U.S.-Korea equivalence for organic processed products

koreaYesterday, in separate signings in Seoul and Washington, the United States and Korea formalized an equivalency arrangement reopening Korea’s market to U.S. organic processed food products. The pact, which goes into effect today, allows processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States to be sold as organic in either country. This is the second U.S. organic equivalency partnership formed with a major Asian trading partner within the past year. Last September, the United States and Japan agreed to an understanding regarding the bilateral trade of organic products. These build on the landmark equivalency arrangements the United States has with Canada since 2009 and the European Union since 2012. Read OTA’s press release. For more information on the details of this arrangement, visit the OTA website and USDA’s NOP website.

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