If you feel that the world of Fair Trade has its very own language – do not worry! With this glossary we would like to guide you through the specific technical terms used by FLOCERT, Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

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.

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