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APHIS Office - Vienna, Austria

The staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Embassy in Vienna represent the interests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 19 countries in Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia including Russia and Turkey.  We work in close collaboration with our colleagues at the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS).

Growing agricultural trade between the United States and our area of coverage has created a vital role for APHIS ensuring that new trade opportunities are realized and that existing trade between these economies flows smoothly. The APHIS Vienna office maintains technical working relationships with our counterparts in this region to resolve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues whenever they arise. These relationships contribute to maintaining the success of agricultural trade-related commercial activities between the economy of the United States and those of 19 countries covered by the Vienna office, 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 points of entry.  Moreover, another objective of our office in Vienna is to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources from exotic animal and plant pests and diseases by monitoring the occurrence of such pests and diseases and through enhancing the capacity building of foreign officials in those countries in order to mitigate those pests.

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 continues to expand its 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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Dr. Hala Toubia, Agricultural Specialist

Countries of Responsibility: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

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  • APHIS Opens Markets for U.S. Cattle, Goats, and Sheep to Turkmenistan

    Apr. 30, 2019 — APHIS and Turkmen counterparts have agreed on conditions for the export of live cattle, goats, and sheep to Turkmenistan. The agreement follows success in opening other markets in Central Asia over the past decade, including cattle to Kazakhstan, sheep and goats to Uzbekistan, and hatching eggs/day-old chicks to both Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. APHIS has also made progress towards opening the live cattle market to Tajikistan and hopes to reach final agreement soon. These trade successes have been the result of several factors that include improving economic outlook in those countries, political changes resulting in greater openness to trade, and their desire for improved livestock and poultry genetics. The potential value of Turkmenistan’s imports of US cattle, goats and sheep is estimated at $20 million annually.

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