Korea

Korean Exports – US/Korea Equivalence Arrangement

Korean Organic Logo

If you would like to export organic products to Korea, CCOF can help. On July 1, 2014, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) and the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) signed an organic standards equivalency arrangement. The arrangement only covers processed products, as defined by the Korean Food Code, produced in either country. Raw or unprocessed products are not allowed entry into Korea.

The arrangement only covers processed products, as defined by the Korean Food Code, produced in either country. Raw or unprocessed products are not allowed entry into Korea through this equivalence.

Achieve compliance verification to the US/Korea Equivalence Arrangement by enrolling in the Global Market Access (GMA) program for Korea. Send a completed GMA application to inbox@ccof.org to enroll in the program!

You need to enroll in the GMA program for Korea if you:

  • Want to maximize market opportunities and ensure your products will be accepted by most foreign markets and buyers
  • Export CCOF certified organic products to Korea from the United States
  • Design labels for products that will be sold in Korea
  • Sell CCOF certified organic products to any buyer who requires international verification certification

Terms of the US/Korea Equivalence Arrangement

  • Product from the United States certified to NOP standards may be shipped to Korea and use the Korean Organic logo as long as the critical variances and the arrangement terms are met.
  • Product from Korea that is certified to the Korean organic standards may be shipped to the United States and use the USDA NOP logo as long as the critical variances and the arrangement terms are met.
  • Products must be either produced within the United States or Korea, or have final processing occur within the United States or Korea.
  • Both the USDA organic seal and the Korean organic logo may be used on certified products from either location, in addition to the certifier’s logo.
  • Product labels must comply with destination market labeling regulations. Visit our Labeling and Logos page for guidance
  • Exported product from either location must be accompanied by an export certificate. The certificate for export to Korea is the NAQS Import Certificate of Organic Processed Foods.

Critical Variances for Product Entering Korea

  • Apples and pears must be produced without antibiotics.
  • Only processed products, as defined by the Korean Food Code, are allowed to be exported to Korea.
Critical Variances for Product entering the United States
  • Livestock products must be produced without antibiotics, as verified by the supplier’s certifier.
Exclusions to the US/Korea Equivalence Arrangement
  • Organic raw or unprocessed products are not allowed to be exported under this arrangement.
Additional Equivalence Arrangement Resources

Korean Labeling Requirements and Use of the Korean Organic Logo

CCOF has developed a helpful International Market Labeling Guide to explain labeling requirements for organic products sold in Korea. All products shipped to Korea must meet Korean labeling requirements. Send all labels to CCOF for approval prior to printing. To learn more, read the MAFRA Organic logo and labeling information instructions.
 
Download the Korean logo and learn more about international labeling requirements by visiting our Labeling and Logos page. Use of the Korean logo is optional for imported products. If the Korean logo is used, additional requirements apply. 
 
All product destined for Korea must include the following on the label:
  • Manufacturer Name and client code, including for private label products.
  • Packaged in: USA
  • Certifier Name
  • Client Code
  • Telephone number of the Seller or Importer