The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Hanoi, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Hanoi office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Vietnam.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Vietnam 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 Hanoi office maintains technical working relationships with our Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese 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 Vietnam 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.
Conrad Estrada, Area Director
Countries of Responsibility: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Contact office for: Vietnam
Mar. 26, 2018 - A Vietnamese delegation headed by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Vice Minister Vũ Văn Tám visited the Washington, DC area to seek comments from FAS, APHIS, FSIS, FDA, and industry on the drafting of Vietnamese animal production laws. The trip was organized by the Food and Agriculture Export Alliance (FAEA). USDA provided presentations on information requested by the delegation in advance of their visit on topics such as animal production, animal health, and food safety. The delegation also met with USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. The meeting covered a range of topics from recent successes to pending issues, as well as the delegation’s general concern over the pace of Vietnamese market access requests.
Feb. 5, 2018 - The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi held a ceremony to officially open the APHIS office in Vietnam. U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink, along with APHIS/IS Deputy Administrator Cheryle Blakely, formally opened the office. Guests of the ceremony included officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and various representatives from the agricultural sector. In opening the APHIS office, the U.S. continues to solidify an important relationship between the U.S.–Vietnam, supports ongoing growth in bilateral trade, and establishes an APHIS presence to help forge a greater technical relationship with MARD. In 2016, Vietnam was the 10th largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, worth $2.7 billion. U.S. agricultural exports grew more than 1,000 percent during the past 10 years. The United States is the third largest market for Vietnamese fruit, worth $84.5 million in 2016, a significant increase from 2015.