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OTA's Organic Export Program


Links for U.S. Companies on this page:

General Links

International Calendar of Events 

Regulatory & Marketing 

International links

General Links:

2014 International Calendar of Events*:

Please contact Monique Marez for additional information.  

2014 International Activities:

March 2014

Natural Products Expo West Buyers Mission
Anaheim, California, March 6-8, 2014
OTA will arrange meetings with foreign food ingredient buyers and retail buyers at the trade show in Anaheim, California. All interested U.S. organic companies are invited to participate in the mission.
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View the 2014 Expo East Buyer Profiles

Participating in OTA’s Organic Pavilions:
When U.S. organic producers reserve booth space at a trade show listed on the above Export Program Calendar of Events, they can request to be placed alongside OTA and other organic suppliers.  This “organic pavilion” visually connects organic producers and provides you with value-added services and marketing opportunities that enhance your trade show experience. These benefits—provided free by OTA—include visual cues that immediately tell buyers you’re an organic producer, such as OTA’s characteristic green carpeting and the OTA organic export logo for your booth.

Depending on the nature of the event, you may be invited to display products at OTA’s booth, participate in OTA’s tour of organic retailers, attend seminars on the U.S. organic marketplace, or catch a briefing by USDA in-country staff on organic market opportunities in their part of the world. In addition, you will be well placed to network with other organic producers and with foreign buyers invited to the show by OTA. You’ll also be in close proximity to OTA’s extensive resources, including the popular Organic Export Directory Online. 

"Once suppliers get to a trade show, they see that being part of OTA’s organic pavilion is really preferable to being on their own, and they want to be involved,” said Tiffany Landry, manager of OTA’s Organic Export Program.  Companies should sign up directly with the show organizer and indicate on your trade show registration form that you’re a U.S. organic producer. At OTA’s request, trade show organizers will do their best to place you with other organic companies under the OTA umbrella—giving you the distinction you need to stand out in the crowd.

Regulatory & Marketing:

European Union
New EU Regulation

Asia and Europe:
Export Study for U.S. Organic Products to Asia and Europe

A guide for exporting to
Australian Contacts
FAS Retail Sector Report 2007 
FAS Update on Organic Regulation 2008 
Australian Importers of Grocery Products 

GAIN – Organic Report 2010 
UNOFFICIAL translation of the Chinese National Standards for Organic Products 
FAIRS report - Implementation Rules for Organic Product Certification
China Market Overview 
Shanghai Organic Retail Market Profile 
OFDC Organic Certification Standards 
OFDC Certification Flowchart 
Chinese Translation of USDA National Organic Program 

Hong Kong
Natural Products Expo, Trip Report (June 2007)

Organic Food Market in India New!
India Market and Regulatory Assessment 

Japanese Registered Overseas Certifying Body guidance
Japan GAIN report (3MB MS Word Document)
Brochure on JAS Law
JAS Organic Stats
Status Of Organic JAS Certification

Korea Organic Report
Korea Annual Report
Korean Market Overview
Korea GAIN report

GAIN report 
Market Overview

Taipei International Food Show Trip Report 
Organic Market Overview, sponsored by OTA  (please request via e-mail)
Market GAIN report

SE Asia
Organic Market Overview, sponsored by OTA   (please request via e-mail)

International links:

  • United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) organic web pages 

  • National Organic Program webpage.  Find current Export Arrangements and Recognition Agreements with foreign countries, Import  requirements for the US, and the list Foreign Accredited Certifying Agents.

  • U.S. companies are eligible to receive up to 50% reimbursement for certain international marketing activities.  Eligible activities include international trade shows, advertising and select domestic trade shows.  The program is called the Branded Program and it is administered by State Regional Trade Groups (SRTG).  Each SRTG covers a geographic region of the United States.  For more information click on the link below for your region.

For more information on these programs, contact OTA's Senior International Trade Manager, Monique Marez at (202) 403-8515 or mmarez@ota.com, or Laura Batcha at lbatcha@ota.com.

The OTA's Organic Export Program is funded through the Market Access Program of the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA.

The Organic Trade Association does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, national origin or ancestry, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation or military status. Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication of program information can contact us at info@ota.com.

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