Mexico Trade Update

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October 14, 2014

CCOF is diligently working to meet the needs of CCOF clients in Mexico and those who sell products to Mexico. Mexico’s organic standards are moving forward with a final implementation date of April 2015. CCOF participated in Governor Jerry Brown’s Mexico Trade Delegation and is working directly with Mexican officials, CDFA, the NOP, clients and others to ensure the smoothest possible transition and certification to the new Mexican standard.

Under the new standard, operations will be required to meet the Mexican organic standards and for CCOF to become accredited by SENASICA. To meet these requirements and client needs, CCOF is working to open a branch office of CCOF Certification Services in Mexico which will allow accreditation while providing some basic representation of CCOF in Mexico.

Additionally, CCOF is working to provide services in Spanish to processing operations — as we already do for farms — and will be making a Spanish processor/handler organic system plan available in the near future.

Shipping to Mexico? Enroll in CCOF’s Mexico Compliance Program!

Mexico’s organic sector is growing and CCOF is proud to be part of the implementation of the historic Mexican organic standards, which took effect in October 2013. Operations already certified to the NOP have until April 2015 to obtain certification to the Mexican standards. CCOF’s new Mexico Compliance Program verifies compliance with these standards, and we are pleased to share that we do not expect any substantive changes for operations that are already USDA NOP certified.

If your operation exports or may export organic products to Mexico, we recommend that you enroll in the Mexico Compliance Program as soon as possible. Operations located in Mexico are already enrolled in the program.

Visit www.ccof.org/mexico for additional information and to download the program application.