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International Trade Data Reports

The Organic Trade Association has spearheaded and underwritten two significant studies on organic trade in its effort to build a sound set of data for organic stakeholders and policymakers when they make their business decisions and design policy.

Dec. 2016: Organic Product Prices from Around the World

OTA has catalogued 1,435 international organic product prices in this library. 

View Library of International Organic Product Prices

Dec. 2015: Impacts from Organic Equivalency Policies: A Gravity Trade Model Analysis

A new report released by the Organic Trade Association shows that organic equivalency arrangements have significantly boosted overseas business for U.S. organic. The study finds that these accords have collectively increased annual U.S. organic exports by 58 percent during 2011-2014 over what exports would have been without any agreement in place. Conducted by Dr. Edward Jaenicke, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State University, the study for the first time singles out organic equivalency policy to scientifically evaluate whether the policy is having its intended results.

The report looks at organic equivalency arrangements between the U.S. and Canada (implemented in 2009), the EU (2012), Japan (2014) and Taiwan (2009). The Taiwanese arrangement is a one-way understanding in which Taiwan recognizes U.S. organic certification. Recent organic equivalency arrangements signed with South Korea (2014) and Switzerland (2015) were not included due to insufficient data. The study focuses on the 2011-2014 period. Learn more about the report in OTA's press release

OTA's Organic Equivalency Policy Report

Apr. 2015: Preliminary Analysis of USDA's Organic Trade Data: 2011 to 2014

Organic International Trade data

A landmark study on the trade flow of organic food products across the borders of the United States reveals that a robust global appetite for organic food has created new lucrative markets from Mexico City all the way to Hong Kong for U.S. organic producers—but also provides strong evidence that American farmers are losing out on some valuable opportunities by not growing more organic.

According to the study conducted by Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. Edward Jaenicke, associate professor of agricultural economics, released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), exports of U.S. organic foods as well as imports of organic into the U.S. have risen significantly in the past few years. This watershed report compiles, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the officially tracked organic food products sold by U.S. exporters and bought by U.S. importers. Learn more about the report in OTA's press release.

OTA's International Trade Data Report 

Data Inquiries: 
Monique Marez
Director, International Trade
(202) 403-8515
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Director of Media Relations
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