What is a certificate of origin?

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.

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How do I find out if I need one?

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.

What are the different types?

There are two types of certificate of origin that can be used:

Non-preferential

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.

Preferential

This means the goods are subject to reduced tariffs, taxes or exemptions when exported to certain countries.

Where do I get one?

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.

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