China approves New Zealand’s Organics for sale in China
Today MPI announced that products exported under its Official Organic Assurance Program (OOAP) gained access to the Chinese market. BioGro is the largest OOAP certifier with over 300 licensees in the JAS-ANZ accredited program BioGro New Zealand Ltd. manages.
The Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Certified organic products was signed in China by MPI Director-General Martyn Dunne and by Vice Minister Sun Dawei on Monday 14 November.
“The arrangement will take effect from mid-2017 to allow for implementation and industry to get prepared.” says BioGro CEO Donald Nordeng. “China is the fourth largest organic market in the world after the US, Germany, and France. With this agreement in place, BioGro licensees now have access to both the US market with the NOP certification we offer and will potentially be able to export to China after these implementation rules are established.”
According to MPI, the arrangement excludes aquaculture, apiculture, and textiles.
What this means for you
The agreement with MPI is a fantastic first step. However, the reciprocal agreement to access China has not started for New Zealand exporters, yet. The projected start date for exports is June 2017.
We're working towards being able to offer certification to the Chinese Organic Regulations and we'll keep you informed on progress.