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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

  • U.S.-Ecuador Agriculture Working Group

    Mar. 15, 2019 - In February, the first meeting of the United States-Ecuador Trade and Investment Council (TIC) Agricultural Working Group (WG) was held via video teleconference. The Working Group was an outcome of the November 2018 TIC meeting, with USTR leading for the United States. The WG meeting covered a range of topics, including cooperation and facilitation of food and agriculture exports. Ecuador raised several topics that are under APHIS authority, including a request for technical assistance on the molecular detection of huanglongbing (HLB) disease and status updates on several phytosanitary market access issues. The United States thanked Ecuador for the extension on compliance of the Resolutions 217 and 003 requirements for the U.S. industry.

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