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US-Japanese partnership will recognize each other's organic program as identical

The move will allow each country easier access to the other's markets.

September 27, 2013
KEYWORDS exports / organic / USDA
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US, Japan agreement on organic to make trade easier

USDA announced a partnership with the Japanese government that will recognize each country's organic program as identical, allowing access to each other's markets. US organic exports to Japan are currently estimated at $80 million, with growth due to the arrangement expected to reach at least $250 million in 10 years, according to USDA. Formal letters creating the partnership were exchanged at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD.

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