International Trade Office
Certificates of Free Sale
A certificate of free sale is sometimes required for certain items to enter foreign countries. It basically states that a product is known to be sold freely in North Carolina. The Certificate of Free Sale is signed by a governing body such as the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, your local Chamber of Commerce, or other organization.
North Carolina companies exporting food or drug products and requiring a Certificate of Free Sale may contact the Food & Drug Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Please call 919-733-7366 and ask for the "Compliance Officer for Certificates of Free Sale".
The information you will need to provide is:
- Name of the firm NCDA & CS Food & Drug Protection inspects
- Physical Address of that firm
- Name to send attention to
- Mailing Address if different than the firm
- If you are a manufacturer, include the list of products required on the certificate
- Number of Certificate/s needed
- FedEx/UPS account number
- There are two options for a Free Sale Certificate
- A basic certificate with signature only- $3
- A certificate with signature plus additional information (notarized and/or NC gold seal)- $8
- An invoice will be included with the certificate
- Turnaround for certificates is seven (7) to ten (10) business days
The NCDA&CS Meat and Poultry Inspection Division does certificates of free sale for meat and poultry companies. Ms. Linda Oltz is the contact. Her email is: Linda.Oltz@ncagr.gov . Requests for Certificates of free sale for animal feed should be sent to
Patty Ammons in the Feed Division Her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Exporters of non-food and drug products should contact their local Chamber of Commerce for a Certificate of Free Sale.
For information on other export documents, click here.
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