• Organic certification costs and viability of importing, roasting and retailing

    The green coffee importer and the coffee roaster also have to be inspected and certified. Inspection costs in the European Union vary from US$ 500 to US$ 900 per year per import/production location. In addition, the importer (who does not process the coffee, but only trades it) pays a licence fee of 0.1%–0.7% of the sales value or US$ 0.20–0.50 per kilogram, depending on turnover. Roasters pay a licence fee of 0.1%–1.5% of the sales value of the roasted coffee, depending on turnover. And, as already mentioned, every European Union importer of organic coffee must apply for an individual import permit for each of their suppliers and for each consignment.
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