A selection of organic bakery products.
Photo courtesy of the European Commission.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – The E.U. and Chile signed their agreement on trade in organic products reached last year that will mutually recognize each country’s organic production rules and control systems.

The agreement will allow all organic products produced and controlled according to E.U. rules to be directly placed on the Chilean market, and vice-versa. The organic logos currently used by both nations will also be protected as part of the deal.

It also provides for a system of updates of the products covered by the respective organic rules, as well as agreeing on cooperation, exchange of information and a dispute settlement system for organic trade.

The E.U.-Chile agreement on trade in organic products is the first of a so-called 'new generation' agreements in trade in organic products. Until now the E.U. has opted for administrative arrangements on organic equivalence recognition or unilateral recognition of the equivalence of third countries' organic production rules and control systems.  The Chile deal is also the first bilateral recognition of organic rules with a Latin American country.

The E.U. said the agreement paves the way for other agreements in trade in organic products and should contribute to further growth in the global organic food market, supporting jobs and growth.

The E.U.'s organic sector has grown at around 5.5% per year on average over the past 10 years, and nearly 6% of the land available for and used by farming in the E.U. is dedicated to organic farming. Although the E.U. is a net importer of food from Chile, it is expected that this agreement will help provide greater opportunities for E.U. organic food exports to Chile.