News from the USTR: Japan-U.S. Organic Trade

Today, the United States and Japan announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.

This partnership will greatly benefit both countries as the organics sector in the United States and Japan is valued at more than $36 billion combined, and rising every year.

“Today’s agreement will streamline access to the growing Japanese organic market for U.S. farmers and processors and eliminate significant barriers for small and medium organic producers, benefiting America’s thriving organic industry,” said United States Trade Representative Michael Froman. “This represents another key step in strengthening our economic relationship with Japan by boosting agriculture trade between Japan and the United States, leading to more jobs and economic benefits   for American farmers and businesses in this important sector.”

“This partnership reflects the strength of the USDA organic standards, allowing American organic farmers, ranchers, and businesses to access Asia’s largest organic market,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “It is a win for the American economy and sets the foundation for additional organic agricultural trade agreements in Asia. This partnership provides economic opportunities for farmers and small businesses, resulting in good jobs for Americans across the organic supply chain.”

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