Global Trade Chamber

Certificates of Origin

Create, submit, and print electronically certified documents right at your own desk.
Electronic Certificates of Origin provide easier and faster Customs clearance and productivity gains for companies.
The Global Trade Chamber of Commerce, through a partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, offers electronically chamber stamped Certificate of Origin and export related documents.

Ensure your process is compliant and future proof by enabling document verification. The authenticity of each
document can be verified by customs worldwide through the International Chamber of Commerce Accreditation Chain at For full document verification visit

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a particular country. COs also constitute a declaration by the exporter.

Millions of COs are issued every year, facilitating trade around the world. Since as early as 1898, Chambers of
commerce have been issuing non-preferential COs. The 1923 Geneva Convention and subsequent Kyoto Convention have seen governments formally recognize the important role chambers play in this domain, deeming them competent authorities and credible trusted third-
parties in the issuance of COs.

Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining the duty that will be applied to the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. In addition, COs may be needed to comply with letters of credit, foreign customs requirements, or a buyer’s request.

Beyond the CO—Legalization

Certain countries, primarily those that are non signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, require commercial documents tobe legalized by the country’s US Embassy or Consulate. Depending on invoice value, embassy fees can run into thousands of dollars in some countries, so exporters must be aware of theserequirements.

The most common countries requiring embassy or consulate legalization include: Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain,
Bolivia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Paraguay, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar,
Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
Our chamber, in partnership with AWTCC, offers this service to system users. Each document is quoted on an
individual basis prior to processing. Simply request legalization service with application.

The following is a statement issued by the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers  Federation regarding electronic Certificates of Origin. This may provide some talking points for you as  you discuss the transition with your members. 

The benefits of eCO acceptance: Chambers of Commerce issue millions of CO per year. To keep pace  with the rapid shift to e-Business and improve efficiency in serving the business community, providing  eCO is a top priority for Chambers. With increasing concerns on fraud and the need to improve the  security of the supply chain security, many Chambers already provide online CO services to provide a secure trading environment, but also to save time, costs and increase transparency. In addition to  speeding up application and issue processes, eCO also helps Chambers to reinforce the integrity of COs.  This is possible because eCO systems are able to include security features such as online eCO  authenticity verification, optical watermarking technology to distinguish between original and copies of  COs issued, digital rubber stamps of the Chamber and signatures of authorized officials, microprint to  deter unauthorized re-production of the CO, 2-D barcode to ensure data integrity, PKI technology to  ensure data security and authenticity and printer control language is used to control the printing of only  one original CO. eCOs have been welcomed by the business community as they speed up customs  clearance and expedite clearance of letters of credit by banks. 

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