There are 4 types of costs that may apply to the members of the UTZ cocoa program:


Membership fee

Members of the UTZ cocoa program pay an annual membership fee. This fee depends on the volume of UTZ certified cocoa in metric tons (MT) of cocoa bean equivalent that you purchase per calendar year.


Category Volume in MT

(MT = 1000kg)

Annual Membership fee
Small <100 € 250,-
Medium 100 – 10.000 € 2.000,-
Large >10.000 € 4.000,-


For the first year, the membership fee is calculated pro rata from the moment you register. You will only be invoiced for the remaining months of that year. Please note that the membership fee is not related to, or dependent on the validity of your license. The issue of the license is free of charge.


Exemption for companies that only deal with final consumer-end packaging

Companies that only deal with products in final consumer-end packaging such as packers, distributors, brand owners and retailers, are exempted of paying the membership fee.


Exemption for corporate groups

If different companies belong to the same corporate group, the membership fee is only charged once. To define the membership fee category, the total amount of UTZ certified cocoa (in MT) that is purchased by calendar year is taken into account.


Program fee

UTZ charges a volume-based program fee of €10 per MT of UTZ certified cocoa in cocoa bean equivalent to the first buyer of UTZ certified cocoa (meaning: the company that buys the cocoa beans from the producer or producer group).

UTZ offers a discount to first buyers that purchase more than 10.000 MT of UTZ certified cocoa beans per calendar year.


If you are the first buyer of the UTZ certified cocoa, you will negotiate directly with the producer or producer group on the UTZ premium – an additional cash amount paid above the market price you would pay for a similar conventional (non-certified/non-verified) product. The premium needs to be indicated in the UTZ traceability system.

Audit costs

If a certification audit is required to verify compliance with the Chain of Custody Standard, please contact one of the approved Certification Bodies (CBs). UTZ does not set the price for audit costs, nor interferes in the negotiation process, but we recommend that you contact various CBs to get the best possible offer (availability, costs, etc.)

The membership and program fee are the only costs that UTZ charges to members in order to support and sustain our cocoa program. There is no fee charged for use of the UTZ label on finished products.

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Infographic Breaking down the costs of certification (English)