Imports in EU/Exports from EU
Do you wish to import organic products in the European Union or export your organic products outside the EU?
Informative note import- export of organic products(pdf) FAQ use of Traces(pdf) Document Standard Procedure Import.(pdf)
There are several scenarios:
- the product comes from a European country which is not a member of the European Union (such as Switzerland, Finland, etc.): there is automatic equivalence. In this case, the Certisys inspector checks the organic certificate issued by an inspection body recognised in the country of origin, the transport documents, the invoices, the delivery notes, the labels, the quantities exported, etc.
- the products come from a country recognised by the European Union (such as Tunisia): the Certisys inspector checks the organic certificate + a batch certificate, both of which will have been issued by an inspection body recognised in the country of origin, as well as the transport documents, the invoices, the delivery notes, the labels, the consistency between the product quantities exported, the batch number, the labels and the information shown on the batch certificate.
- the product comes from a country where the inspection body is recognised by the European Union: the Certisys inspector checks the organic certificate + batch certificate issued by the inspection body, as well as the transport documents, the invoices, the delivery notes, the labels, the consistency between the product quantities exported, the batch number, the labels and the information shown on the batch certificate.
- the product comes from a country which is not recognised by either the European Union or a recognised inspection body: in this case, the Certisys inspector checks the import authorisation (customs clearance, etc.)
Example of batch certificate and batch verification by the competent authority:
Companies located in the European Union that want to export their organic products outside the EU must pay careful attention to the requirements of the importing countries. These requirements may vary from one country to the next. Do not hesitate to check with Certisys which, as a service provider, can provide you with access to the market.
Fill in your batch certificate online via our intranet
1. Equivalence agreement between the European Union and the USA
Your EU certified organic products can be exported to the USA thanks to the equivalence agreement signed between the European Union and the USA. To export your organic products to the USA, European organic certification is compulsory. Download the forms en check the tariffs online.
The ORGANIC certification stages for exporting to the USA
Labelling of your products for the US market
Labelling in practice(pdf)
The label must comply with US standards: see cfr §205.303 via eCFR (electronic Code of Federal Regulation). You should indicate on the label:
Compulsory Authorised for organic products Other requirements - the organic designation for each organic ingredient
- the reference to the inspection body as follows: "Certified organic by CERTISYS" under the operator’s name.
- the USDA logo (NOP)
- the word “organic”
- the % of organic ingredients (see specific provisions)
- All other requirements for foodstuffs (allergen, languages, weight, etc.) in the United States.
NOP USDA fact sheet certification(pdf) Certisys NOP certification system(pdf)
Download the forms en check the tariffs online.
More information on the National Organic Program.
EU certified organic crop products can be exported to Japan.
For more information, visit the MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) website.
EU processed products certified as organic in the bloc will be recognised as such in South Korea from February onwards, as part of a bilateral agreement on organic equivalence. Contact us for more information or visit the European Commission’s website or via the South Korean authorities.
To export your organic products to Korea you need an inspection certificate. You can download it from MyCertisys .
Organic products certified in accordance with the EU regulations and exported to Canada may bear the Canada Organic Logo. A copy of the logo may be requested from Certisys. Please note that organic products imported into Canada must meet Canadian labelling requirements.
The use of the Canada organic logo is only permitted on products that have an organic content that is greater than or equal to 95% and have been certified according to the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. The use of the organic logo is voluntary but when used it is subject to the requirements of the Organic Products Regulations (OPR).
Imported products must meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Imported products that bear the logo must include:
· the statement "Product of", immediately preceding the name of the country of origin, or
· the statement "Imported", in close proximity to the logo
This statement must appear on the label in both French and English, unless a bilingual labelling exemption applies.
The label of an organic product subject to the Organic Products Regulations must bear the name of the control body that has certified the product as organic. Please note that EU control body/authority code does not replace the requirement for the name of the control body/authority.
For more information, consult the website of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.