Foreign Agricultural Service

The Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala represents U.S. agricultural interests in Guatemala on behalf of the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Our primary objective is to assist U.S. agricultural, fisheries, and forestry product exporters interested in exporting to Guatemala.  We analyze market access conditions, supply and demand trends, and potential market opportunities for U.S. exporters.  We assist Guatemalan importers in their efforts to locate reliable U.S. agricultural products exporters.  We also work to resolve customs and port issues and collaborate with host government officials to improve market access for U.S. food and agricultural products.  For more information write us at: agguatemala@fas.usda.gov

Our mission includes a mandate to improve market access for U.S. products, to promote U.S. agricultural exports to the four countries and improve dialogue between the governments and the United States related to agriculture and agricultural issues in order to strengthen our relationships.

We assist U.S. companies that export food, beverages, and other agro industrial products to enter the Guatemalan, Honduran, Salvadoran, and Belizean markets.  We also assist local importers to find U.S. suppliers for needed agricultural products.

Additionally, FAS oversees USDA’s large development and assistance programs in the region, Food for Progress and the McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs.

Our Services

  • Commodity Reports:  We provide periodic supply and demand estimates of agricultural commodities such as oilseeds, grains, seeds, citrus, canned fruit, wine, sugar, dairy, livestock, and poultry, among others, with a wealth of data about the individual markets.
  • Sector Reports:  We report on and provide important data about various sectors including biotechnology and new technologies, organics, forestry, biofuels, and cotton.
  • FAIRS reporting: The FAIRS reports are market access reports offering detailed overviews of labeling and import requirements for food and agricultural products, food legislation and standards.
  • Exporter Guides: The Office of Agricultural Affairs also prepare periodic exporter guides describing national economic situations, market structures and trends, key players involved in export expansion, exporter tips and best high-value prospects.

To see a list of the reports available please click here.

Capacity building, development and training: FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity. FAS/Guatemala City leads this effort in Central America’s Northern Triangle to build market-driven institutions and science-based regulatory frameworks that facilitate trade and create an environment conducive to agricultural growth.

FAS manages the Food for Progress programs in the region. Food for Progress has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products. FAS also manages the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program that helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe.

To learn more about FAS’s international programs please click here.

APHIS in Guatemala

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has a broad mission 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.

The APHIS Guatemala City office maintains technical working relationships with our Guatemalan 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.

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 Guatemalan ports of entry.

Because the 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) and other relevant international standards-setting organizations, APHIS’ role will continue to increase as the United States and Guatemala continue to expand their current trade relationships and establish new partnerships into the future.

Contact:  Roberto Pantaleon
Executive Director Medfly Programs
Phone: (502) 2389-4618
email: Roberto.Pantaleon@aphis.usda.gov

U.S. Personnel

  • Todd Drennan
    Agricultural Counselor
  • Sean Cox
    Agricultural Attaché

Guatemalan Personnel

  • Karla Tay
    Agricultural Specialist
  • Edith Vásquez
    Marketing Specialist
  • Cindy Suruy
    Administrative Assistant