The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Tokyo office, represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Japan.
Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Japan 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 Tokyo office maintains technical working relationships with our Japanese 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 Japanese 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 Japan 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.
Dr. Karen Sliter, Northern Asia Regional Manager
Countries of Responsibility: Japan
Aug. 23, 2018 - In August, Japan lifted the prohibitions on the import of live poultry and hatching eggs from Missouri and poultry products from two 10 km radius zones within Missouri. The prohibitions on live poultry and hatching eggs from the entire State and poultry products from a 10 km radius zone centered in Jasper County, Missouri, had been in place since March 3, 2018. The prohibitions on products from the second 10 km radius zone, centered in Webster County, Missouri, had been in place since March 15. The prohibition on products from the Jasper County zone was lifted effective August 1, with the others to follow effective August 21. This action marks the first time Japan has lifted bans within the same State sequentially, as opposed to past practices of waiting until at least ninety days after the completion of cleaning and disinfection of the last premises in the entire State was completed before lifting any restrictions on any portion of the State.
Aug. 27, 2018 - On July 23, APHIS finalized a protocol for the export of various spray dried poultry powders to Japan for the manufacture of pet food. The protocol is the result of consultations held between APHIS and Japanese technical experts at the 2017 and 2018 Animal Health Technical Bilaterals in Japan. Products such as spray dried turkey liver and spray dried duck meat are now eligible for export to Japan for the first time since 2001, when Japan prohibited the import of processed animal proteins including meat powders for use in pet food from all countries as a result of its domestic detection of BSE. APHIS worked with Japan and U.S. industry to re-open the market, but the Japanese system required the re-opening to occur slowly, initially one commodity at a time. APHIS will continue to work to re-open the market for other processed animal proteins, including other types of spray dried porcine powders.