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APHIS Office - Quito, Ecuador

APHIS Office - Quito, Ecuador

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Ecuador 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 Quito office maintains technical working relationships with our Ecuadoran 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 Ecuadoran 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 Ecuador 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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Esteban V. Espinosa, Agricultural Specialist

Countries of Responsibility: Ecuador

Location News

  • APHIS Meets with Ecuador on Animal Products

    Oct. 16, 2018 - An APHIS delegation met with officials from Ecuador’s Agency for Animal and Plant Health Regulation and Control (AGROCALIDAD) to discuss several U.S. animal products proposals for export, including bovine meat and bone meal (MBM).

  • U.S.-Ecuador Plant Health Technical Meeting

    May 4, 2018 - From April 24-25, Ecuador’s Agency for Animal and Plant Health Regulation and Control (AGROCALIDAD) hosted APHIS for plant health talks in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador imported $27 million worth of U.S. fruit and horticultural products in 2017. Progress was made on several U.S. issues, namely Chicory and Trifolium seeds and U.S. grapevines for planting. Ecuador’s priorities are market access for Haas avocado, Cape gooseberry (proposed rule), and tree tomatoes (final rule in clearance). Imports of those commodities pending access (tree tomato and Cape gooseberry) are estimated at $8 million. APHIS gave AGROCALIDAD an irradiation work plan to sign. Once implemented, Ecuador will be the second South American country (after Peru) to embrace this technology.

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