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Saving You Money: EU Program Disappearing

Many CCOF operations are enrolled in a program they do not need. CCOF is saving 600+ operations $125 each during the 2015 renewal by processing this withdrawal internally.

Why? After reviewing our records we discovered that 600+ CCOF growers have not withdrawn from the US/EU Equivalency status under CCOF’s Global Market Access program, even though they no longer require the program. The historic US/EU Equivalency Arrangement, that CCOF worked directly to help achieve, requires that you enroll only if you:

Open Your Business to a New World of Clients

Learn how to grow your organic business by cutting the red tape of export requirements.

CCOF is partnering with the California Centers for International Trade Development to offer comprehensive training in exporting California specialty crops.

The course, CalAgX, consists of a series of six half-day sessions and will be held at three locations, Sacramento, Clovis, and Lancaster, starting August 5 and ending September 25 (see schedule). The program is aimed at businesses new to exporting.

Export News: Do you ship to China? Do you want to?

The Chinese market is proving to be a challenging one for U.S. organic produce to enter. Chinese consumers are demanding more U.S. organic product, while only a handful of U.S. operations are certified to the Chinese standard and are exporting product there. In an effort to expand the global reach of U.S. organic and ease the rigors of direct certification to the Chinese standard, CCOF is working with WIT Assessment, a Chinese certifier, to find solutions to this trade issue.

Important Korea Equivalency Arrangement Update

On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency arrangement for processed food products.

Export News: OTA Resources Help Increase Global Organic Trade

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based association with the mission to promote and protect organic trade, recently launched an online resource to help foster growing relationships between U.S. organic producers and foreign buyers. Their U.S. Export Directory, a searchable database of U.S.

CCOF Meets with Chinese Certifier

The Chinese standard does not allow equivalence agreements with other countries for organic products, meaning U.S. operations wishing to send their organic product to China are required to obtain direct certification to the Chinese standard through a Chinese certification body. In an effort to alleviate some of the time, money, and labor this process requires, CCOF met with representatives of WIT Assessment, one of the highest ranking certifiers in China, on May 15, 2014. CCOF and WIT are in ongoing discussions to help improve the process for U.S. organic products entering China.

Brazilian Ministry of Ag Visits CCOF Certified Farms

On April 29-30, 2014, three federal inspectors from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), and a USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Brazil Agricultural Marketing Specialist, toured CCOF-certified farms in the Davis, CA area.

International Trade Update: Japan and Korea

U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014

The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic products certified in either the United States or Japan may now be sold as organic in either market.

International Trade Update: Japan and Korea

U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014

The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic product certified in either the United States or Japan may now be sold as organic in either market. See the USDA Organic Insider announcement for more details about the agreement, partnership resources, a Q&A, and other resources for exporting and importing.

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