Also known as a CO, it's an official document that states where a product was produced, manufactured or processed. It’s usually required by a country’s customs authority as part of the clearance process when importing. It’s also used to assess the rates of duty or tax. Find out how to check if you need one and learn about the the different types you can use.
Check on your chamber of commerce’s website. If you do, you can usually apply online but make sure you’re registered with the chamber of commerce beforehand.
Certain countries may also require a stamp from an embassy. So it’s important to check if you need this in advance as it could take time.
There are two types of certificate of origin that can be used:
This means the goods don’t qualify for any special treatment in the country they’re from. It’s only used to state the origin of your goods.
This means the goods are subject to reduced tariffs, taxes or exemptions when exported to certain countries.
You can buy and complete the certificate of origin online or purchase it from your chamber of commerce. Make sure the information is clear and accurate.
Once you’ve received the certificate, keep it with your other documents for safekeeping.