International Update

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Date Published: 
January 23, 2013

As the market for organic products expands globally and organic production grows, we are seeing developments and/or modification to organic standards in both producer and importer countries worldwide. These include China, Brazil, Switzerland, Korea, Mexico, and others. CCOF remains engaged with the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, and others to address market barriers and solve import and export issues for CCOF clients. We are continuing to try to eliminate paperwork and verification barriers wherever possible.

Visit the new OTA global trade resource guide for up-to-date information on standards worldwide, and a wealth of helpful market and trade information.


The Korean government has recently extended the deadline for Korean national certification of processed organic products imported to Korea until January 1, 2014. However, beginning January 1, 2013, all fresh products exported to Korea must be certified to the Korean standard. CCOF is exploring solutions and options for CCOF clients. Please contact us if Korea is an important market for you.


Switzerland is actively revising their organic standards and system to more closely follow the standards of the rest of the European Union. In the interim, CCOF has applied for direct equivalency with the Swiss government. We are awaiting approval of our application for operations in the U.S. and working with the FAS and others to explore long term solutions. Our goal is to simplify the process and reduce costs for all clients.