Firms exporting products from Minnesota are often asked by importing states, foreign customers or foreign governments to supply a "certificate" for products regulated by the MDA. The certificate is a document prepared by the MDA containing information about a product that describes and or attests to animal health, product safety, production, processing methods or sanitation of processing plant. Before an export certificate can be issued, the exporting party must have a current Food Handlers License issued by the MDA and have a current inspection report on file without any outstanding critical orders. If one or more of the requirements are not satisfied the MDA will not issue a certificate. A fee of $75 dollars is charged for each specific type of certificate and an application will be processed by the MDA within 5-7 days after receiving the application.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a certificate for export or certificate for free sale?
If one or more of the requirements are not satisfied the MDA will not issue a certificate.
- Certificate of Free Sale
- Certificate of Free Trade
- Certificate of Sanitation
- Certificate of Manufacture
- Certificate of Health
- Certificate of Origin
- Certificate of Export
Requirements & Fees
The exporting party must have:
- Food Handlers License issued by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- A current inspection on file
- No outstanding critical orders
A fee of $75 dollars will be assessed, designated by Minn. Stat. Sec. 28A.081, for up to three certificates for one shipment.