Do you need to apostille a Certificate of Free Sale?
One of the most important questions we ask our clients is, “Who has issued your Certificate of Free Sale?”
A certificate of free sale can be issued by the local Chamber of Commerce, the company, the State, and the U.S. Federal Government (FDA). If you decide to obtain this document from the local Chamber of Commerce, you will need to request the document to be signed and notarized by an official from the Chamber. A certificate of free sale generated from the company must also be signed and notarized. A certificate of free sale issued by the State or US Federal Government do not require notarization unless they arrive notarized directly from the State office.
Many countries are now requiring a Certificate of Free Sale, sometimes called a “Certificate for Export” or “Certificate to Foreign Governments”. This certificate is used to indicate to the other country that the product is marketing freely and sold within the United States and without restrictions. In some countries, this document may be referred to an export certificate.
In many cases, foreign governments are seeking official assurance that products exported to their countries can be marketed in the United States or meet specific U.S. regulations, for example current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations. Review of an FDA Export Certificate may be a required part of the process to register or import a product into another country.
Obtaining an apostille on a Certificate of Free Sale can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!