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United States Streamlines Organic Trade with Taiwan

United States Streamlines Organic Trade with Taiwan



WASHINGTON, DC - A new organic market has become available to U.S.-based fresh produce purveyors. The American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States recently signed and exchanged letters on behalf of the United States and Taiwan inaugurating a new organic equivalence arrangement, allowing organic products certified in the United States or Taiwan to be sold as organic in either market.

The arrangement covers products certified to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations or Taiwan organic regulations that are grown or produced in the United States or Taiwan; or have their final processing or packaging in the United States or Taiwan.

Greg Ibach, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture“This equivalence arrangement streamlines trade in certified organic goods with Taiwan, a key international partner in the organic market sector,” said Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “This arrangement protects and increases access for American organic farmers, ranchers, and businesses to the fifth largest U.S. export market for USDA certified organic products.”

This agreement eliminates the need for organic operators to have separate organic certification to the U.S. and Taiwan standards, which avoids a double set of fees, inspections, and paperwork, according to a press release.

The American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States recently signed and exchanged letters on behalf of the United States and Taiwan inaugurating a new organic equivalence arrangement

Equivalence paves the way for the expansion of existing fresh fruit, vegetable, and processed food trade and provides new market access opportunities for organic livestock and other products. The arrangement also allows U.S.-based organic food processors to source Taiwan certified organic ingredients, increasing the range of organic products available to consumers.

Taiwan is the fifth largest export market for U.S. organic products, with sales approaching $92 million in 2019 and is forecasted to grow by almost 50 percent over the next five years, based on Organic Trade Association and USDA analyses. Expanding the AIT/TECRO trade arrangement provides U.S. organic farmers and processors continued access to this significant market.

The U.S. currently maintains organic equivalence arrangements with Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland.

Go forth, friends! A new organic market awaits you.

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