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International Organic Markets
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International Evaluations and Export Documents
As a USDA accredited certification agency, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) provides an evaluation of organic products in accordance with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) trade partner arrangements. Operations that are certified by WSDA, and that comply with the following additional requirements, ensure access of their products to these important markets.
As part of the export services provided by WSDA, the Organic Program issues export documents for products exported to international markets. Whether required by the importing country, or requested by your international customer, WSDA Organic Program provides export document services at a rate of $40 per request.
US-EU Equivalency Arrangement
Under an equivalency arrangement signed by USDA and the European Union Commission raw agricultural
products and processed products certified to the USDA National Organic Standards are not required to
obtain additional certification to market the products as organic in the European Union. Full
implementation of the U.S. – European Union Equivalency Arrangement comes into effect on June 1,
2012. Details of the USDA and European Union Equivalency Arrangement can be found on the National
Organic Program website:
Operations certified under the WSDA International Organic Program in 2011 hold valid certifications through May 31, 2012. Compliance with the WSDA International Organic Program Additional Requirements (AGR 2313 and AGR 2318) must be maintained throughout the certification period. Evaluations of organic apple and pear producers and handlers for compliance with the new US-European Union Equivalency Arrangement will begin in the Spring and Summer of 2012.
Download the WSDA Organic Program Guide to International Markets (AGR 4010) (PDF 116 KB) for full details on how organic products are evaluated by WSDA for compliance with the US-EU Equivalency Arrangement.
WSDA certified operations may submit completed export certificate applications and accompanying documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 360-902-2087.
US-Canada Equivalency Arrangement
Under an equivalency arrangement signed by the USDA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), raw agricultural products
and processed products that are certified to the USDA National Organic Standards, are not required to obtain additional
Canadian certification. Full implementation of the U.S. - Canada arrangement came into effect on July 1, 2011. Details
of the USDA and Canada Equivalency Arrangement can be found on the National Organic Program website:
Download the WSDA Organic Program Guide to International Markets (AGR 4010) (PDF 116 KB) for full details on how organic products are evaluated for compliance with the US-Canada Equivalency Arrangement.
All products that are produced under the terms of the arrangement must be accompanied by documentation stating the following: “Certified in compliance with the terms of the US-Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement”.
The statement may be written directly by the certified operation on a bill of lading, purchase order, or any other affirmative attestation. Products that do not have accompanying documentation with this statement may be refused entry into Canada.
If requested, a compliance affirmation may be issued to the producer or handler that notes compliance of crops or products that meet the additional requirements of the US-Canada Equivalency Arrangement. These affirmations will be issued by WSDA for a fee of $40 per request.
US-Japan Export Arrangement
In 2002, USDA National Organic Program reached an export arrangement between the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Japan. This arrangement
allows US produced raw bulk organic agriculture productw to be exported to Japan without additional organic
certification. Details of the USDA and Japan Export Arrangement can be found on the National Organic Program website:
A USDA export document (TM-11) verifying the conditions of the US-Japan Export Arrangement must accompany all shipments of bulk agricultural products intended to be sold in Japan as “organic.”
US-Taiwan Export Arrangement
On March 18, 2009, the Agriculture and Food Agency of the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced that the US
Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) has officially been recognized by the COA
as equivalent to Taiwan’s new organic standards. This announcement allows U.S. organic food products to export
organic products to Taiwan under an export arrangement. Details of the US and Taiwan Export Arrangement can be
found on the National Organic Program website:
The labeling requirements for processed organic products imported by Korea were updated in 2003 to more closely parallel organic labeling requirements in the U.S. However, in order to clear Korean customs, a USDA accredited certifying agent must first certify the processed product according to the National Organic Program and then provide an export certificate specific to the shipment of organic products.
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