Canada

#Importing to the U.S. from Canada

The U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement allow Canada Organic Regime (COR) certified products to be imported into the U.S., but in order to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic in U.S., organic products must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Agricultural products derived from animals treated with antibiotics shall not be marketed as organic in the United States
  • Written documentation is required to verify that additional production requirements have been met and attestations can be made by either the operation or the certifying agent
  • 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.”

For more information, visit the USDA NOP website.

Note

To be certified to COR, please see a list of accredited certifiers in Canada to select from: Canada Food Inspection Agency website.

#Exporting to Canada from the U.S.

In support of Canada’s organic program — Canada Organic Regime (COR) — several trade arrangements or equivalency arrangements allow COR-certified products to be exported to partner countries.

U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement
The U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement allow USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified products to be imported into Canada without requiring additional certifications, but has the following restrictions:

  • All USDA NOP agricultural products produced with sodium nitrate cannot be sold or marketed as organic in Canada
  • All USDA NOP agricultural products produced by hydroponic or aeroponic production methods cannot be sold or marketed as organic in Canada
  • All USDA NOP agricultural products derived from animals must be produced according to livestock stocking rates as set in the Canadian Organic Standards
  • All shipments of organic products crossing the Canadian border — in either direction — must be accompanied by documentation which includes the statement:
 “Certified in compliance with the terms of the U.S.–Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement.”
  • All OTCO clients that wish to list products on their organic certificate as U.S.–Canada equivalent must complete the International Markets form and submit it to OTCO

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