What is a Certificate of Free Sale?
Certificates of Free Sale (COFS) are required in a growing number of countries. A Certificate of Free Sale provides assurance that the product(s) being exported from South Africa is the same as product(s) being sold in the local South African market, meeting all Regulations and Standards that assure consumer safety requirements.
Who may be required to apply for a Certificate of Free Sale?
Companies exporting personal care products from South Africa. Exports to certain countries need to be accompanied by a Certificate of Free Sale or a valid certificate, or the product may not be admitted, or cleared by customs at destination.
How does the CTFA issue Certificates of Free Sale?
At the CTFA in the capacity, ex officio, the Executive Director, is duly authorised to sign Certificates of Free Sale for Member Companies attesting Member Company Registration and Membership Validation and the product list being exported. The Member requirement includes a Formal Undertaking and a list of products being exported.
Certificates of Free Sale are endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCI).
Who can apply for a Certificate of Free Sale from the CTFA?
Certificates of Free Sale are available to Association Members.
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For how long is a Certificate of Free Sale valid?
A Certificate of Free Sale has an expiry of one year (12 months). After such time, the Member must reapply.