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Exporting from GB into Non-EU
PLEASE NOTE: Amendment to EC regulations have now been voted through and will see UK certifiers removed from the new version on EC1235 Annex IV due for implementation at the end of 2021 - as such we will not be able to approve COIs for product outside the scope of the TCA for export to EU/EEA/NI in 2022. Please see updates below.
Before you export to non-EU countries please ensure that you are able to export your products. The scope of the trade deals differ from country to country. For more details please contact the COI team for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
We advise checking with the organic authority in the export market whether labels/certification will be accepted.
A valid and original Export Certificate may be required to accompany exported organic product leaving GB to countries outside the EU except Canada, South Korea and US who have their own form. For more info see below:
Exports to South Korea from GB:
The UK and RoK have an equivalency agrangement in place for organics till the 31st December 2022.
Only processed food products that contain at least 95% organic ingredients can be exported. The processed food products must be certified in accordance with UK regulation. The scope of processed products is required to follow the standard of importing country.
For more informaiton on what the Korean Food Code defines processed please email email@example.com
All exports to South Korea will need to complete a NAQS document that will be transferred to the e-NAQS system by the COI team in January 2022.
Export to US from GB
The US has an equivalence arrangement with the UK. This equivalence is limited to organic products that have been either produced within the US or UK, or products for which the final processing or packaging occurs within the US or UK. This includes products processed or packaged in the US or UK that contain organic ingredients from third countries that have been certified to the USDA or UK organic standards.
More info can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.
Please submit a NOP import certificate to the COI team if you exporting to the US.
Exporting to Canada from GB
Canada and the UK and have Organic Equivalency Arrangement this recognition is limited to organic products that have been either:
- produced within the UK or
- products whose final processing occurred within the UK
Organic products that are grown, produced, or packaged outside of the UK are not within the scope of this recognition, even if they are certified to UK organic requirements.
For export to Canada please submit a completed ECOP form to the COI team for approval.
Note: Taiwan is considered an exception and has not recognised EU (UK) organic status since May 2020. Taiwan now requires products to be approved to the organic standards of The Taiwanese Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA)
Guides and Example Certificates related to exporting from GB in to Non-EU Countries
Export to non-EU countriesDownload the certificate
Example Export CertificateDownload the certificate
NAQS import certificate for export to KoreaDownload the certificate
NOP Instructions for completing Import CertificateFind out more
NOP Import certificateDownload the certificate
Export Certificate for CanadaDownload the certificate
Export Certificate for Saudi ArabiaDownload the certificate
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