Open to Imports
NAME(S) OF REGULATION AND/OR STANDARD (with links):
Japan and the United States have an Equivalency Agreement which will begin January 1, 2014.
AUTHORIZED GOVERNMENT AGENCY(S):
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
AGENCY(S) CONTACT INFORMATION:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION: 2000
DATE OF REVISIONS: 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003
REGULATION AND/OR STANDARD SCOPE:
The standards cover plants, processed foods, livestock feed, and livestock products, as well as transportation, selection, processing, cleaning, storage, packaging, and other post-harvest processes for domestic and imported products.
Importers must be certified. Technical criteria for importers cover facilities, methods for acceptance and storage of imported product, qualifications and number of persons in charge of acceptance and storage of imports and for those in charge of grading labeling, and for attaching grading labels. Japan has approved rules and standards of some countries as equivalent with the Organic JAS system. The equivalent grading system of another country does not mean that it is identical to the Organic JAS system. The integrity of the Organic JAS system is maintained through setting the terms of exports to Japan for crucial differences between both grading systems.
Until the January 1, 2014 Equivalency Agreement begins, the United States has an export trade agreement with Japan.
Based on Codex Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods
- Overview of proposed revisions to the "Labelling Standard for Liquors Made from Organic Agricultural Products and Others" (pdf)
Summarizes proposed revisions for liquors made with organic ingredients (2012)
- Organic Trade Association's Japan Brief (.pdf)
- 2013 GAIN Report - Japanese Organic Market (.pdf)
- OTA's Japan-U.S. Equivalency Agreement Background and Clarifications (2013) (.pdf)