There are additional organic product requirements for export entry into US markets. Exporters must meet additional accreditation requirements under the US National Organic Program (USNOP).
NASAA is your first point of contact to advise on the requirements for, and latest updates on, the USNOP Standards and Guidelines. Accreditation through these programs can be undertaken as a separate exercise, or in addition to existing NASAA licenses.
NASAA Certified Organic is accredited by Japan MAFF for JAS certification. For export to Japan using the JAS Organic label, you must be certified under JAS.
Application information is available from our office or download the forms here:
Export to Canada
Operators wishing to access the Canadian Organic Market can do so with a US NOP certification and an Equivalence Attestation from NCO.
The Equivalence Agreement signed between the US and Canada (USCOEA) enables operators certified by NCO under the US NOP to label organic goods for export to Canada providing the following conditions are met:
- The Chain of Custody must be fully NOP compliant – this means that for any product to be exported to Canada, each part of the chain must be NOP certified.
- An Equivalence Attestation is required to accompany organic raw and processed products shipped to Canada under the NOP Organic certification. This is obtained from NCO and is in the form of a certificate. This is a requirement so that products crossing the borders are verified to meet the terms of the USCOEA and must appear on documentation travelling with the shipment.
- Organic labelling rules in Canada are different to that of the US. US labels can have “100% Organic” and “Made with Organic” on the front panel, but Canada does not allow this. Canadian labels have to be bilingual (ie French and English).
To apply for export approval to Canada under NOP certification, please send details of the products to be exported and the label to be used. NCO will produce an Equivalence Attestation for the relevant products. Labels must be approved by NCO prior to export to Canada. The NOP label may be used. NCO may authorise use of the Canadian label.