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 certified products are able to be exported to Japan if they fall under the scope of the arrangement (certified organic plant and plant-based processed products).

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 <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=ZHxSRnBRYmN9KjlHB11hE0x1dUU-3D_19>.

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

For products produced or processed in the U.S., the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) trade arrangement with Taiwan allows USDA NOP certified products to be sold as organic in Taiwan.

Are all USDA NOP products eligible for export to Taiwan?

No. 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.

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)?

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.”

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 <http://www.privatedaddy.com/?q=ZHxSRnBRYmN9KjlHB11hE0x1dUU-3D_19>.

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