Imported Organic Foods require additional certification

Importers of organic food need to demonstrate full organic integrity of the product throughout the supply chain, from initial production through to processing and packing.  You do this by ensuring each link in the supply chain is certified organic by an Approved Control Body that is recognised in the EU, or is recognised as Equivalent by the EU. 

Equivalent Countries recognised by the EU (also called Third Countries)

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia

In addition, an agreement was reached on equivalence between the US and the EU in March 2012.  Products from the US may be imported into the EU from June 2012 provided they are accompanied by the correct documentation and labelling. Contact us for more information specific to your situation.

Whilst you do not need Import Authorisation if you import organic goods from Third Countries, you do need to be certified by a UK Organic Control Body (OF&G (Scotland) Ltd).

If you are importing goods from a Non-EU Non-Equivalent country

(i.e. any country outwith the EU that is not on the list above) you will require a Defra Import Authorisation AND organic certification from a UK Organic Control Body (OF&G (Scotland) Ltd)

Prior to any Import, a special Import license must be sought from Defra

Importers must ensure the product they import is accompanied with a valid organic certificate from an approved Organic Control Body. 

Further guidance can be found at the Business Link website here

To enquire about organic certification for imports under our Merchants Scheme please click here