Certificate for Export/Certificate of Free Sale

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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

  1. What is a certificate for export or certificate for free sale?

It is a document requested by an importing state or nation, prepared by the MDA that describes and or attests to animal health, product safety, production, processing methods or sanitation of processing plant.
  • What are the requirements? 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.

  • How long does it take to get a certificate for export? Our turnaround time is 5-7 business days from the time that we are contacted with all the appropriate paperwork. Be advised that applications received after 4:00 pm are considered received the next business day.
  • How are applications processed? Applications are processed on a rolling basis in the order they are received unless there are extraordinary circumstances (detained shipment for example).
  • Does MDA charge a fee for export certificates? Yes. There is a fee of $75 dollars for up to three certificates for one shipment.
  • What types of export certificates does MDA issue? Certificates include, but are not limited to:
    • 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.

    Source: www.mda.state.mn.us

    Category: Insurance

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