Many countries around the world require certification documents to accompany products being imported into their country.
Per TCA 53-1-102 "Certificate of free sale" means a certificate issued by the department that certifies that the manufacturer of the food, nonprescription drugs, or cosmetics listed in the document is duly authorized to manufacture the products and either that: (A) The products may be sold freely to the public in the United States, and the manufacturer is in substantial compliance with this chapter as determined by an inspection conducted by the department; or (B) The manufacturer has provided the department with a complete copy of the report of the most recent inspection conducted by the United States food and drug administration for each Tennessee location where the foods, nonprescription drugs or cosmetic products for which the certificate is being sought are manufactured; and that, based on the inspection report or reports, it is evident that the manufacturer is authorized to sell the products freely in the United States.
$25 for the first certificate and $10 for each additional duplicate.
Invoices are sent along with the certificates and are due upon receipt.
E-mail requests to Consumer and Industry Service Food and Dairy Division at
Certificates take up to seven (7) business days to issue.
Certificates are mailed from the Department along with the invoice. If a firm would like to use Fed-Ex or UPS their account number must be provided at the time the order is placed.