Do you need to apostille a Certificate of Free Sale?
A certificate of free sale is a document that certifies that a particular product is legally sold or distributed in the country of origin and is free from any harmful or restricted substances.
This certificate is typically issued by the government or a regulatory agency in the country where the product is manufactured or distributed. It is often required for products that are intended for export to other countries, especially in the case of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and food products.
The certificate of free sale serves as proof that the product meets the regulatory requirements of the country of origin and is safe for human consumption or use. It is an important document for businesses that want to expand their markets by exporting their products to other countries.
Foreign governments who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention require a “Certificate of Free Sale” to receive an apostille when companies export products to them. The certificate of free sale is evidence that goods, such as food items and/or cosmetics, are legally sold or distributed in the open market, freely without restriction, and approved by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin.
A Certificate of Free Sale can be issued by the local Chamber of Commerce, State, private company, and the Federal Government (FDA, TTB, etc..). In order to determine who should issue the Certificate of Free Sale, we recommend that you check with the people requesting your document.
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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!
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