As of June 1, 2012, the process for shipping organic product from the US to the EU is dramatically simplified under the terms of the US/ EU Equivalency Arrangement.
If you are shipping NOP certified product that has final packaging or processing in the US to an EU member state, all you need is to:
- Be enrolled in the CCOF Global Market Access (GMA) program and be verified as compliant with the terms of the Equivalency Arrangement.
- All apples and pears, or apple and pear ingredients, must have been grown without antibiotics (tetracycline or streptomycin)
- All labels must meet the EU labeling requirements
- Request an export certificate from CCOF to accompany every shipment.
If you are shipping NOP certified product from outside the United States directly to the EU, the terms of the Equivalency Arrangement do not apply. Instead, you must enroll in the CCOF International Standard program.