Once you have applied, you will receive an application ID. Please use it for all communications and payment identification.
The application process takes an average of two weeks, and is only completed once you have submitted all required documents and we have received your application fee payment. If you need an invoice for the application fee, please let us know.
Find out what Fairtrade certification costs for your organisation with our Cost Calculator.
Upon successful completion of your application process we schedule an initial audit or grant a temporary "Permission to Trade" if you are a trader.
After receiving the initial audit the certification process timelines are explained in the Certification SOP you’ll find below.
You can only trade your product as "Fairtrade" if you have a valid "Permission to Trade" or hold a valid "Fairtrade Certificate". However, you can sell products as Fairtrade if they are still in your ownership or harvested 12 months prior to receiving a valid "Permission to Trade" or "Fairtrade Certificate".
If you would like to use the Fairtrade Mark on your product, please contact the Fairtrade National Organisation active in your country or Fairtrade International at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Fairtrade, the entire trade chain (producers, importers, exporters and brand owners) must be Fairtrade certified. Individual small producers are not eligible for Fairtrade certification; they must be members of a Small Producer Organization (SPO). As a certified SPO, you are allowed to export your production directly to an importer, but if an SPO wants to export for other certified organisations 15% of the total invoice will be included in the Certification Fee.
Our Fairtrade certification standard operating procedures