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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 Choose translations of the previous link 

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 inspectionpdf(28 kB), Extract of the certificate of inspectionpdf(30 kB)

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 Choose translations of the previous link , Australia Choose translations of the previous link , Canada Choose translations of the previous link , Costa Rica Choose translations of the previous link , India Choose translations of the previous link , Israel Choose translations of the previous link , Japan Choose translations of the previous link , members of the European Economic Area Choose translations of the previous link  (Norway and Iceland), New Zealand Choose translations of the previous link , Switzerland Choose translations of the previous link , Tunisia Choose translations of the previous link  or the United States of America Choose translations of the previous link .