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On March 19th, 2024, the Agriculture Marketing Services (AMS) National Organics Program (NOP) becomes mandatory. For the importation of products indicating organic, the importer must have a copy of the certified organic import certificate issued to the exporter/manufacturer. 

The entities that must be certified based on their handling of the organic products:

  • 1.       U.S. Importers (organic certification required to be listed on the NOP import certificate.)
  • 2.       Foreign Exporters
  • 3.       Processors of an organic product
  • 4.       Operations that package the product
  • 5.       Warehouses that store bulk or unpackaged organic products
  • 6.       Others who “handle” the organic products, such as food brokers or sellers

There are 6,120 HTS codes flagged for the AMS organic program (AM7 message set may be required & AM8 message set required). 

In order to claim, sell, or market products as organic, a USDA Organic certificate must be provided (electronic or paper).

This information will be required as of next week.  Importers must supply Coppersmith with a copy of their NOP Certificate or advise of the e-certificate number as they retain the hard copy for future audit by the USDA). 

If you have questions or concerns regarding the AMS NOP, contact your Coppersmith representative for assistance.

Bobby Shaida

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