Elenteny’s Actions : Strengthen Organic Enforcement Regulations

 

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

Overview

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 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. 

Update 5/1/24

Team Elenteny is now able to provide an update on our work to obtain our Organic Certification to comply with the USDA SOE.

What is our Organic Importer Certification status?

We are partway through the process, but we’ve been advised that we are approximately 60 days out from receiving our NOP ID number.

We are still able to participate in the NOP program in the interim, and like many of our wine industry colleagues will continue to import organic wine with the provision that it is appropriately identified and complies with NOP rules.

For our opted-in customers

For our customers who opted into our first enrollment period, you can electronically file NOP Certificates identifying Elenteny Imports as an uncertified handler on the Organic Integrity Database portal. This will alert the USDA that we are importing organic wines and are currently in the process of gaining the required certified status.

At the time of your PO submission, you must identify any organic wine that:

  1. Will be imported declaring organic status and which appropriate documentation has previously been provided during the opt-in period,  or
  2. you will not be declaring organic status.

If you are NOT declaring organic status, it is critically important that you notify your supplier that they are not to identify the wines on this shipment as organic to the freight forwarder. 

Please note, that Biodynamic and Demeter wines are not in scope of the ORGANIC program. Your supplier must not mark these commercial invoices with “BIO” or “ORG” or respond “yes” to the freight forwarder confirming organics.

 

Enrollment 

The next enrollment period provides the opportunity for you to register the organic wine you intend to import.  You must register wines with a label including the word ORGANIC. This can be any of the following: 

 

“Organic”. “Organic Wine” “Made with Organic Grapes”  “Made using Organic practices” 

 

These, and only these are wines in-scope of the USDA’s Strengthening Organic Enforcement Program.

The enrollment periods are : 

June 1, 2024  – June 21, 2024

September 1, 2024 – September 20, 2024 

December 1, 2024  – December 20, 2024

March 2, 2025 – March 21, 2025

 

The full schedule of 2025 periods will be published in early 2025. 

 

To register a SKU you must: 

 

  1. Have obtained a COLA with the Organic reference on the brand label.
  2. Provide Elenteny with the corresponding valid* and current Operator’s certificate (You may find any EU supplier’s Operator certificate in the database located here.)
  3. Fill out the provided product matrix with the details of the product being registered.
  4. Email organic@elentenyimports.com

 

*not expired (if your certificate is close to expiry a new certificate will most likely be ready on the portal linked above)

 

For customers thinking about importing Organic Wine

For our customers considering importing organic wine in the future, please talk to our team first.

We need to ensure compliance and you will need to speak with you about what is required. For more information, please email organic@elentenyimports.com

 

Elenteny Fees

We believe strongly in the value that small, organic producers and distributors offer US consumers, and we will work with you to ensure the continuity of your organic products in the marketplace.  

We have a fee structure that includes an annual SKU Registration Fee and then a shipment charge per supplier each time the SKU is imported.   The fees are standardized for those SKUs which are registered during an enrollment period.

For SKUS which meet the following conditions a RUSH fee is applied.

  1. An order that has not been declared ORGANIC on the PO appears as ORGANIC on the Commercial Invoice
  2. You are not currently opted into the program (see enrollment periods above) .
  3. If any item that is not enrolled appears on the Commercial Invoice.

Please reach out to organic@elentenyimports.com to learn more about our fee structure.

 

 

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

USDA FAQ: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/strengthening-organic-enforcement/faq

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

USDA Handbook : https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2024NOPProgramHandbookUpdate.pdf

Contact us : organic@elentenyimports.com 

 

Submit your PO

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