Japan and Taiwan

#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

#Exporting organic products to Japan from the U.S.

USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified products are able to be exported to Japan if they fall under the scope of the arrangement (certified organic plant, animal and processed products).

What export requirements per the U.S.-Japan arrangement do I need to know?

All products being exported from the U.S. to Japan must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. Additionally, the following restrictions apply:

  • The final processing and packaging must occur within the U.S.
  • All labels must be in accordance with the Japanese labeling requirements.
  • Honey, alcohol, and non-food processed (including personal care) products are outside of the scope of this arrangement. Any NOP certified products that fall under these categories may be labeled/sold under the USDA organic in Japan. These products may not bear the JAS organic seal but may carry the word “organic” in English or Japanese.
  • Each shipment must include a load specific TM-11 Export Certificate to clear customs

What forms are required to complete an export request?

All products must be accompanied by an export certificate, also known as a TM-11, that has been completed by OTCO.

What information is required for the export certificate (TM-11)?

The statement “Certified in compliance with the terms of the US-Japan Organic Equivalency Arrangement,” must be included in the documentation.

Is the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) seal allowed on labels?

The JAS seal is only allowed when the operation applying the seal is certified to JAS or under contract with a JAS-certified importer.

How do I request a hard copy of the export certificate?

If you would like the original hard copy of the certificate to be sent, provide a shipping address as well as an account number (FedEx, UPS, DHL) to be billed. Include a contact name and phone number associated with the recipient. If sending via UPS, provide the zip code associated with the account to be billed.

Is an export certificate request eligible for expedited service?

Yes. Please state all expedite needs in the body of the request email to export@tilth.org.

Forms & Documents

Please send all export request documents to export@tilth.org.

#Exporting organic products to Taiwan from the U.S.

USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified products are able to be exported to Taiwan if they fall under the scope of the arrangement (certified organic plant, animal and processed products).

What are the export requirements per the U.S.-Taiwan arrangement?

All products being exported from the U.S. to Taiwan must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. Additionally, the following restrictions apply:

  • The final processing and packaging must occur within the U.S.
  • All labels must be in accordance with the Taiwanese Labeling Requirements, and the Organic Agriculture Promotion Act.
  • All organic livestock products to be sold in Taiwan as organic or used as ingredients (e.g. eggs, milk, meat) for products to be sold as organic in Taiwan must be derived from animals not treated systemically with analgesics, including procaine and lidocaine.
  • Aquatic animals, personal care products, pet food products, and single-ingredient (100 percent) honey products are outside of the scope of this arrangement. USDA National Organic Program certified organic products within these scopes may be labeled/sold as USDA organic in Taiwan however, they may not bear the Taiwanese organic mark.
  • Each shipment must include a load specific TM-11 Export Certificate to clear customs.

Is the Taiwanese organic mark allowed on labels?

Products certified the U.S.-Taiwan Organic Equivalency Arrangement and shipped from the U.S. to Taiwan may not bear the Taiwanese organic mark.

What forms are required to complete an export request?

All products must be accompanied by an export certificate, also known as a TM-11, that has been completed by OTCO and carries the statement “Certified in compliance with the terms of the AITT/TECRO-NOP/AFA Organic Equivalence Arrangement.”

How do I request a hard copy of the export certificate?

If you would like the original hard copy of the certificate to be sent, provide a shipping address as well as an account number (FedEx, UPS, DHL) to be billed. Include a contact name and phone number associated with the recipient. If sending via UPS, provide the zip code associated with the account to be billed.

Is an export certificate request eligible for expedited service?

Yes. Please state all expedite needs in the body of the request email to export@tilth.org.

Forms & Documents

Please send all export request documents to export@tilth.org.

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