Posted on February 11, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Organic equivalency forges trade ties in Asia Pacific

Taiwan links organic trade with Japan, Australia

The USDA said Monday that Taiwan’s Agriculture and Food Agency (AFA) has concluded organic equivalency negotiations with Japan and Australia.

The United States maintains an organic equivalence arrangement with Japan, which means certified-organic operations in Japan or in the United States may sell their products as organic in either country.

The United States does not have an organic equivalence arrangement with Australia and Taiwan but does have an export trade relationship with those countries that allows USDA certified organic products to be sold as organic in those markets.

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said in a report that the AFA published two updates to its website notifying that an agreement for organic equivalency had been reached with Australia on Jan. 20, and with Japan on Feb. 1.

The full text of the Japan-Taiwan agreement was also made available. Australia and Taiwan have yet to publish finalized text.

Read the FAS report here.

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