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Batcha taking part in advisory trade meeting

Laura Batcha, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director, will take part this Thursday, July 24, in the latest meeting of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), of which she is a member. The day’s agenda includes an overview of the U.S. Trade Agenda and discussion of key trade negotiations, as well as an open roundtable discussion [...]

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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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OTA meeting with delegation of International Attachés

OTA’s Senior Trade Advisor Bob Anderson and OTA’s Senior International Trade Manager Monique Marez Monday met with several foreign post leaders to discuss the future of organic in a seminar sponsored by the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council. The round of attaché consultations is part of the Office of Foreign Service Operations’ Full Global Attaché [...]

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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 hosts July 9 webinar on U.S.-Korea Equivalency

As a follow-up to last week’s announcement about the U.S.-Korea Equivalency Arrangement for organic processed products, OTA will host a conference call and webinar this Wednesday, July 9, at Noon EST. OTA’s Senior Trade Advisor Bob Anderson and OTA’s Senior International Trade Manager Monique Marez will be on the phone to briefly discuss the arrangement, with [...]

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U.S.-Korea equivalence for organic processed products

Yesterday, 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 [...]

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United States and Korea complete equivalence discussions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program on Friday announced that the United States and Korea have reached an understanding of the parameters for a possible equivalence arrangement for processed organic food products to facilitate trade between the two countries. According to U.S. industry estimates, the United States exported approximately $35 million worth of [...]

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EDC Industry Stakeholder Panel

Last week, COTA’s Matthew Holmes participated in meetings of Export Development Canada’s Industry Stakeholder Panel. EDC is Canada’s export credit agency and a key COTA partner. EDC’s Industry Stakeholder Panel brings together representatives from 18 national industry associations to share insights on Canadian trade and investment and policy. During the annual dinner, the group was joined by [...]

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Obama acknowledges organic food exports during Asian visits

During his recent trip to Asia to discuss free trade agreements, President Obama highlighted the importance of U.S. organic food exports. “We still have some more work to do to fully implement the trade agreement and make sure that we’re maximizing its benefits, that our companies can compete fairly in areas like autos and IT [...]

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Opportunity in Mexico

Are you a Canadian importer interested in attending ExpoOrganics this June 25-27 in Mexico City? Organic producers and brands from across Mexico will exhibit their products at this annual show.  COTA may have financial assistance for walkers and buyers willing to take part in a buyer program hosted by the Mexican organic sector. Contact Julia [...]

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