Export Documentation

Most Common Export Certificates

Get to know the Certificate of Origin, Certificate of Free Sale what they are and where to get them.

Standard Certificate Requirements for Successful Export

Depending on the country of export you will need any combination of the following or other unspecified documents:

  1. Commercial Invoice
  2. Packing List
  3. Bill of Lading
  4. Certificate of Origin
  5. Certificate of Export
  6. Insurance Certificate

Certificate of Origin

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.

Certificate of Free Sale

What is a Certificate of Free Sale?

The certificate of free sale is evidence that goods, such as food items, cosmetics, biologics, or medical devices are legally sold or distributed in the open market, freely without restriction, and approved by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin (United States).

When exporting, the destination country typically basically want's to know that your product is safe for consumption, and want to verify that your product is successful in the country of origin before accepting it for import.


Where do I get a Certificate of Free Sale?

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

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