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CCOF Invests in Mexico Operations

CCOF’s work to obtain approval as a certification body under the new Mexican organic standards continues with the selection of CCOF local representative, Luis Lopez in Guadalajara, Mexico. CCOF boards have also approved the formation of CCOF Servicios de Certificación S. de R.L. de C.V. to meet the needs of CCOF operations based in Mexico. CCOF’s Spanish language services and documents will also soon expand to include processor/handler operations and Organic System Plans.

CCOF Invierte en Empresas en México

CCOF continúa trabajando para obtener la aprobación como una organización de certificación orgánica bajo las nuevas regulaciones de Mexico con Luis López como representante local de CCOF, ubicado en Guadalajara, México. Además, la junta directiva de CCOF ha aprobado la formación de una sociedad, CCOF Servicios de Certificación S. de R.L. de C.V., para satisfacer las necesidades de las empresas de CCOF establecidas en México.

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.

CCOF on EU Equivalent Certifiers List

CCOF was formally listed in the Official Journal for the European Union as an Equivalent Certifier on December 6, 2011. Under this listing, effective July 1, 2012, CCOF certification under the Global Market Access (GMA) program will allow for export to Europe without requiring import licenses. This is a significant improvement that CCOF and our clients have been awaiting since the application was submitted in October 2009.

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.

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.

Export News: U.S. - Korea Equivalency Arrangement Finalized

As of July 1, 2014 organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be exported and labeled as organic in either country. CCOF is excited that this agreement came before the end of the Korean standard’s education period, meaning there was no significant stop in trade between the two countries. CCOF commends the National Organic Program (NOP) for its diligent work in finalizing this agreement in such a short period of time, and with few critical variances.

Export News: U.S./Switzerland Organic Equivalence Arrangement Achieved!

On July 9, 2015, the United States and Switzerland officially signed an organic standards equivalence arrangement, allowing product produced in either location to be labeled and sold as organic in either country. This is the fifth organic equivalence arrangement for the United States, and further opens trade avenues, strengthening the organic market worldwide. The arrangement went in to effect July 10, 2015.

Extension Underway for Mexico Organic Standards Implementation Date

The Mexican government recently published a notice of proposed extension for full implementation of the Mexican standards. The proposed extension would delay the standards implementation deadline for organic products imported to Mexico from countries engaged in equivalence discussions, such as the United States. Public comment on the draft notice may be submitted online.

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