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 Organization (WFTO).


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Permission to Trade

Intermediate, temporary allowance to start trading under Fairtrade conditions. It does by no means represent 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 organizations, the Permission to Trade will be issued if there are no major non-conformities identified during the initial audit of the producer organization until the audit evaluation is completed and a certificate is issued.

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