Importing organic food from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to Great Britain.
GOV.UK have updated their guidance on Importing organic food from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to Great Britain. Organic products imported from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to Great Britain will not require a certificate of inspection (COI) until further notice.
The EU has recognised the UK for the purpose of exporting organic products to the EU until 31 December 2023.
Food and feed certified as organic in Great Britain will continue to be accepted as organic in the EU until 31 December 2023.
Importing organic food from non-EU countries to Great Britain
All organic goods imported from non-EU countries must have a valid GB COI.
You’ll need to use an interim manual GB organic import system to import organic food and feed into Great Britain.
To request the forms for the manual UK organic import system, contact your organic control body.
Certifying organic food in countries outside the UK for export to Great Britain
Control bodies and control authorities can apply for recognition in countries outside the UK for export to Great Britain.
Applying for recognition means that a control body or control authority:
Some non-EU countries may require an export certificate for each consignment. You should check with the country you’re exporting to.
Some food and feed that’s certified as organic in Great Britain is also recognised as organic in the following countries:
Check with your control body:
There are no changes to imports or exports of organic food between Northern Ireland and the EU. Trade in organics should continue as before.
Read DAERA’s guidance on organic food and feed in Northern Ireland.
You must use TRACES NT and have an EU COI to import organic food from a non-EU country to Northern Ireland.
Read DAERA’s guidance on importing and exporting organic food between Northern Ireland and non-EU countries.
If the goods you have exported from Great Britain to the EU are rejected by the EU due to incorrect paperwork or failure to meet their organic goods standards, the Border Control Post (BCP) will:
You’ll need to notify a Port Health Authority (PHA) or your Local Authority (LA) before your goods arrive back in Great Britain.
You’ll also need to ask the PHA or LA to check the exporting documents including:
If you want to sell or market your goods as ‘organic’ in Great Britain, you’ll need to complete a returned organic goods application form.
The PHA or LA will need to check your application against the original export documents to ensure that the goods listed on the application match those that were originally exported. The PHA and LA will also check that there’s no reason for these goods not to be sold or marketed in Great Britain as organic.
Use link below to read full guidance.
Importing and exporting organic food - GOV.UK