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APHIS Office - Santiago, Chile

APHIS Office - Santiago, Chile

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

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Chile 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 Santiago office maintains technical working relationships with our Chilean 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 Chilean 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 Chile 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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Sam Johnson (PPQ), Preclearance Supervisor


Location News

  • Chilean Cherimoya and Lemons

    April 3, 2018 - APHIS has published the Final Rule to allow for the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental United States. The cherimoya must be produced in accordance with a systems approach, as an alternative to the currently required treatment. The rule will be effective on April 30, 2018, thirty days after publication. Additionally, on April 6, APHIS published the Final Rule for Chilean lemons. The rule will be effective May 7, 2018. APHIS amended the fruits and vegetables regulations to list lemon (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.) from Chile as eligible for importation into the continental United States subject to a systems approach. Lemons were Chile’s top market access request.

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