November 2019
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Survey & Assessment Division

The distinctive geographical, economic and social features of olive growing highlighted in the  2015 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives  underlie the economic objectives assigned to the International Olive Council. These objectives include expanding international trade, working to achieve a smooth world olive oil market and drawing up norms and procedures for international trading in olive oil and table olives.

The Economic Affairs & Promotion Unit of the IOC Executive Secretariat helps to achieve these objectives by carrying out the following activities:  

Market-related activities

Activities relating to IOC work

Activities relating to the IOC Executive Secretariat

Other activities relating to the Agreement



Regular market tracking and analysis (markets for olive oils, olive-pomace oils, table olives, other oils and fats). This work involves:

Updating and processing the IOC statistical database on the world markets for olive oils, table olives and for other fluid edible vegetable oils and fats.

Reviewing market conditions.

Tracking olive oil and table olive imports by the countries where the IOC conducts promotional activities.

Conducting retrospective and prospective studies on the olive oil and table olive market.

Monitoring national policies, with the focus on:

Tracking national olive acreage and geographical distribution of world olive resources.

Tracking policy measures concerning production, marketing, domestic consumption and international trade in olive products and other national developmental policies.

Tracking bilateral or multilateral agreements between countries on trading in olive oils and table olives.

Implementing the measures agreed upon by the World Trade Organisation for market access, domestic support arrangements, the reduction of subsidies and special clauses.

Monitoring economic surveys, studies and research on the olive/olive oil sector carried out by research and development agencies.



Preparation of working documents describing and analysing economic conditions on the olive oil and table olive markets, which are then examined by the IOC at its sessions.

Carrying out of market research and other economic analysis and statistical work on the olive/olive sector requested by the IOC Members.

Organisation of meetings of the IOC Advisory Committee on Olive Oil and Table Olives, which brings together representatives of the olive/olive oil sector from the IOC member countries (production, trade, industry and consumption). The Survey & Assessment Division arranges these meetings prior to IOC sessions and draws up a final meeting report.

Advisory Committee mandate: To collaborate with, and hear the opinions of trade/professional and consumer organisations


Meetings: Twice a year



Regular contribution of sectoral analysis articles for the IOC magazine, OLIVAE, and review of economic manuscripts submitted by outside authors.

Running of the IOC conciliation and arbitration scheme.



Olive oil and table olive standardisation in international trade:

Monitoring of the adoption, by IOC Members, of the designations and definitions of olive oils and olive-pomace oils, as well as of designations of origin and indications of source.

Monitoring of the adoption and application of the IOC trade standard applying to olive oil and olive-pomace oil as well as of the standard on table olives.

Monitoring of the adoption and application of the standard international contracts for transactions in olive oils and table olives.

Creation and operation of an international conciliation and arbitration board for disputes over transactions in olive oils and table olives.

Cooperation with the Customs Cooperation Council on the designation of goods. 

 Relations and exchanges with international organisations, bodies and institutes dealing with the world circulation of olive oils and table olives.