Beginning June 1, 2012, certified organic products of the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) can be represented as organic in each other's market.
Please see below on how to trade organic products under this partnership, including additional specifications for wine.
|Exporting USDA Organic Products to EU|
Terms of the Arrangement. In addition to certification to the USDA organic regulations, all products traded under the organic trade partnership must meet the following requirements:
- Organic apples, pears, and ingredients from organic apples and pears must be produced without antibiotics. Antibiotics may not be used for at least 3 years prior to the harvest of the organic apple or pear.
- Products must travel with an EU import certificate (Certificate of Inspection) that has been completed by an NOP-accredited certifying agent.
- Products must be either produced or have had final processing or packaging occur within the U.S.
Memo to U.S. Certifying Agents
EU Import Certificate and Instructions
Fact Sheet: Accessing EU Organic Market
|Exporting EU Organic Products to the U.S.|
Terms of the Arrangement. In addition to certification to the EU organic regulations, all products traded under the organic trade partnership must meet the following requirements:
- Livestock must be produced without antibiotics.
- Products must travel with a National Organic Program (NOP) import certificate that has been completed by an EU-authorized body.
- Products must be either produced or have had final processing or packaging occur within the EU.
Fact Sheet: Accessing U.S. Organic Market
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