You can be a True Source Certified Processor/Exporter if you are a company located outside the United States, operating within an approved country, that operates a Bulk Plant/Factory handling honey only from your country of operation.


1. Maintain a system of traceability:

Clearly identify all shipments of honey that arrive to or are shipped from the plant.

Maintain the identity of individual lots of raw honey from specific suppliers as honey is processed to create product for export, retail, wholesale or bulk ingredient market.


2. Provide required documentation to the Importer or Packer for every shipment of raw honey:

All documents must identify loads using the True Source ID Number for High and Medium risk countries as well as for all Fully Compliant loads. (minimally compliant loads do not require the use of the True Source ID Number).

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  1. Ocean Bill of Lading: Shipper must be the processor/exporter, Importer must be Consignee or Notify party, Consignee or Notify Party must be the same as the seller to the Packer, True Souce IDNumber, Exporter Lot Number etc.
  2. Lab report: of Pollen-geographical origin of honey (shipments from India and Vietnam only).
  3. Country specific documents:
    India: Export Inspection Consul Certificate for inspection
    Vietnam: Certificate of origin form B

3. Clearly label all individual drums:

Each drum sold to an Importer or Packer must include the name and address of the Processor/Exporter, Exporter Lot Number/s and for fully compliant loads, the True Source Certified ID Number.


4. Apply a True Source Certified tamper evident seal to ocean container loads:

Each fully compliant load must have a True Source Certified tamper evident seal applied to the ocean container. The seal will be supplied by the 3rd Party Audit Firm and assigned to the Processor/Exporter.


5. Successfully Complete Audit by 3rd Party Audit Firm:

Facility Audit: Verification of traceability system and documentation requirements for purchased loads. Verification of kgs purchased against kgs sold

Sample Collection: The audit firm will collect random samples of honey inventory to compare against stated origin (pollen).

Suppliers (beekeepers) will be selected at random to participate in phone and field audits to confirm stated volumes of trade.


When you are ready to become a True Source Certified Processor/Exporter, please contact Danielle Chester at [email protected] or +1-702-219-4171 to get the process audit and certification process started.


6. Remit Membership Fee to True Source Honey.

Upon Completion of the NSF Audit and Certification Process, True Source Honey charges yearly dues for Membership based on export volume, the most current True Source Honey Exporter Fee Schedule table is found below: