If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – don’t fret! We’ll keep you in the know!

With this glossary we’ll guide you through the common technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).

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Permission to Trade

Intermediate, temporary allowance to start trading under Fairtrade conditions. It by no means represents a valid Fairtrade certificate and it is linked to certain conditions.

There is a difference in the Permission to Trade for traders and producers:

  • Traders, upon receipt of payment of the initial certification fee, receive a preliminary Permission to Trade valid for nine months.
  • For producer organisations, the Permission to Trade is issued if there are no Major Non-Conformities identified during their Initial Audit, the audit evaluation is completed and a certificate is issued.