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. 25, 2019 - On March 20, APHIS confirmed the first successful shipments of U.S. blueberries to Vietnam. The shipments cleared through Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. The shipment comes roughly a month after Vietnam’s Plant Protection Department (PPD) notification on February 15th confirming market access for U.S. blueberries. Industry estimates a potential $2 million in exports of blueberries to Vietnam this season.
Apr. 30, 2019 — Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) notified the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) that an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has occurred in the Rattanakiri (Soamkanign, Soam Thom, Oyadav) area. APHIS has added Cambodia to the list of countries affected with ASF. APHIS continues to work with international bodies at workshops to help combat the spread of ASF, which has also spread through China, Mongolia, Vietnam, and European Union Member States, including Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania.