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Importing and exporting organic products continues to be challenging and confusing as more countries implement their own National Regulations. A silver lining to this situation is that there is significantly more activity between Governments to work out Agreements intended to ease restrictions on organic trade.

Importing and exporting organic products continues to be challenging and confusing as more countries implement their own National Regulations. A silver lining to this situation is that there is significantly more activity between Governments to work out Agreements intended to ease restrictions on organic trade.  

There are two issues of interest at this time;

1) Canada; As the June 30 date for full implementation approaches organic operators, particularly those in Canada, continue to collect documentation verifying compliance to the US-Canada Equivalency Arrangement.  Follow [this link] to the OTCO web page for valuable information.

2) EU; List serves are busy with news of negotiations between the European Union, Canada and the NOP. Optimists reading these posts are encouraged that an EU-Canada agreement may be announced as soon as this summer and an EU-NOP agreement possibly by this time next year.
In the meantime OTCO remains optimistic that we will be listed among the first certifiers approved by the EU so that our clients can export directly to any EU Member State without the current Import Authorization requirements.  This approval will greatly reduce export paperwork.  The list is expected to be announced in late 2011.

Watch these messages for updates and, as always, contact me for more information. I look forward to assisting you.

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Jim Pierce
Global Certification Program Manager

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