Global demand for USDA organic products continues to increase, and the pandemic has only accelerated this trend. As the nation's largest organic certifier, CCOF is well-equipped to provide the necessary review and export documentation to sell certified USDA products in many international markets, including Canada, the EU, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and others. Access our international flyer for a full list of markets.
import and export
A reminder for operations exporting organic products to Mexico:
Mexico’s import regulation affecting organic exports to Mexico takes effect January 1, 2022. The regulation requires a control or transaction document to accompany shipment of certain organic commodities (listed in Annex 1 sections b–f). Work with your importer to determine if your exports will require a control document.
El 26 de junio de 2021 entra en vigor un reglamento de importación mexicano que afecta a los productos orgánicos. Este reglamento establece que los envíos de ciertos productos orgánicos (enumerados en las secciones b-f del Anexo 1) deben ir acompañados con un documento de control o transacción. Consulte con su importador para determinar si sus exportaciones requieren un documento de control.
All imported products have some risk of treatment at U.S. borders and ports. Some imported products are at higher risk of being treated upon entry into the United States or have a higher risk of fraud. CCOF currently considers the following products to be high risk: sugar, grains, beans, seeds, corn, soy, edible dry beans, flax, sunflower meal, wheat, and their derivatives, imported from anywhere outside the United States.
The United States and Canada announced the expansion of their organic equivalency arrangements with Japan to include livestock products, effective July 16, 2020. This reduces costs and streamlines the process for anyone involved in the organic livestock supply chain by requiring only one organic certification.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has clarified their import policy for USDA certified organic products traded under the United States-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (USCOEA).
As of April 30, 2020, all certified USDA organic products imported to Canada must be accompanied by an organic certificate that includes the following attestation statement: “Certified in accordance with the terms of the U.S. – Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement.”
The United States and Taiwan have signed a new organic equivalence arrangement, effective May 30, 2020. This equivalency allows USDA National Organic Program organic and Taiwan organic products that are grown or produced or have their final processing or packaging in the United States or Taiwan to be sold as organic in either market. This eliminates the need for organic operators to have separate organic certifications to the United States and Taiwan standards, which avoids a double set of fees, inspections, and paperwork.
The 2018 Farm Bill called for technological enhancements to improve the ability of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to oversee imported organic products. The electronic organic import certificates envisioned in the Farm Bill will provide critical organic import data and make it easier to monitor organic imports.
Over the last year, CCOF has worked with importers, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), and others to strengthen the integrity of organic imports. Over the coming year, we will be implementing increasingly robust importer certification programs to allow us to effectively review import systems and identify importers of various goods and commodities. In the interim, the NOP has been updating the organic community regarding existing policies and best practices.