What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin is a document used in international trade that identifies the origin country of the goods being exported. It is a mandatory document required by various country customs. A Certificate of Origin is issued by a Chamber of Commerce when a shipper attests that the goods have been wholly produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.

There are two types of Certificate of Origins:

Non-Preferential – This is the main type of Certificate of Origin and it certifies that there is no preferential treatment applicable based on the goods’ country of origin. Another name for this type of certificate is Ordinary Certificate of Origin.

Preferential – This type of Certificate of Origin is for exporting to countries that extend privileges (reduced tariffs or exemptions) for goods from specific countries. This may be needed for custom’s requirements, a buyer’s request, or Letters of Credit.

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