The Czech Republic became a member of the European Union in May 2004 and so all EU directions apply. Any exporter from the United States must be familiar with Czech food laws and EU regulations and directions which overrule any Czech legislation.
Globally, the organic market reached 54.9 billion US dollars in 2009. A large part of the turnover was in Europe (48 percent) and in North America (48.1 percent). Since 1999 (15.2 billion US dollars), the global market for organic products more than trebled (Sahota 2011).