The United States and Japan announced the expansion of their organic equivalence arrangement to include livestock products.
The arrangement adds livestock products to the existing U.S.-Japan organic trade arrangement that has allowed plant-based products to be certified to either country’s organic standards since 2014.
The Japan Agricultural Standards (JAS) now require organic livestock products imported from the United States to either be certified under the JAS or USDA organic regulations.
Japan is the third largest export market for the U.S. organic sector, buying more than $50 million worth of U.S. grown and produced organic products last year, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
The Washington, D.C.-based trade group said the new deal “will benefit U.S. organic farmers and ranchers, and will give Japanese consumers greater access to sought-after American organic products.”
The USDA has established equivalence arrangements with major organic export markets including Canada, the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan. These arrangements eliminate the need for dual certifications, avoiding double fees, inspections and duplicative paperwork.