Mexico Import Regulation Update – Extended Deadline to 2022
Mexico’s import regulation will now go into effect on January 1, 2022.
You need to enroll in the Mexico Compliance Program (MCP) for certification to the Mexican organic standards (LPO) if you do any of the following:
Grow organic product in Mexico
Handle, process, repack, or relabel organic product in Mexico
Design labels for products that will be sold in Mexico
Export finished organic products to Mexico from the United States
Sell CCOF certified organic products to any buyer who requires LPO certification
If you export to Mexico from the United States and do any of the above, CCOF highly encourages you to enroll in the MCP to make the transition smoother when Mexico’s new organic import regulation takes effect on January 1, 2022. To enroll, send a completed Mexico Compliance Program Application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mexican Organic Standards (LPO) Update – 2020
An update to the Mexican organic standards (Guidelines for Organic Operation of Agricultural Activities) was published by SENASICA/SADER on June 8, 2020, and goes into effect on December 8, 2020. The full text can be found here.
The following are changes most likely to affect CCOF-certified operations in the Mexico Compliance Program:
- Labeling requirements for sale in Mexico include updates to these elements:
- non-GMO statement,
- placement of the name of the certifier, and
- identification numbers
- Production of crops in container will now be allowed only if technical justification is provided
If your operation uses retail labels for sale in Mexico: review the updated labeling requirements in section 3.1 of the CCOF Mexico Compliance Program Manual and send drafts of all new or modified labels for review prior to printing or use. You may use up existing approved labels until December 8, 2022. Be prepared to report on any remaining inventory at your next inspection.
If you produce crops in containers: if you wish to have your existing parcels reevaluated for compliance with the updated Mexican organic standards, complete the updated CCOF Mexico Compliance Program Application and send it to email@example.com for review.
CCOF Mexico Compliance Program (MCP)
CCOF is ready to support your operation’s continuing compliance and market access, whether your operation is located in or exporting to Mexico. We are an approved certification body under the Mexican Organic Standards (LPO) and we are proud to be part of the implementation of the historic organic program of Mexico. Our SENASICA-issued Certifier Identification Number is SENASICA-OCO-14-009. SENASICA is a USDA-equivalent branch of Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER).
The Mexican standards are similar to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards in most areas. CCOF’s Mexico Compliance Program verifies compliance with Mexican organic requirements for operations in addition to USDA NOP requirements.
This program is for certification to the LPO and is required for organic operations located in and exporting to Mexico. All operations located in Mexico are required to obtain LPO certification in accordance with SENASICA’s Circular Number 16/2018, published on September 12, 2018. Operations exporting finished organic product to Mexico must also obtain LPO certification. Contact us with any questions about your operation.
Mexican Organic Standards (LPO)
Mexico’s organic program consists of:
- The Organic Products Law, published on February 7, 2006
- The Regulation of the Organic Products Law, published on April 1, 2010
- The General Rules for Use of the National Seal, published on October 25, 2013
- The Guidelines for Organic Operation, published on October 29, 2013
Download these documents in Spanish or English from SENASICA.
Operations enrolled in the CCOF Mexico Compliance Program are responsible for reviewing the Guidelines for Organic Operation and the General Rules for Use of the National Seal.
Mexico Labeling Requirements and Use of the Mexico National Organic Seal
All products sold as organic in Mexico must meet the Mexican labeling requirements. Review the Mexico Compliance Program Manual or our International Market Labeling Guide for labeling requirements for organic products sold in Mexico. To learn more, read the General Rules of Use for the National Seal.
Visit CCOF’s logo download page to download the National Seal for organic products. Use of the National Seal is optional, and limited to products produced in Mexico. If the National Seal is used, its use must comply with the requirements outlined in the General Rules of Use for the National Seal.
Important: Send all labels to CCOF for approval prior to printing.
Call our office at +52 333-898-1342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to communicate with an Applicant Support Specialist for Mexico.