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International researchers interested in U.S. organic

This week The Organic Center and the Organic Trade Association will meet with an international delegation from the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry in China. Seventeen food science researchers will visit OTA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to learn about the organic industry and research initiatives in the United States.

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Russia’s ban on imports includes organic products

The recent ban Russia has established on certain agriculture products from the United States covers categories that include organic versions of prohibited imports. USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service released the following statement: “On August 6, 2014, Russia issued an order banning certain agricultural imports from the United States, the EU-28, Canada, Australia, and Norway for one year. […]

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Suggestions sought for additional organic trade codes

The U.S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements is currently accepting request submissions for additions to the Harmonized Tariff System. Currentlythere are 35 import and 26 export codes for organic products. Those codes can be viewed online (Note: use the CTRL+F function to search for a particular product by name). OTA is […]

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Partnership to expand certified organic exports to Korea

Quality Assurance International (QAI) and Australian Certified Organic (ACO) have announced their new partnership to expand the certification of organic products to and from Korea and the United States for unprocessed foods, agricultural and forest products, raw food and livestock. Under the partnership, the two certification agencies are combining their organic inspections. As ACO is […]

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OTA unveils new online resources for global organic trade

OTA will launch online resources essential to the global organic import and export community and host foreign buyer meetings at Natural Products Expo West.  OTA will introduce its online U.S. Export Directory, which gives qualified global buyers direct access to U.S. organic producers. Global buyers can find U.S. producers’ profiles, products and contact information in […]

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OTA participates at BioFach 2014

OTA’s Organic Export Promotion team, including OTA staff Jessica Poingt (Senior International Trade Manager), Gwendolyn Wyard (Regulatory Director for Organic Standards and Food Safety), and Marni Karlin (Director of Legislative & Legal Affairs) represented OTA at BioFach 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany. In addition to the team staffing a booth in the U.S. Pavilion, COTA’s Executive […]

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OTA issues report on Japan’s market for organic

Timed to coincide with the launch of the U.S.-Japan Organic Equivalency Agreement this month, OTA’s Global Organic Trade Guide has issued its first comprehensive report on the organic market in Japan. Designed as a resource for U.S. exporters, the report is available free online. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service, […]

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Last chance to register for Buyers’ Mission at Expo West

You only have two more days left to register for OTA’s Buyers’ Mission to be held in partnership with Food Export Midwest at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, March 6-8. At the 2013 show, OTA combined efforts with Food Export Midwest & Northeast (FoodEx) in arranging 267 one-on-one meetings with 17 organic food […]

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Measures announced to help keep Korean market open

Korean officials this week announced measures that will allow the continued stream of commerce for U.S. organic processed products for the next six months. While announcing the Korean Environment-Friendly Organic Regulations for processed products were to be implemented as scheduled as of Jan. 1, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) also […]

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Vetter nominated to be U.S. chief agricultural negotiator

With Islam Siddiqui announcing his intention to step down as Ambassador in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, President Barack Obama has nominated Darci L. Vetter for chief agricultural negotiator with the rank of ambassador. Vetter is Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, a position she has held since 2010. […]

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