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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.

Huge Changes to EU Equivalency and CCOF International Programs

CCOF EU Standards and GMA Program Webinar: April 19, 2012. Learn about the new agreement, market opportunities, how to save time and money within the GMA program, and the EU market in this helpful webinar.

Important Korea Equivalency Arrangement Update

On Friday, June 13, the National Organic Program announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service and Korea are finalizing an equivalency arrangement for processed food products.

Improvements to Canada Program and New COR Labeling Guide

In the last several months CCOF has worked with our clients, other certifiers, and the National Organic Program to improve our approach to the U.S.-Canada Organic Equivalency Agreement. We have re-written our Canada webpage to reflect all changes. Improvements include:

Interested in Selling to China? Meet the Certifier That Can Help You Gain Access!

The Chinese organic market continues to grow and demand more diverse organic products, however re-certification to the Chinese organic standard is required in order to be sold as organic in mainland China. CCOF is working with WIT Assessment, the leading certifier of product exported to China, to make accessing the Chinese organic market more accessible and achievable for U.S. operations.

International Trade Update: Japan and Korea

U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement Effective January 1, 2014

The U.S.–Japan Equivalency Agreement is now effective! Organic products certified in either the United States or Japan may now be sold as organic in either market.


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