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Active Task Forces

Organic Trade Association Task Forces are time-bound (not necessarily short-term), task-charged, and outcome-focused groups. Task forces can be convened by the Board, staff, or members in order to recommend a course of action or accomplish a specific objective. In addition to a handful of active international-focused task forces, the Organic Trade Association also hosts an International Trade Member Forum for a convenient way to exchange ideas and information on international organic standards and trade matters via an e-mail list serve (sign-up here). 


European Union and U.K. Task Force 

This task force will address the impact of the changing EU organic regulations on the U.S. organic industry, particularly in regards to the existing U.S. - EU organic equivalence arrangement. This task force will serve as a platform to voice and discuss challenges regarding the changing regulations, and plan next steps for those involved in the EU market. The work will also address the impacts of UK-Brexit and organic trade. This task force serves as an information-sharing body, and meets on an as-needed basis. The Organic Trade Association held a webinar in June of 2018 discussing the new EU regulations and the timeline to implement these changes. Contact us for a recording of the webinar.

Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force

Organic Trade Association has convened a Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force. Its mandate is to develop a best practices guide to use in managing and verifying global organic supply chain integrity to help brands and traders manage and mitigate the risk and occurrence of organic fraud. The best practices guide will include a vulnerability assessment, mitigation measures and an alert and reporting system. OTA member companies serving on the task force must be actively participating in organic trade as a supplier or buyer and/or have strong knowledge and experience of supply chain management and/or strong knowledge and experience with record keeping and verification systems for organic certification. Learn more about OTA's action on fraudlent imports.

Mexico Trade Task Force

The mandate of this task force is to monitor, analyze, and discuss existing and emerging issues from organic trade discussions and issue resolutions between the United States and Mexico.  The task force will provide input to FAS, NOP, and USTR on the industry's perspective on trade issues, technical talks, Mexico’s recently implemented organic regulations, and market potential. Task force members will also provide industry support and concerns regarding the potential opportunities and challenges that will be created by entering an organic equivalency arrangement with Mexico. Additionally, the task force will provide issue assessments regarding organic seed treatments in support of OTA / FAS / APHIS work on this issue.

Sugar Supply Task Force

The mandate of this task force is to decide on and implement a strategy to either 1) raise the US tariff rate quota for organic sugar, 2) create an organic Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ), or 3) implement both options, if they are compatible. In addition, the Sugar Supply Task Force may decide to discuss relief via amendments to the coming Farm Bill or other strategies to be determined.




Sarah Gorman
Manager, International Trade
(202) 403-8515

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