#Importing organic products to the U.S. from Canada
The U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement allows Canada Organic Regime (COR) certified products to be imported into the U.S.
Are there requirements for imported COR certified products to the U.S.?
To be sold, labeled, or represented as organic in U.S., organic products must meet 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.”
#Exporting organic products from the U.S. to Canada
The U.S.–Canada equivalency arrangement allows USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified products to be imported into Canada without requiring additional certifications.
Are there requirements for exporting USDA NOP certified products to Canada?
To be sold, labeled, or represented as organic in Canada, exported organic products must meet additional requirements:
- 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
- All USDA NOP agricultural products produced with sodium nitrate 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 USDA NOP agricultural products produced by hydroponic or aeroponic production methods cannot be sold or marketed as organic in Canada
- 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”