Exporting Organic Product
Would you like to sell your products outside of the United States, Mexico or Canada? CCOF is an expert in organic exports and routinely works with foreign certifiers and governments to clarify requirements and address concerns. CCOF has several programs designed to review your operation and products for compliance to international markets:
These programs are available to clients who wish to export organic products or sell raw products that may be processed into a value-added product for international markets. Clients exporting to Canada, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan need to enroll in one of these programs. Clients exporting to Mexico are encouraged to enroll.
When you enroll in our GMA, International Standard, or Mexico Compliance programs, your operation will be reviewed by CCOF staff to determine if your product meets the requirements of the importing markets. If compliant, these products will be listed as eligible for export on your Organic Certificate and you will be able to request the needed export documents from CCOF for your international shipments.
Program costs can be found in the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual.
Which Program is Right for You?
Global Market Access (GMA) enrollment is needed if you do any of the following:
Export CCOF certified organic products to Canada, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea or Taiwan from the United States
- Export CCOF certified organic products to Canada from Mexico
- Export CCOF certified COR organic products to the US from Canada
- Design labels for products that will be sold in Canada, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea or Taiwan
- Design labels for COR products that will be sold in the US
- Produce wine that is exported to the EU or Switzerland from the United States
- Raise livestock or make livestock products that are exported to the US from Canada
- Sell CCOF certified organic products to any buyer who requires international verification certification
When you enroll in the GMA program CCOF will verify that your products and labels meet requirements for foreign markets where the U.S. National Organic Program or Canada Organic Regime has equivalence arrangements, including Canada, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
International Standard program enrollment is needed if you:
- Export to the EU or Switzerland from Mexico
When you enroll in the International Standard program CCOF will review your products and labels to our private standard, which has been granted equivalence to the EU and Swiss standards. CCOF is accredited under ISO Guide 17065 to offer compliance verification to Europe’s organic regulations, EEC 834/2007 and the Swiss Organic Ordinances for Mexico based operations shipping directly to the EU or Switzerland.
Mexico Compliance program enrollment is needed if you:
- Grow organic product in Mexico
Handle organic product in Mexico
Export organic retail products to Mexico from the United States
When you enroll in the Mexico Compliance Program CCOF will verify compliance with Mexican organic requirements in addition to USDA NOP Requirements. If you export to Mexico from the United States or Canada, enrollment is not mandatory at this time, but CCOF highly encourages operations to enroll in the MCP to ensure your labels are compliant and to make the transition smoother when Mexico announces enforcement of their standards on imports.
You do not need to enroll in any international program if you:
Grow crops which are exported by a certified organic buyer or exporter to the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, or used as ingredients in products exported by someone else to the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan
Grow crops that are exported or used as ingredients in products exported to Canada by another certified operation who does not require international verification
- Raise ruminant livestock that are exported to Canada, or make livestock products from ruminant livestock that are exported to Canada
Visit CCOF’s Export Certificates page to access export documents for the EU, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and others.
CCOF has also developed an International Market Labeling Guide to explain labeling requirements for organic products sold in various markets. This and other labeling tools are available on our Labeling and Logos resources page.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions about international programs or exports!