Organic Trade Assn. launches website to help facilitate trade of organic agricultural products, serve as a source for U.S. companies to learn about export requirements, organic regulations worldwide

WASHINGTON , October 5, 2011 (press release) – The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has unveiled a new Organic Trade Resource Guide website to help facilitate international trade in organic agricultural products. OTA made the announcement in Seoul, South Korea, during the recent International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) World Congress.

The Organic Trade Resource Guide will serve as a resource for U.S. companies seeking to learn more about export requirements and organic regulations worldwide. U.S. companies can select the country to which they wish to export and find out if the market is open or if trade barriers exist, what the country’s laws and standards for organic are, who to contact to help in exporting to that country, and much more.

“The Organic Trade Resource Guide will be an important and vital tool for U.S. organic companies seeking to begin exporting or expanding their exports of products all over the world,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO. She added, “Excitement about and interest in organic products continue to build all over the world. Expansion of global trade in U.S. organic products creates high quality jobs in the growing U.S. organic sector.”

The website includes an interactive map showing real-time up to date information on worldwide organic standards and trade arrangements.

The website is made possible through funding for the U.S. organic sector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, as administered through OTA through its Organic Export Program.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.

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