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APHIS Office - San Jose, Costa Rica

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Costa Rica 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 San Jose office maintains technical working relationships with our Costa Rican 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 Costa Rican 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 Costa Rica 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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Joseph Vukovich, Agriculturalist

Countries of Responsibility: Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize (Animal & Plant Health, SPS, Safeguarding, and Capacity Building Issues)

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    Nov. 20, 2018 - Costa Rica’s Plant Health Department announced the appointment of a new Quarantine Director, Mr. Nelson Morera.  APHIS has worked with Mr. Morera since he began his career as an Inspector for the APHIS-run Mango Preclearance Program, and has invited him to various trainings since.  APHIS expects Mr. Morera to maintain the cooperative working relationship of his predecessor, Mr. Marco Alfaro, who held the position over the last 12 years.

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