Japan and Taiwan

#Importing to the U.S. from Japan

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has a bilateral equivalency arrangement with Japan.

In order 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.

In addition to JAS certification, 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 to Japan from the U.S.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has a bilateral equivalency arrangement with Japan.

USDA organic products exported to Japan that fall under the scope of the arrangement (certified organic plant and plant-based processed products) must be accompanied by an export certificate, also known as a TM-11, that has been completed by OTCO.

This certificate verifies that the product complies with the terms of the trade arrangement and the statement, “Certified in compliance with the terms of the US-Japan Organic Equivalency Arrangement,” must be included in the documentation. Please note that use of the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) seal is only allowed on the label when the operation applying the seal is certified to JAS or under contract with a JAS-certified importer.

#Exporting to Taiwan from the U.S.

For products produced or processed in the U.S., the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has a unilateral trade arrangement with Taiwan.

The arrangement allows USDA NOP certified products to be sold as organic in Taiwan, including products created in the U.S. or its territories. USDA NOP products created outside the U.S., regardless of ownership by a U.S.-based company, are not included in the U.S.-Taiwan trade arrangement.

USDA organic products exported to Taiwan that fall under the scope of the arrangement must be accompanied by an export certificate, also known as a TM-11, that has been completed by OTCO.

All arrangement eligible processed products and crops must include documentation stating the following: “Organic agricultural products and organic processed products, accompanied by this certificate, were produced or processed using zero prohibited substances.” In addition, all arrangement eligible livestock and meat products must include documentation stating the following: “Organic livestock products, accompanied by this certificate, were managed and produced without the use of systemic pain-killers or analgesics, including the use of Lidocaine or Procaine.”

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