Importing organic produce

Other regulations affecting organic importers


As well as legislation relating specifically to organic production and marketing, organic operators must comply with general and food safety regulations. Where there is a conflict, the general regulation takes precedence over the organic requirement even where this will result in the product losing its organic status.

General food regulations

When importing food, you need to comply with general food safety regulations. Find an overview of the legislation for importing food.

You must also comply with a number of food hygiene regulations affecting anyone who trades within the European Union (EU).

If your business imports live animals or products of animal origin, a number of special rules apply. See products of animal origin.

You may also require a special licence.

In most cases you'll need a Certificate of Veterinary Clearance, which you can obtain from the port health authority (PHA). See overseas veterinary certificates and Border Inspection Posts.

General import registration, documentation and procedures

In addition to the Certificate of Inspection, which attests to the conformity with organic standards of your products, your imports are also subject to standard import procedures.