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APHIS Office - Mexico City, Mexico

APHIS Office - Mexico City, Mexico

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Mexico City, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Mexico office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Mexico. The APHIS office plays a unique role in both the protection of U.S. agriculture and in the facilitation of safe trade between both countries.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico 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 Mexico City office maintains technical working relationships with our Mexican counterparts to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise.

In addition, our office maintains direct contact with industry trade groups. This relationship contributes to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the two economies, helping ensure that they thrive. For example, APHIS provides certification at origin of a large number of Mexican commodities exported to the U.S., seeks to expand and maintain market access for U.S. agricultural products and also intervenes directly for shipments detained at Mexican ports of entry.

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 Mexico continue to expand their current trade relationships and establish new partnerships into the foreseeable future.

A final but critical function of our APHIS office is to help protect U.S. agriculture from the establishment and/or spread of harmful plant pests and animal diseases where our office works in close cooperation with our Mexican plant and animal health counterparts and key industry groups in a number of areas of mutual interest and benefit. Because of a long, shared common border with similar agricultural production, climatic and environmental factors, the two countries have demonstrated a very successful history of working collaboratively since the 1940's with the eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease in livestock. More recently, both sides collaborate on fruit fly control and eradication, cotton pest eradication and in Citrus Greening disease monitoring and through the development of control strategies. On the animal side, APHIS cooperates in providing technical assistance and enhanced diagnostics of foreign animal diseases such as High Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Classical Swine Fever including the control of bovine tuberculosis and cattle fever ticks in livestock and with efforts to control rabies in wildlife.






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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Darya Chehrezad, Regional Manager

Countries of Responsibility: Mexico

Location News

  • First Binational Strategic Plan For Cattle Fever Ticks

    Oct.15, 2018 - APHIS and Mexico’s National Agricultural Health, Safety, and Quality Service (SENASICA) have signed the first U.S.-Mexico Strategic Plan for Cattle Fever Tick (CFT) with the aim of facilitating trade in healthy, tick-free and babesiosis-free cattle and reducing the spread of cattle ticks in wildlife along the border. The 5-year plan focuses on eradicating cattle fever ticks on livestock moving into Mexico and collaborating to mitigate the role wildlife play in spreading ticks. While currently, APHIS officially only recognizes the States of Sonora and Chihuahua (except 2 municipalities) as tick-free and is actively reviewing the status of State of Baja California, this new Plan has the potential to accelerate the recognition of more tick-free regions. On September 5-6, APHIS hosted a CFT meeting with SENASICA and other interested parties, including from the State of Texas and U.S. and Mexican industry, to discuss strategies and countermeasures to reduce the tick population along the Río Grande River.

  • United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

    Nov. 19, 2018 - In October, the three parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formally agreed to the terms of a successor pact to be called the USMCA. The deal follows two years negotiations and contains some notable changes from its predecessor, most prominently relating to automobile rules-of-origin and wage requirements, intellectual property protections, and a new “sunset clause” requiring joint review and agreement on renewal of the deal after six years. With regards to agriculture, the USMCA reduces certain barriers for U.S. dairy, poultry, and grain exports to Canada; compels countries to base their SPS rules on “relevant scientific principles,” to seek alignment and equivalence in their SPS regulations, and to provide opportunity to comment on the same; and establishes protections and coordination on agricultural biotechnology, an issue that was not addressed under NAFTA. The agreement requires ratification from all parties. Due to processes established under Trade Promotion Authority, the U.S. Senate will not be able to vote on the USMCA until 2019.

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