Produce labeled as Organic or Biodynamic are Prescribed Goods under the Export Control Act (1982). This means that to legally export agricultural produce with reference to organic or biodynamic status in the labeling or corresponding documentation, each consignment needs to be approved for export by a government approved organic certification body (CB). There is a specific form known as an Organic (Export) Produce Certificate, which must be sent with each consignment of organic or biodynamic produce.
In addition to meeting the legal requirements for organic produce leaving Australia, exporters must also be aware of relevant importing country requirements.
Unfortunately, at this stage, the importing country requirements relevant to organic produce claims are not included in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR). For this reason, and for your information, below is a list of important export markets and a summary of the relevant requirements we are aware of. This list is not exhaustive, and may change without notice, so please also check directly with your certification body well in advance of sending organic produce overseas.