Checklist for importers

Checklist for importers of organic products

As an importer, you may use the Bio-Siegel to label products only if the following requirements are met:

1 Your import company is a certified establishment and thus a member of the control system under Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007

Only companies which were controlled and certified according to EU legislation on organic pro-duction may import organic products and label them with the Bio-Siegel. So, as an importer, you first need to register your activity with an accredited control body and sign a control contract.
Click here for a list of certification bodies accredited in Germany.

Once the contract was signed, your company will be registered with the competent authority in the federal state concerned.
Click here for a list Addresses of the competent authorities in the federal states.

2. Properly carried out imports of organic products from third countries

According to article 33 passage 2 and 3 of Regulation (EC) No. 837/2007.

The pre condition for import and marketing of organic products from third countries has to be that certification of these products is carried out according to an accredited and equivalent standard which has been accepted by the EU Commission. Import can be realized according two procedures, which differ in the following points:

  • Import from recognized third countries,
  • Import according to the list of third country control bodies.

For custom clearance organic products have to be accompanied by a certificate of inspection according to annex V of Regulation (EC) No. 1235/2008. This document will be signed by the competent customs office. Without a signed certificate of inspection an imported product cannot be marketed as an organic product. Once an organic product has been imported and custom cleared into the EU, it can be treated as a national product within the Community.

Prior to importing from a third country, please inform yourself in detail on the website of the European Comission.

If you have questions regarding the import of organic productions, please contact the BLE:
An organic product may be traded without restriction within the EU after successful import.

Unit 522 – Approval, Reports Organic Farming
Ms Sibylle Stahr-Sedaghat
Phone: +49(0)228 6845 2915

Please proceed as follows when you label imported organic products with the Bio-Siegel:

3 The Bio-Siegel meets the graphic requirements of the German Eco Label Ordinance

The Bio-Siegel may be used on packaging, advertising and promotional materials only in accor-dance with the German Eco Label Ordinance. The design guide provides information on the design (size, placement on the package, etc.) of the Bio-Siegel and on its use.

Click here for information on the design and use of the Bio-Siegel and for the Design Guide.

The Bio-Siegel is registered as a protected trademark with the German Patent and Trademark Office. Any claims as to rights of prohibtion or damages which might result under private law shall be pursued by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) as the proprietor of the trademark.

Advertising with the Bio-Siegel

Using the Bio-Siegel for advertising purposes is allowed and indeed encouraged, whether by means of price tags, for instance, or on shelves for organic products. Window stickers or ceiling banners may also be used. For promotional purposes, the maximum size of the Bio-Siegel, ac-cording to the German Eco Label Ordinance, may be exceeded.

4 You notified a product to the Bio-Siegel Information Service?

Before bringing a product labelled with the Bio-Siegel into circulation for the first time, you must notify it to the Bio-Siegel Information Service. There are various options to do so.

Further information on product registration

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