Export News: Update on EU Organic Export Certificates

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Date Published: 
August 21, 2017

Starting October 19, 2017, the European Union (EU) will only accept electronic export certificates (Certificate of Inspections or eCOI). The EU has implemented a new electronic system called the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), for issuing and tracking eCOIs. 

To prepare for this change, please follow these 4 steps. 
  1. Your EU based importer must register with the EU and then as an Operator with TRACES. They should work with their certifier to achieve this. 
  2. Your importer is responsible for entering your product and shipment details and requesting the eCOI. CCOF will receive these requests through TRACES.
  3. CCOF members must continue to submit the EU Export Certificate Request Packet to export@ccof.org. This will allow CCOF to verify the details submitted by your importer.
  4. For the foreseeable future, a physical COI will also need to be sent with the shipment, or directly to the importer. The EU is working to implement fully electronic certificates in the future. 
Export certificate fees will remain the same. Please visit our exporter guidance webpage for details and contact export@ccof.org for further information.