Elenteny’s Actions : Strengthen Organic Enforcement Regulations

Elenteny’s Response to USDA’s Strengthen Organic Enforcement Regulations 

This page provides information for Elenteny customers on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products.

These new requirements for organic supply chains will go into effect on March 19, 2024.  

The one take-way for our customers is that all organic wine needs to be certified before it can be imported. 

The SOE regulations require: 

Elenteny Imports to become a certified importer with the USDA. To do so, we must declare all products that are labeled as organic that we will import with a USDA organic certifier.

To attain certification, Elenteny must provide a list of suppliers and each SKU from those suppliers that will be imported including all certification documents. Our certifier must review all certificates and sources prior to Elenteny’s certification.

Additionally, suppliers are required to have each shipment certified by their certifying agent and will be given a National Organic Program certification (NOP Certificate) which must be provided to our freight forwarder as part of the export documentation.

If you want to import any products labeled with the word ORGANIC. This includes language such as “made with organic grapes”,  “made with organic standards”, and “contains organic ingredients”.  YOU MUST BE REGISTERED IN OUR ORGANIC PROGRAM. If your supplier and the specific item you are ordering are not in our Organic Program, the label and corresponding invoices or other export documents MUST NOT say any of the above. 

There are no exceptions. 

 

OPT-IN

As an Elenteny Customer, you would have received communications requesting you to OPT – IN or OPT – OUT of our compliance during the first enrollment period.  This enrollment period is now closed (as of February 3, 2024).  

A second enrollment period will open on 1 June 2024 until 15 June 2024 to allow the addition of organic wines to be sold during OND.

 

SUBMITTING A PO 

  1. When submitting a new purchase order, inform Elenteny Imports when you are shipping an approved organic supplier/wine. 

       2. Then forward the NOP certificate when your supplier receives it.

       3.If the wine arrives at port without the required certification and documentation you are liable for destruction, and demurrage on each container. * 

 

LCL customers submit here

Elenteny Partners Submit POs here

*USDA/CBP Agriculture has already begun requesting photos, COLAs and other documentation to prove that the final imported wine is compliant with this program

 

MORE INFO AND CONTACTS 

Fact Sheet :  https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/SOE-FR-Fact-Sheet.pdf
SOE Rules: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/strengthening-organic-enforcement
Certifier Look Up: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/becoming-certified
Example certificate: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/NOP%20Import%20Certificate.pdf
Contact us : organic@elentenyimports.com