Guide

Importing organic produce

Introduction

European Union (EU) legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from the UK/EU.

Until third country producers and processors are registered with an EU approved organic control body, imports authorised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) from these countries are also permitted. Seeds, animal feedstuffs and unprocessed cotton are also subject to the import controls for organic produce.

You can import organic produce without authorisation and sell it as organic if it is from within the EU, EEA or from Switzerland and is produced or processed by an operator registered with an approved EU organic control body.

This guide sets out when authorisation is required, when you need to be registered/certified with an organic control body and how to correctly and efficiently import organic products into the UK.