The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Manila, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Manila office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Philippines.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and the Philippines 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 Manila office maintains technical working relationships with our Filipino 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 Filipino 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 the Philippines 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.
Russell Caplen, Area Officer
Countries of Responsibility: Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Pacific Islands (including, but not a full listing) American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna
Mar. 25, 2019 - On March 20, APHIS informed the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) that effective immediately all necessary updates have been made for the export of young green coconuts from the Philippines. This update expands existing market access which included seeds and dehusked, liquid-free coconuts. In 2017, coconut and coconut products to the world was the number one agricultural export from the Philippines reaching $2.27 billion.
Apr. 15, 2019 — Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has announced that it will not release consignments from biosecurity control if split or damaged U.S. citrus are detected at on-arrival inspection. This policy change follows a detection of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in fresh U.S. oranges exported to New Zealand. Despite fallen citrus fruit being identified as a potential pathway for SWD, Australia’s 2013 final PRA for SWD did not recommend risk mitigation measures for commercial quality citrus. If split or damaged fruit are detected during on-arrival inspection, the importer will be offered options to dispose or re-export the shipment. U.S. citrus exports to Australia totaled $26.3 million in 2018.