Ekologické poľnohospodárstvo

Import/Export: Trade in organic products

Import/Export: Trade in organic products

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 the 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 and Switzerland, must be accompanied by an electronic certificate of inspection. This certificate can be issued by:

  • a control authority or body recognised by the EU
  • the control authorities or control bodies authorised by a country recognised by the EU as equivalent

The original certificate of inspection must be presented 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(29 kB), Extract of the certificate of inspection(30 kB)

If the authority confirms its validity, the certificate of inspection will be endorsed in box 20 before the goods can go to customs for final clearance to be released into free circulation.

Guidelines on additional official controls(102 kB)

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, ChileCosta Rica, India, Israel, Japan, members of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), New ZealandRepublic of Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia or the United States of America.