($466 million in 2018) of Kenya’s exports to the United States are under AGOA. Total two-way agricultural trade approximates $200 million (2018). Key U.S. exports include coarse grains, wheat and pulses; and imports from Kenya include tree nuts, coffee/tea and essential oils. The next Working Group meeting is scheduled to take place in Nairobi in June 2019.

  • U.S. Breeding Sheep and Goats to Kuwait:

    Apr. 30, 2019   Kuwait’s veterinary authorities accepted an APHIS health certificate for U.S. breeding sheep and goats. This small but promising new market is valued at $75,000 annually.

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