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Country Content Sections/Tabs

Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

The Agrocalidad (Agencia Ecuatoriana de Aseguramiento de la Calidad del Agro), an agency of the Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Acuacultura y Pesca, is the competent authority responsible for regulating organic production and controlling organic certification bodies as well as all organic operators across the value chain.

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Av. Eloy Alfaro N30-350 y Amazonas
Edif. MAGAP, Piso 9
Phone: (593) 2 2567 232

Certificación Orgánica
Mgs. Verónica Santillán
Phone: (593) 02 2567 232 Ext. 159
Address: Av. Interoceanic Km 14 1/2 and Gonzales Suarez diagonal to the station Gran Marcelino.

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Regulations and Instructions of the General Regulation to promote and regulate Organic-Ecological-Biological Production in Ecuador (Normativa E Instructivo de la Normativa General para Promover y Regular la Producción Orgánica-Ecológica-Biológica en Ecuador) (.pdf in Spanish)
Organic Resolution 140 (Resolución Orgánicos 140) (.pdf in Spanish) 
Organic Procedures Manual

Date of Implementation: 2003

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Production, processing, packaging, labeling, storage, transport, promotion, marketing, process control and certification of organic products of agricultural origin.

Imported Products

Imported organic products may be marketed as such only when:
a) If a certificate accredited to your country of origin, the competent authority or other body designated in the exporting country has issued a transaction certificate stating that the lot designated in the certificate has been obtained in the framework of a system production, processing, labeling and inspection for applying at least the rules established in this Instructive failing.
b) The original certificate transaction must accompany the goods until the holding of the first consignee; the importer must keep the certificate available to the certification body or the competent national authority for at least five years.
c) The imported lots must be accompanied by a transaction certificate in original, in which appears the importer responsible for the transaction, duly signed by the Certification Body that has controlled the exporter in the country of origin. The transaction certificate must bear at least the following information:

Name and address of the Certification Body of the exporting country Name and address of the last operation in the exporting country


d) The authenticity of the product should be maintained after import until it reaches the consumer. The importer and trader of organic products must be certified by an accredited certifying agency in the country.
e) Organic products are imported in containers or properly sealed containers, and where the products come packaged for direct sales to consumers must comply with the provisions of this Instruction.
f) The National Competent Authority may:

Require detailed information on the measures applied in the country of origin of the product to assess and decide on the equivalence of their rules with the requirements of the present Instruction;  Require that the product is labeled according to the labeling requirements of this Instruction, if the demands were different.
  • Name and address of the exporter
  • Name and address of the importer
  • Trade name of the product (brand), quantity (gross weight, net weight, volume) and condition (organic / in conversion), type of packing and crating, packaging identification, identification of transport.
  • Date, signature and stamp of the Certification Body of the exporting country
Certification and Accreditation


An official list of registered certification organizations is available online.

Accreditation Method:



Information on how to become a registered certification organization is available online.

Additional Information

USDA’S GAIN Report Ecuador Exporter Guide (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Ecuador Food Processing Ingredients (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Retail Foods (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Ecuador’s Food Processors Seeking U.S. Quality Ingredients and Bulk Products (2018)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2022)
USDA’S GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2022)





Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2018 – 2021 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2018-2021 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.


How to use this website

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) brings the US organic industry to developing markets around the world. This database is a comprehensive tool for OTA membership interested in participating in or expanding international trade in organic products by providing information to understand international markets for organic products. Select the country you wish to export to and find out whether it has an agreement with the United States, who its certifiers are, and much more.

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