Certificate of Free Sale

What is a Certificate of Free Sale?

Upon review the World Trade Center Denver can issue a Certificate of Free Sale for products manufactured and 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.

If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) covers your product, we cannot issue a Certificate of Free Sale for you. You must contact the FDA directly and have them issue the certificate.

Why do I need a Certificate of Free Sale?

Many countries are now requiring a Certificate of Free Sale, sometimes called a “Certificate for Export” or “Certificate to Foreign Governments”, as assurance from a foreign agency that the products listed on the certificate are freely sold and manufactured in the U.S.

How do I get a Certificate of Free Sale from the World Trade Center Denver?

*Please Read Carefully*

(Certificates may be delayed, denied, and include additional costs if requirements below are not met)

  • Please specify for which country or list of countries you would like the Certificate(s) issued (not just regions).
  • You must provide a Declaration Statement in which you declare that your products are manufactured in (insert country here) and freely sold within the United States of America. The declaration must: (1) be on the letterhead of the manufacturer, if different from the company requesting the certificate, (2) contain within the declaration the names of the products being certified, (3) include the language “products are manufactured in (insert country here) and freely sold in the USA,” and (4) include the name of the applicant company if different from the manufacturer.
  • For eachproduct you would like listed on the Certificate of Free Sale, your company must submit copies of invoices showing the sale of each product to two different U.S. customers.
  • The invoices should be dated within the last 12 monthsand the product names must be the same as how they will appear on the Certificate. 
  • * Please specify exactly how the products should be listed on the Certificate(s). This should coincide with how they are listed on the commercial invoice by at least 80% (e.g.: Listed as ‘Grape Shampoo’ on invoice, but needs to be listed as ‘Shampoo, Grape, 16 oz.’ on the certificate. An example we cannot comply with would be if ‘Grape Shampoo’ is listed on the invoice, but needs to be listed as ‘Special Volume Control Grape Shampoo’ on the certificate).*If the product(s) name you list on the form does not match the invoice product(s) name, we will not be able to process the certificate. Provide a product key showing the correlation between the products and their listing on the invoices if at least 80% correlation.
  • Specify how your company name and address should read on the certificate. There needs to be a proven connection between the address you require on the certificate to the address on the invoices you provide.


A separate Certificate must be purchased for each country to which you wish to export.

 Regular Service (not expedited)  Expedited Service
 No Apostille  $85  $135
 Apostille through CO Secretary of State  $110  $160

Products over 25: $1.00 per product

Spanish Version: additional $75

Extra copies: $25 per copy

Extra Apostilles for extra copies: $25

We accept AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, check or cash.

Membership Level # Free Certificates of Free Sale 
Gateway Plus Member  5 Free Certificates of Free Sale
Expansion Member  10 Free Certificates of Free Sale
Expansion Plus Member  10 Free Certificates of Free Sale
Sponsor Member  Unlimited
Executive Sponsor Member Unlimited

Once all of the above has been submitted, the Certificate takes 7 business days to process. Please note, if any of the requirements are missing in the form or invoices, it will prolong the processing time.

If you are having issues submitting your online application, you may click 
here to download a printable Word version of a Certificate of Free Sale.

You may then mail it to the Certificate Team:

World Trade Center Denver c/o Certificate Team

2650 E. 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80205 USA

Please include an account number and method of shipment if your Certificate needs to be returned via FedEx, UPS or USPS.

Please allow 7 business days for certificates to be processed and returned by mail. For more information, please email us or call us at 303-592-5760.