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APHIS Office - Taipei, Taiwan

APHIS Office - Taipei, Taiwan

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Taipei office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Taiwan.

U.S. agricultural exports to Taiwan totaled $3.2 billion in calendar year (CY) 2016 making Taiwan (an island of 23 million people) the 7th largest agricultural export market.  Agricultural trade between the United States and Taiwan 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 Taiwan office maintains technical working relationships with animal and plant health regulatory counterparts in Taiwan to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise. This strong working relationship contributes to maintaining and promoting successful agricultural trade and commercial activities between the two economies.

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 ports of entry in Taiwan.

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 Taiwan 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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Russell T. Caplen, Area Director

Countries of Responsibility: Taiwan

Location News

  • Taiwan Lifts HPAI Ban on Tennessee

    April 19, 2018 - Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture recognized the State of Tennessee as free of HPAI. The announcement comes approximately 8 months (August 11, 2017) after the United States completed all necessary actions and surveillance requirements in accordance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Code to self-declare itself as a country free of HPAI. In 2017, the market for poultry and poultry products totaled $158 million.


  • APHIS Allows the Additional Orchids in Growing Media from Taiwan

    Apr. 6, 2018 - APHIS has published a final rule adding orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the United States in an approved growing medium. APHIS took this action in response to a request from the Taiwanese Government and after determining that the plants could be imported, under certain conditions, without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a quarantine plant pest or noxious weed. The rule became effective March 1, 2018.

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