US opens APHIS representative office in Vietnam
Wednesday, 2018-02-07 05:42:53
NDO - A representative office of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) under the US Department of Agriculture has opened at the US Embassy in Hanoi.
The launch of the office took place on February 5 and was attended by Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam, APHIS Deputy Administrator Cheryle Blakely, and the US ambassador to Vietnam.
Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said that the opening of the office is the latest example of the US’ continued efforts to strengthen the trade relationship between the two countries.
As agricultural trade between the US and Vietnam is growing, the APHIS office in Hanoi will have the role of ensuring that new trade opportunities are realised and existing trade between the two economies flows smoothly.
The office will maintain technical working relationships with its Vietnamese counterparts to resolve sanitary and phytosanitary issues whenever they arise.
In addition, the APHIS office’s regulatory mission allows for a flow of agricultural trade that meets international animal and plant health standards, which has helped Vietnam export several varieties of fruit to the US.