Export Certificates

FDA’s export certificates give the agency’s official attestation concerning a product’s regulatory or marketing status. The fact that FDA has issued an export certificate does not preclude FDA from taking appropriate regulatory action against a product covered by the certificate. CFSAN issues “certificates of export” for seafood, food additives, and food contact substances. CFSAN issues “certificates of free sale” for landfood, dietary supplements, infant formula, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use.

U.S. firms wishing to apply for an export certificate for a food product may log in to FDA Industry Systems and submit an online application through the Certificate Application Process.

For more information on submitting an online application for an export certificate and step-by-step instructions, please see Online Certificate Application Process.

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