Export Documentation

Certificate of Origin

A Certificate of Origin (often abbreviated to CO or COO), is an international trade document attesting to the origin of specified goods. The "origin" does not refer to the country where the goods were shipped from but to the country where they were produced.

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (often abbreviated to CO or COO), is an international trade document attesting to the origin of specified goods. The "origin" does not refer to the country where the goods were shipped from but to the country where they were produced.


Where do I get a Certificate of Origin?

In order to obtain a certificate of origin, you will need to get in touch with your local chamber of commerce, US Commercial Services or get in touch with us.


When is a Certificate of Origin required?

Most importing countries require a COO to clear the goods through customs. Without it, you run the risk of your shipment being delayed.


Are there multiple types of Certificate of Origin?

Depending on the destination you could require different type of certificate of origin. For example NAFTA and Isreael require a COO in a specific format. There's no singular resource that can tell you which format is reqired. If you are in doubt, get in touch with us so we can guide you in the right direction.


More on the NAFTA Certificafe of Origin...

The NAFTA Certificate of Origin is used by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to determine if imported goods are eligible to receive reduced or eliminated duty as specified by the NAFTA.

For purposes of obtaining preferential tariff treatment, this document must be completed legibly and in full by the exporter and be in the possession of the importer at the time the declaration is made. This document may also be completed voluntarily by the producer for use by the exporter.

This particular CO is very different and requires a lot of additional details that the standard CO does not include.

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