Trade Standard

Standard for buying and selling Fair Trade Certified™ products

Trade Standard for Agriculture & Seafood

Vision and Objective


Compliance Criteria



Price and Premium Information

Special Price and Premium Terms

Multiple Ingredient Product Policy

Aged Product Policy

How the Trade Standard works

Standards are the framework of our global model. By adhering to them, you enable income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship. Learn more about our global model to get the big picture, see the quality standards we set for our own organization, or report an issue.


As the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in the US, we’ve worked hard to earn the trust that’s vital to our movement. It’s crucial that everything sold as Fair Trade Certified™ was purchased according to our standards, and to verify that, we expect transparency from brands and traders we work with. By verifying your supply chains, and by requiring that you report your fair trade transactions, we’re able to measure and support our impact.

Fair Trade Premium

The Fair Trade Premium allows you to directly invest in your supply chain. The extra amount you pay on Fair Trade Certified products goes toward helping your producers build strong, thriving, sustainable businesses and communities, which ultimately leads to higher quality products and goods. You can read stories in our news section about these funds in action.

Minimum Price Requirements

Some Fair Trade Certified ingredients have a set Minimum Price, which serves as a safety net for producers when market prices dip too low. Minimum Prices are set through a rigorous process that includes extensive review of the market and stakeholder consultations. For information about Fair Trade Premium and Minimum Prices for your ingredients or products, view the Price and Premium Database on our standards page or contact us for further questions.

How we set and revise our standards

Standards development and revision

In accordance with ISEAL, the Trade Standard will be reviewed at least every five years. The next revision is planned for 2017-2018.

Handling complaints

To submit a formal complaint against the Fair Trade USA standard-setting process, or to see how we handle complaints, download our Procedural Complaints Policy (in English, en Español).

Legacy standards

Any time we update our standards, we will give our partners a transition period to comply with any new changes. During that time, both old and new versions of the standard will be available online.