Transatlantic organic trade agreement enters force

Related tags European union Germany International trade

The recently agreed US-EU organic trade partnership has now come into force, meaning products certified as organic in the European Union may be sold as organic in the USA without additional certification requirements – and vice versa.

The historic partnership on organic trade signed between the world's two largest organic-producers in February 2012 entered into force at the start of June.

The ‘equivalency arrangement’ will assist trade on a growing market and support jobs and businesses on a global scale. 

"This agreement comes with a double added value,” ​said Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development.

“On the one hand, organic farmers and food producers will benefit from easier access, with less bureaucracy and less costs, to both the U.S. and the EU markets, strengthening the competitiveness of this sector. In addition, it improves transparency on organic standards, and enhances consumer confidence and recognition of our organic food and products​,” stated today.

The organic sector in both regions is valued at roughly €40 billion combined – with the figure rising every year.

The partnership will eliminate ‘significant’ barriers – especially for small and medium-sized organic producers, who previously had to obtain separate certifications to two standards in order to trade products on both sides of the Atlantic, said the Commissioner.

Related topics Policy

Related news

1 comment

What about the rest of the World? Like Australia!!

Posted by Anni Brownjohn,

While I applaud the EU/USDA agreement, I believe it is time that the USDA looked hard at it's requirements for Australian organic producers who wish to export to the US.
Australia has NO BARRIERS to imported organic produce. We recognise all Organic Certification, including the US.
For a country which Australia treat's as a close friend, it's about time we got the same treatment back!
Australian's cannot directly export to the US without going through the USDA NOP recertification process, however, US organic products are welcome without needing to go through a similar re certification process.
Australia is a very fair and equal country, we treat our friends well. The USDA does not.

Report abuse

Follow us


View more