International Trade Update:
There’s never been a better time to grow your business through international markets. The once “emerging” markets have now developed, they have industrialized and urbanized.
A new middle class has grown outside of the U.S. borders and now accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power. Smart U.S. businesses are finding these new customers and increasing sales by opening up markets around the world.
The Inland Empire Regional Chamber’s mission is to serve as a powerful source of international business support for the region. To help you rise to the exciting opportunities that globalization offers by providing international trade assistance and key global relationships to help you capture your share of these promising markets.
Simply stated, we are committed to helping our members – and the region as a whole – thrive in global commerce. We are part of an extensive network of world trade centers throughout the globe, and are able to connect businesses in the Inland Empire region to over 650,000 potential customers who are members of more than 320 world trade centers in 96 countries. To complement our core services and programs, we work in partnership with the region’s leading trade-related organizations, all with an eye for providing you with information, programs, and resources to guide your global business strategies.
Whether you export or import, whatever your global business need, whatever your market – The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce is your global business resource. To learn more about membership click here
Certificate of Free Sale
Foreign governments sometimes require a certificate of free sale when companies import products.
The certificate of free sale is evidence that goods, such as food items and/or cosmetics, are legally sold or distributed in the open market, freely without restriction, and approved by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin (United States).
If your business is in need of a certificate of free sale, please see the required documents below. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing. *Please note that a Chamber-issued certificate is not a substitute for documentation issued by the FDA or U.S. Department of Agriculture. We recommend you verify with the foreign customs agency whether or not a Chamber-issued certificate will suffice.
We require the following documents to accompany certificate orders:
1. You must submit a written declaration from the manufacturer attesting to the source of manufacturing for all products listed in the certificate (submitted once every 12 months). In the event you are not able to attain a statement from the manufacturer directly, you must submit a notarized declaration issued on your own company's letterhead attesting to the source of manufacturing.
2. For each product you would like listed on the Certificate of Free Sale, your company must submit at least one invoice showing the sale of each product to a U.S. customer. The invoices should be dated within the last 12 months and the product names must be the same as how they will appear on the certificate. Please note that if you have more than one product, we can list them all on one certificate (though we will still need copies of invoices showing the sale of each product to U.S. customers).
Please fill out the form below and then email the supporting documents to Info@iechamber.org
**Please note that once applications are submitted, payments are non-refundable. Please note certificates of free sale can only be issued for California companies
What is a Certificate of Free Sale?
Some foreign governments require a 'Certificate of Free Sale', sometimes referred to as a 'Certificate for Export' or 'Certificate to Foreign Governments' when companies import products. The certificate of free sale is evidence that goods, such as food items and/or cosmetics, are legally sold or distributed in the open market, freely without restriction, and approved by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin (United States).
Upon review, the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce can issue a Certificate of Free Sale for products legally sold in the United States*. A Certificate of Free Sale states that the company selling the products has submitted evidence to us that the products listed on the certificate are freely sold in the United States.
View a sample Certificate of Free Sale
*Please note that a Chamber-issued certificate is not a substitute for documentation issued by the FDA or U.S. Department of Agriculture. We recommend you verify with the foreign customs agency whether or not a Chamber-issued certificate will suffice.
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