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AnnouncementJune 13, 2014


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce that the United States and Korea are finalizing an equivalency arrangement for processed organic food products. 

Update on Korea Equivalency Arrangement

The United States and Korea have recently completed discussions related to an equivalence arrangement for processed organic food products and are now in the process of finalizing the text of the arrangement.  This arrangement will streamline U.S. farmers' and processors' access to the growing Korean organic market, benefiting the rapidly growing organic industry in the United States.  Without an equivalence arrangement, organic farmers and businesses wanting to sell products in either country had to obtain separate certifications to meet each country's organic standards, creating duplicate paperwork and inspections.  Both the United States and Korea are committed to finalizing the arrangement in the near future and strengthening our partnership in this robust, growing sector.

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USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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