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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Voluntary Physical Traceability (VPT)

Physical Traceability has always been a requirement for Fairtrade products. However, for four product categories (cocoa, cane sugar, fruit juices, and tea), the Standards allow for an exception from the Physical Traceability requirements as soon as Fairtrade products are processed, i.e. they allow for Mass Balance.

Customers trading one of the four products above can opt for Voluntary Physical Traceability throughout their entire supply chain. FLOCERT will check compliance on this during the audit.