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U.S. buyers sought for Canadian trade show

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) and Ontario Food Exports will host a funded buyer program during the CHFA East Show in Toronto this September 16-17. U.S. buyers interested in participating in the program that will include travel reimbursements, free entry to the trade show and pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with select organic exhibitors should contact […]

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Japanese journalist boot camp and Lifestyle Expo

The Japanese Journalist Boot Camp & 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo will take place from July 25-30 in Tokyo, Japan. The Organic Trade Association will host 20 key Japanese journalists and influencers on a certified organic farm outside of Tokyo for an organic 101 Boot Camp. Journalists will learn about organic agriculture principles, regulations, markets, and trends. They […]

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Task Force to look at organic sugar quotas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the specialty sugar quota for Fiscal Year 2018 allowing 160,000 Metric Tons overall to enter the United States. This amount is then broken down into four tranches. The first tranche, totaling 1,825 STRV (1,656 MTRV), will open Oct. 2, 2017. The second, third, fourth, and fifth tranches […]

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Commenting on modernizing NAFTA

Earlier this month, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) weighed in with a written comment to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to support modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Yesterday, the Organic Trade Association’s Director of International Trade Monique Marez delivered the trade association’s comments in person during […]

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Interested in U.S.-Brazil trade mission?

The U.S.-Brazil Agribusiness Trade Mission in Recife and São Paulo, Brazil, September 25-29 will provide small- and medium-sized U.S. enterprise participants with first-hand market information, access to government decision makers, and one-on-one meeting with business contacts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will develop the agenda, facilitate logistics, and cover such on-ground expenses as transportation, interpretation, […]

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Seeking additional international trade codes for organic

Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued special harmonized codes (HS codes) to trace imports and exports of a number of organic products. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is currently working on another application to request additional HS codes for organic products, and is seeking input on which products toad to the […]

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Modernizing NAFTA to advance organic

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) weighed in Monday with a comment to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to support modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. In its written comment, OTA pointed out the importance of NAFTA to U.S. organic producers, traders and retailers concerning market access, trade […]

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Critical trade topics in play during Organic Week

Four trade-related topics will be among the issues discussed during the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Member Day activities next Tuesday in Washington, D.C., during Organic Week. Topics will be: Taiwan Port of Entry Challenges & Solutions; 10 – 11 a.m. Mexico Task Force; 11 a.m. to noon Organic Matchmaking: a Member Discussion; 1 – 2 […]

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Webinar on electronic certification inspection

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will host a webinar on the European Union (EU) implementation of an Electronic System for Certificates of Inspection via updates to EU TRACES on May 9 at 3 p.m. EST. The European Union now requires electronic certificates of inspection for imports of organic products. OTA will review the new updates to the […]

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Organic trade mission to Hong Kong

For the first time, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) will lead a trade mission to Hong Kong/Macau. Hong Kong is the sixth largest importer of U.S. organic products in the world, and there are no additional organic certification requirements to enter this market. The mission will include a retail tour and market briefing in Macau, retail […]

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