The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Seoul, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Seoul office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Korea.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Korea 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 Seoul office maintains technical working relationships with our Korean 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 Korean 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 Korea 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.
Kelan Evans, Agricultural Science Officer
Countries of Responsibility: South Korea, North Korea
June 1, 2018 - On May 17, APHIS finalized revised health certificates for the export of pet food containing tallow to Korea. The Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) approved the certificates the following day. This accomplishment follows months of negotiations between APHIS and APQA to revise the certificates to allow tallow containing less than 0.15 percent insoluble impurities to be included in U.S. pet food exports. These updated certificates have the potential to facilitate additional U.S. pet food exports to Korea, which totaled over $3 million in 2017.
Apr. 2, 2018 - Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) confirmed another detection of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in a swine farm, following a detection on another farm on March 27, 2018. MAFRA found that the April 2 detection is epidemiologically linked to the first outbreak and is taking action to prevent the spread of FMD by ensuring the implementation of thorough control measures and emergency vaccinations as needed. MAFRA completed the waste disposal of the FMD outbreak farm as well as preventive depopulation of seven farms at risk on March 30 and decided to extend the movement ban between cloven-hoofed animal farms by one week, through April 9. MAFRA will continue to conduct an epidemiological investigation on the source of the outbreak and share that information with the public and trading partners.