US-Japan Export Arrangement

In 2002, USDA National Organic Program reached an export arrangement between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Japan. This arrangement allows US produced raw bulk organic agriculture product to be exported to Japan without additional organic certification. Details of the USDA and Japan Export Arrangement can be found on the National Organic Program website.


In addition to certification to the USDA organic regulations, raw bulk agriculture products must meet the following requirements in order to be sold as organic in Japan:

  1. Crops must be produced without alkali extracted humic acid.
  2. Lignon sulfonate must not be used as a flotation aid for organic pears.

Export Documents

If requested, a compliance affirmation may be issued by CDA upon verification that producer or handler has products that comply with the additional requirements of the US-Japan Export Arrangement. The compliance affirmation provides the necessary information for a TM-11 export document to be issued with the shipment to Japan.

A USDA export document (TM-11) verifying the conditions of the US-Japan Export Arrangement must accompany all shipments of bulk agricultural products intended to be sold in Japan as “organic.”

CDA certified operations may submit completed export certificate applications and accompanying documents to the CDA office staff.