#Certification to the Mexican Organic Products Law (LPO)
The Mexico Organic Products Law requires that any products produced and/or sold in Mexico as organic must meet the requirements of the Mexico Organic Standards (LPO) or be shipped to Mexico under an equivalency arrangement.
Does OTCO certify to the Mexico Organic Standards (LPO)?
Yes. OTCO is accredited to offer LPO certification services, visit our Spanish-language website for more information.
#Importing from Mexico to the U.S.
Organic products imported to the U.S. from Mexico must be certified to the USDA organic regulations.
Do I need an import certificate for importing organic products from Mexico?
The USDA and SENASICA established an agreement requiring import certificates for all organic products traded between the two countries. However, as of April 2020, it is not yet required as the final details of the equivalency agreement are not completed.
#Exporting from the U.S. to Mexico
On December 26, 2020, the Mexican government passed a regulation* (hereinafter referred to as, “the Regulation”) that will affect specific organic agricultural exports entering Mexico as of January 1, 2022. The full text, which includes an annex listing the affected organic products, is available HERE. You will find the product listings in Tables (b) through (f) of Annex 1. Please be aware that the Regulation and the tables in Annex 1 are in Spanish.
Which organic products will be affected by this new Mexican Export Regulation?
The organic products that will be subject to the Regulation as of January 1, 2022 include, but are not limited to those raw or minimally processed products of both vegetable and animal origin that are listed individually by product type within Annex 1, Tables (b) through (f). These include, but are not limited to, products such as fresh or frozen meats, live animals, dairy products, fresh, frozen or dried vegetable and fruit products, nuts, seeds, grains, coffee, spices, flours, seeds and planting material.
What will be required in order to export these products for sale as organic in Mexico after January 25, 2021?
Beginning on January 1, 2022, products that appear in Annex 1, Tables (b) through (f) of the Regulation must present an organic certificate that shows that they are certified to Mexico’s organic standards under the Organic Products Law (LPO) and be accompanied by a transaction certificate (TC) emitted by an LPO-approved certification body at time of importation. Oregon Tilth is an approved certification body authorized to grant this certification.
The transaction certificate template and instructions are available below. Should you be interested in certification to Mexico’s organic standards, please contact your Certification Services Team for further information.
USA MEX Transaction Certificate Instructions