APHIS Office - Pretoria, South Africa

APHIS Office - Pretoria, South Africa

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and South Africa 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 Pretoria office maintains technical working relationships with our South African 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 South African 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 South Africa 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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Jeromy McKim, Area Director

George Fox, Agriculturalist

Countries of Responsibility: Republic of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Location News

  • United States Expands Market Access for Turkey Meat to South Africa

    Jan. 29, 2018 - United States Expands Market Access for Turkey Meat to South Africa: On January 19, APHIS received confirmation from South Africa’s Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on an agreed health certificate to allow turkey meat derived from Canadian-origin turkeys. In 2015, South Africa reopened market access to U.S. poultry products but required that all poultry products be derived from birds hatched and raised in the United States, restricting the portion of the U.S. turkey industry that import day-old turkeys from Canada. The elimination of this requirement successfully expands market access for U.S. turkey meat to South Africa. From 2016-2017, the U.S. poultry market grew roughly 300% and continues to be a market with growth opportunities.



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