Export Certification Support
Different territories can mean different organic requirements. Our experts can assess your operational needs and provide you with market access solutions for territories with specific requirements for importing organic.
Post-Brexit Market Access Solutions
Updated 15th March 2018
Having consulted with our licensees and trade stakeholders, we very are aware of the uncertainties and concerns surrounding organic trade in the post-Brexit environment. As the UK’s largest organic certifier, we are keen to reassure and support businesses in making important commercial decisions in the coming months.
The transitional period announced on 19th March means that we anticipate some valued breathing space. However, as we will not have final confirmation of the implementation period until October, we continue to work hard to find regulatory solutions for the end of this period. During this period we will continue our interaction with the DEFRA organic team and direct lobbying of the EU Commission, to set out the case for future regulatory harmony. The latter will commence via the Civil Dialogue Group, which involves key EU organic stakeholder groups, including the EOCC and IFOAM.
To ensure your businesses are fully aware of all options, we will ensure that the latest developments will be communicated via regular Trade New updates.
Detailed below are some of the specific development and options relating to differing export territories:
International Trade options – Accessing US markets
The UK organic sector currently works within an EU organic regulatory framework. As such, with the exception some livestock products, we enjoy full organic regulatory equivalence with the US. When we Brexit, we will no longer benefit from this agreement and the UK must make our own bilateral agreement on organic standards. In the meantime, we suggest two viable options for our licensees who want to secure ongoing access:
Option One : We at Soil Association Certification currently hold Canadian Organic Regime Accreditation (COR). We are therefore able to certify your products to COR, which will ensure that they gain access to the US through the COR equivalency arrangement in place between Canada and the USA. You will be able to export in the way that the current equivalency arrangement works between the EU and the states. If you are currently exporting to the US please contact us to discuss how COR may be appropriate for your business. You will need to obtain COR Certification before 29th March 2019 and therefore it is important that you speak to us now regarding this.
Option Two: We can offer certification to the US ‘National Organic Program’ (NOP) through a partner Certification Body. We would undertake the inspection to NOP and send the inspection reports to another Certification Body to complete the certification. Again, if you want this certification you will need to contact us as soon as possible to begin the application process.
International Trade options – Accessing Asian markets
Japanese authorities require that all organic products meet JAS (Japan Organic Agricultural Standard) . We can offer this through a partner Certification Body, undertake the inspection to JAS ourselves and sending the inspection reports to our partner to complete the certification.
For other countries in the Asia region, e.g. South Korea, where our membership of the EU currently delivers access via an EU brokered agreement, we are in discussions with partner Certification Bodies in order to offer Certification to the required local standards. Please do contact us to let us know of any specific country you export to that you need such arrangements in place and we will do our best to find a solution for you.
International Trade options – Accessing EU markets
We continue to work at the highest level with DEFRA to understand what will happen at the end of the transitional period. Our hope is that the UK and key certifiers, such as Soil Association Certification, will be recognised in Article 33 (3) of the current EU organic regulation as an approved third country.
As there remains the possibility that an arrangement may not be in in place by the time of Brexit (or the end of the implementation period), we are also in direct discussions with the EU Commission on extension of our current 1235 scope , which would see Soil Association Certification specifically recognised by the EU for our certification activity with the UK
Export Support Packages
We offer a range of support to help guide you through the process of organic export to key territories:
- An introduction to organic exporting - An introductory briefing session outlining organic market opportunuities and requirments around export to specific territories or organic export in general.
- Export benchmarking - Detailed assessment of your operation, products , labelling and supply chain against requiremenst of overseas standards and certifications . Initailly available for:PWAB (US - Livestock Products), CNCA (China), BioSuisse (Switzerland) and JAS (Japan). Refer to our Global Guide for details of other territories.
- Application and inspection support – We can provide full support from initial application and inspection, through to renewal, for specifically required overseas certifications (e.g. CNCA standards for China).
Whether you'd like a wider introduction to exporting organic, an assessment of product suitability against overseas requirements, or support with application and inspection for additional overseas certifications, we can help.
To discuss your requirements in detail or simply find our more, please contact our experts