Exporting Organic and Bio-dynamic Products

The Department of Agriculture (DA) administers the Export Organic Program for the export organic and bio-dynamic sector in Australia. The primary objective of the program is to ensure that organic and bio-dynamic produce exported from Australia meets the requirements of importing countries, ensuring that international market access is maintained.

Any product described as ‘organic, ‘biodynamic, ‘biological’, ‘ecological’ or by any other word of similar indication is captured by the export controls.

Under the Export Control Act 1982 and the Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders 1997, it is prohibited to export organic produce without an Organic Produce Certificate issued under the Orders.

Organic and bio-dynamic produce for export must be certified by an approved certifying organisation, verifying that the produce has been prepared in accordance with the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce—Edition 3.7 September 2016.

Requirements for the export of organic product vary dependent on the level of recognition between trading countries of certification and product origin. There are specific requirements for the export of products to China, Japan, Korea and the US, where stand-alone national organic programs are administered. Additional requirements apply for EU shipments. For the EU, all stages of the supply chain must be certified, including manufacturers, importers, exporters and wholesalers.

There are three types of OPCs: 

  1. EU Certificate of Inspection (COI);
  2. Switzerland Certificate of Inspection; and 
  3. All other countries (EX1399).

Market Overviews

The Organic Export Requirements guide provides market overviews for a number of Australia’s key export markets including China, the EU, USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Russia and Malaysia.

Download the guide here for detailed market overviews. Access: restricted to levy-payers only.


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