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APHIS Office - New Delhi, India

APHIS Office - New Delhi, India

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in New Delhi, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) New Delhi office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in India.

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and India 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 New Delhi office maintains technical working relationships with our Indian 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 Indian 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 India 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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Dr. Murali Bandla, Area Director

Countries of Responsibility: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan & Afghanistan

Location News

  • India Provides Updated Peas and Pulses Waiver and Import Policy

    May 4, 2018 - On April 25, India’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) extended the fumigation waiver to allow peas and pulses to be fumigated on arrival to India without penalty for fumigation. APHIS and MOA agreed to the updated waiver during the April 11-12, 2018, bilateral in New Delhi, India, and the waiver will remain in place until an agreement can be reached on a systems approach without fumigation. On the same day of the issuance of the extended the fumigation waiver, MOA also revised their import policy for yellow peas moving peas from the “free” to “restricted” category from April 1 to June 30. This restricts imports to 100,000 metric tons during this timeframe.

  • India Accepts Digitally Endorsed Health Certificates for Live Animals and Germplasm

    June 1, 2018 - India confirmed they will accept certificates that have been digitally endorsed through APHIS’ Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). VEHCS is an electronic system for the creation, issuance, and endorsement of U.S. veterinary export health certificates for animals and germplasm. While the trade impact is minimal, this system will facilitate trade by allowing USDA-accredited veterinarians to issue and securely submit U.S. veterinary export health certificates and supporting documentation electronically to APHIS for endorsement. Should the authenticity of a digitally-endorsed U.S. veterinary export health certificate be called into question, the importing country may use the online “VEHCS Certificate Viewer” for verification. Implementation of the new system will take some time as APHIS/VS will need to upload the certificates to VEHCS now that India has agreed to accept the digitally endorsed certificates.

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