international

CCOF Hosting GLOBALG.A.P. Public Workshop – HPSS in Santa Cruz, California

Register now for the GLOBALG.A.P. IHT, Capacity Building, and Farm Assurer Workshop-HPSS, hosted at the CCOF office in Santa Cruz, California on December 17-19, 2019.

CCOF is hosting the GLOBALG.A.P. experts for an in-depth review of the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS), with two days of classroom education and one day of on-farm mock inspection using the HPSS.  

Sign-Ups for Direct Payments Now Open

Producers whose international sales have been negatively impacted by trade tariffs are eligible to enroll in the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), part of the Trade Mitigation Package that will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers nationwide. 

Sign-ups began July 29, 2019 and will continue through December 6, 2019. Payments will be based on 2019 planted acres with some additional restrictions. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is administering the program.

Updates for Importers in the United States

CCOF-certified importers should be prepared to provide detailed information during inspections to ensure that they meet the expectations of NOP Interim Instruction 4013. An importer is anyone who directly imports (importer of record), as well as operations who are the first certified organic business located in the United States taking title, receiving, or selling imported products.

Requirements for Imported Grain, Bean, and Seed Shipments

This notice has been replaced by the policy announced on April 19, 2021. Learn more.

On May 11, 2017, CCOF Certification Services notified handlers, importers, and others of new requirements for seeking approval for imported grain shipments. Our goal is to help ensure the integrity of organic trade, which is also shared below.

NOP Import Certificate Update for Mexico and Other Countries

Organic import (export) certificates are often required to accompany shipments of organic products to and from nations where the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) has achieved an organic standards equivalency agreement or is working towards one.

Overview

Where an import certificate requirement exists, U.S. organic importers are expected to receive import certificates from their supplier for all shipments. These should be kept on file for verification by NOP inspectors and/or USDA NOP or State Organic Program representatives.

New USDA Trade Mentorship Tools

Are you interested in accessing international markets? The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently announced a new initiative to support and help coordinate services to agricultural operations wishing to explore international exports. Visit the USDA FAS Getting Started page to access state and regional resources, technical and financial assistance, and other resources into international market expertise.

CCOF Logra Aprobación Bajo Programa Orgánico Mexicano

El 21 de agosto de 2015, CCOF fue reconocido por el gobierno mexicano como un organismo de certificación aprobado bajo los recientemente implementados estándares orgánicos mexicanos .Este es un logro importante en el crecimiento del programa de CCOF México y asegura continuar con el acceso al mercado para las operaciones ubicadas en, y exportando a México.

CCOF Achieves Approval Under Mexican Organic Program

On August 21, 2015, CCOF was recognized by the Mexican government as an approved certification body under the recently implemented Mexican Organic Standards. This is a major milestone in the growth of CCOF’s Mexico program and ensures continuing market access for operations located in, and exporting to, Mexico. Read more in our press release about this announcement.

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.