Freight Forwarder

A freight forwarder is a person who receives prescription drugs which are owned by another person and designated by that person for export, and exports those prescription drugs.

Important Licensing Exemption:  Part I of Chapter 499, Florida Statutes does not apply to common carriers engaged in interstate commerce in the usual course of business as common carriers.  For example, no permit under Part I of Chapter 499, Florida Statutes would be required for a marine non-vessel-operating common carrier, at the direction of its customer, arranging shipborne export of a customer’s prescription drugs, in the ordinary course of business.


Application: Businesses seeking this permit must complete the Department’s application.  Mail or deliver the application and all required attachments to:

Inspection: Passing an onsite inspection is a prerequisite to issuance of this permit.

License Term: Freight Forwarder permits are valid through the last day of the initial issuance month in the second year of licensure.  Example:  A permit issued on September 12, 2011 would be valid through September 30, 2013.

Fee: The application and permitting fee is $600 for a two-year permit, plus a one-time pre-permit inspection fee of $150. Make checks payable to DBPR. The inspection fee applies only to new permits.

Form Assistance

If you have any questions or need assistance completing these forms, please call the Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Program at (850) 717-1800.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1047

Telephone: 850.717.1800