The Global Organic Trade Guide, the world’s first user-friendly website designed to help U.S. organic producers and handlers export organic products, was officially launched on June 18 by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). It features a new market data section and the only map to communicate global organic trade information in real time.
“This guide is the first and only resource to provide user-friendly access to comprehensive international organic trade information,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s executive director. “As the global organic market heads towards the $100 billion mark projected for 2015, this guide will be essential for success.”
Features of the guide include:
Real-time Map Tool – Click on any country to find out about its organic regulations, agreements with the U.S., certifiers, government agency contacts, import requirements and more.
Export Tools – Review up-to-date federal export information from the USDA National Organic Program, Foreign Agricultural Service, OTA and National Organic Initiative; and examine in-depth export information and contacts for every U.S. state.
Import Tools – Get import information and contacts specific to the European Union, Canada, Japan and Taiwan.
Market Data – Find the latest news, market reports and trade show information for global organic trade.
“The Guide is a one-stop resource for any organic farm, ranch, or value-added manufacturer of organic products that wants to find out how to export their products worldwide,” said Laura Batcha, OTA’s executive vice president. “This guide complements the existing export programs and activities developed by OTA to grow U.S. organic exports.”
Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Affairs Service, the website is administered by the OTA’s Organic Export Program, which brings the U.S. organic industry to developing world markets through international promotions, exporter education, business to business connections, and trade negotiations.