Importing organic products to the U.S. from Japan

To access the U.S. market, products certified to the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) must either be grown or produced in Japan, or have had their final processing or packaging (including final labeling) in Japan.

Are there additional requirements for JAS certified products imported to the U.S.?

All products exported from Japan to the U.S. under the organic trade arrangement must meet the following requirements:

  • Products must be either produced or have had final processing or packaging occur within Japan
  • Organic products must be labeled according to the USDA organic labeling requirements
  • Products must travel with a USDA National Organic Program (NOP) import certificate that has been completed by a certifying body in Japan which is either recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (MAFF) or accredited by the USDA

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