How to import organic products into the European Union
If you intend to import an organic product into the European Union you will have to comply with EU legislation and in particular both organic and general food legislation.
Importers of organic products must register with a control body or control authority
All consignments of organic products imported from countries outside the EU, excluding the European Economic Area or and Switzerland, must be accompanied by a certificate of inspection. This certificate can be issued by:
- a control body recognized by the EU
- the control authorities or control bodies authorised by a country recognised by the EU
- the control authorities or control bodies authorised by the competent authority of the authorising Member State, in case of import authorisation
The original certificate of inspection must be present together with the imported organic products to the relevant Member State's authority. Usually it will be the local authority at the port of arrival, in any case the point from which you seek release for free circulation in the Union. Certificate of inspection, Extract of the certificate of inspection
If the authority confirms its validity the certificate of inspection will be endorsed in box 17 of the certificate of inspection before the goods can go to customs for final clearance to move into free circulation
How to export from EU to other Countries:
Some of the arrangements of the European Union with trade partners require EU exporters to comply with their import regimes. Please check the requirements of the country's competent authority if you want to export EU organic products to one of the following countries Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Israel, Japan, members of the European Economic Area (Norway and Iceland), New Zealand, Switzerland, Tunisia or the United States of America.