Organic JAS, EU MRL of Pesticide, Tariff rate and HS code

1. Organic JAS

The JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) System is based on the Law Concerning Standardization, etc. of Agricultural and Forestry Products (Law No.175, 1950) which governs all the agricultural and forestry products, except for liquors, drugs, quasi-drugs and cosmetics. The Organic JAS system has been further developed with the addition of the JAS Standards for organic livestock products, organic processed foods of animal origin and organic feeds which took effect in November 2005.

For the information about importing an organic product into the European Union, please refer to the page “About TRACES” and “TRACES NT Documentation”.
TRACES NT Documentation

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website
Japanese tea certified as Organic JAS is considered to conform to equivalent standards as EU produced organic goods and Japanese tea labeled as Organic can be imported to EU if the product satisfies fixed conditions. However, it does NOT mean that the Japanese tea can be certified as an EU organic food.
European Commission, Food, Farming, Fisheries > Farming > Organic farming > Trade in organics
Importing organic produce
農林水産省 Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries HP

2. EU Maximum Residue Level (MRL) of Pesticide

The producers have examined some tea leaves for EU Maximum Residue Level (MRL) for pesticides analysis by an examination organization in Germany.
The results of the examination satisfied the EU regulation.

European Commission > Food Safety > Plants > Pesticides > Pesticides Database
European Commission > Food Safety > Plants > Pesticides > EU Pesticides database > MRLs
Product(s): 0610000 Teas

3. Examination of Radioactive materials in tea cultivated in Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture conducted testing for radioactive materials in tea cultivated in Shizuoka Prefecture from 2011 to 2018, after the accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011. The inspection of crude tea and leaves was conducted in 2011, and inspection of brewed tea was conducted from 2012 to 2018. The results from 2012 to 2018 were below the detection limit. Additionally, by the Japanese government’s policy, tea cultivated in Shizuoka Prefecture was excluded from items required to be tested in 2018. Thus, Shizuoka Prefecture stopped testing from 2019. Due to the above-mentioned reasons, CHAMART judged that it was not necessary to test for radioactive materials in tea cultivated in Shizuoka Prefecture.

静岡県HP 農畜水産物の放射性物質検査について
Shizuoka Prefecture’s HP “Examination of Radioactive materials in agricultural, livestock and marine products”

4. Tariff rate on green tea to EU and HS code (as of April 2024)

0902.10 Green tea (not fermented) in immediate packings of a content not exceeding 3 kg: 3.2%, Tariff preference 0%
0902.10 100 In powdered form
0902.10 900 Other

0902.20 Other green tea (not fermented) : 0%
0902.20 100 In powdered form
0902.20 900 Other

EU Taxation and Customs Union
TARIC measure information Area: Japan – JP 0902 Tea, whether or not flavoured
Japan Customs
第2部 植物性生産品 第9類 コーヒー、茶、マテ及び香辛料