#Importing organic products to the U.S. from Korea
The U.S.-Korea bilateral equivalency arrangement is limited to imports of processed products with greater than 95 percent organic content only.
What are the import requirements per the U.S.-Korea arrangement?
All products must be accompanied by an NOP Import Certificate, issued by a Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA)-accredited certification body. Additionally, Korean products processed under the terms of the arrangement must be labeled according to USDA organic labeling requirements and may display the USDA organic seal and/or Korean organic food label.
#Exporting organic products to Korea from the U.S.
The scope of the U.S.-Korea bilateral equivalency arrangement is limited to processed products with greater than 95 percent organic content only.
Are unprocessed organic products able to be exported to Korea?
Raw or unprocessed products are not eligible to be shipped under this arrangement. They require certification to the Korean regulations to be eligible for export to Korea.
What are the export requirements per the U.S.-Korea arrangement?
All products must be “processed products” as defined by the Korean Food Code and contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. Additionally, the following restrictions apply:
- Final processing and packaging must occur within the U.S.
- Option to display the Korean organic food label and/or the USDA organic seal
- Labels must be in accordance with MAFRA’s organic labeling requirements
- Each shipment must include a NAQS Import Certificate — load specific — to clear customs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.