Certificate of free sale (CFS)

  • The Certificate of Free Sale is one export form you may need to provide. It provides assurance to the customs authority of the importing country that the items listed on the certificate are the same items manufactured in the United States and sold here without restriction. They presumably meet all state and federal laws and regulations. It provides that assurance because the form is certified by a U.S.-based chamber of commerce. Some countries may require a certificate from a government agency such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for certain products.
  • A Certificate of Free Sale is a document prepared by the Department containing information about a product’s regulatory or marketing status. This certificate is available only for dietary supplements, medical foods, cosmetic products, and foods for special dietary use that may be legally marketed in the United States.

FDA documents received by mail Regular Service

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  • Must be paid by a check or money order.
  • Must include UPS or USPS Return.
  • Must fill the US Department of State form.

FDA documents received by mail Expedited Service

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  • Billing is available.
  • Shorter processing time.
  • Credit card payment is OK.
  • No need for the US Department of State form.
  • Return FedEx or UPS is required, or add $12.
  • Track your history and your annual spending online
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FDA documents received online Regular Service

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Processing time

  • Must be paid by a check or money order.
  • Must include UPS or USPS Return.
  • Must fill the US Department of State form.

FDA documents received online Expedited Service

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  • No need to ship your document. You may upload it here.
  • Billing is available.
  • Shorter processing time.
  • Credit card payment is OK.
  • US Department of State fee is included.
  • No need for the US Dept. of State form.
  • Track your history and spending online.