Does Your Company Need Verification That Exports Are Freely Marketed Without Restriction and Approved For Sale in the United States and Florida?
Some foreign governments require a “Certificate of Free Sale.” These are sometimes also referred to as a “Certificate for Export” or “Certificate to Foreign Governments.” The Florida Chamber of Commerce can issue you a Certificate of Free Sale, evidence that a product was manufactured in, packaged, or distributed from the state of Florida freely without restriction, and approved by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin (United States). Products include:
- General Manufactured Goods
- Machinery and Equipment
- Commercially Prepared Food (ready to eat)
- Cosmetics and Medical Devices
The Florida Chamber does not offer Certificates of Free sale for raw agricultural commodities, dairy products, poultry or meat products, dietary supplements, human or animal drugs or biologics. Please contact the FDA for more information. (see below)
3-Step Process for Applying for a Certificate of Free Sale
Step 1: Gather Required Documentation
- Letter from manufacturer on the letterhead of manufacturer attesting to the source of manufacturing for all products listed in the certificate (submitted once every 12 months).
The manufacture’s name must be the exact name as it appears on all government issued licenses and registration. If you are a bulk distributor and unable to submit a letter from each manufacturer directly, you must submit a notarized declaration issued on your own company’s letterhead attesting to the source of manufacturing (name and address of manufacturer).
- Copies of invoice(s) of the product(s) showing the sale of each product to a U.S. customer.
The invoices should be dated within the last 12 months and the product names must be the same as how they will appear on the certificate. If the invoice contains products that are not applicable to the certificate you must highlight the products that are.
A sample application package that includes examples of required letters is available here for download.
Step 2: Complete and Submit the Certificate of Free Sale Application and Submit Required Documentation.
Please note that incomplete applications will be automatically rejected. The Florida Chamber conducts due diligence and verifies submitted documentation. If we are unable to verify that your company or manufacturer (s) is/are legally registered to operate, your application will be rejected.
Submit all required letters and invoices to:
Florida Chamber of Commerce
ATTN: Certificate Request
P.O. Box 11309
Tallahassee, FL 32302-3309
Step 3: Pay Exporter Service Fee
- Certificate of Free Sale
- Member Rate: $60 Per Certificate
- Non-Member Rate: $80 Per Certificate
- $60.00 Additional Per Certificate
- $60.00 Additional Per Certificate
All fees must be paid in advance and are non-refundable. Each certificate covers the first 100 products, orders exceeding this amount will be charged $25 for each additional certificate. Once all requested information has been submitted, please allow a 3 – 5 business day review process to be completed before receiving your approved documents.
Questions? Please Contact the Florida Chamber International Trade Office.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA processes certificates for food, food additives, seafood, dietary supplements and cosmetics, human or animal drugs, biologics, and medical devices. FDA website offers FDA point of contact broken out by product and step-by-step instructions for obtaining a certificate can be found on the FDA website.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce offers Certificates of Origin and Certificates of Free Sale for products in most industries.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce IS NOT a government entity. It is important to note that these certificates are not in lieu of any government issued certificate. It is an addendum to any and all other document requirements. Please check with the foreign governing agency to verify documentary requirements.