Certificate of Origin
Certificate of Origin (often abbreviated to C/O
or COO) is a document used in international trade.
It is a printed form, completed by the exporter
or its agent and certified by an issuing body,
attesting that the goods in a particular export
shipment have been wholly produced, manufactured
or processed in a particular country.
A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document which
is used for certification that the products exported
are wholly obtained, produced or manufactured
in a particular Country. It is generally an integral
part of export documents.
ˇ§originˇ¨ does not refer to the country where
the goods were shipped from but to the country
where they were made. In the event the products
were manufactured in two or more countries, origin
is obtained in the country where the last substantial
economically justified working or processing is
carried out. An often used practice is that if
more than 50% of the cost of producing the goods
originates from one country, the "national
content" is more than 50%, then, that country
is acceptable as the country of origin.
countries unite in trading agreements, they may
allow Certificate of Origin to state the trading
bloc, for example, the European Union (EU) as
origin, rather than the specific country. Determining
the origin of a product is important because it
is a key basis for applying tariff and other important
criteria. However, not all exporters need a certificate
of origin, this will depend on the destination
of the goods, their nature, and it can also depend
on the financial institution involved in the export
of Origin Issuing Bodies
certificate of origin must be signed by the exporter,
and, for many countries, also validated by a Chamber
of Commerce, and in the case of certain destination
countries, also by a consulate. Chambers of Commerce
offer certificate of origin services, amongst
other organizations. Companies may consult the
Chamber Directory on the World Chambers Network,
the official global portal of Chambers of Commerce
dedicated to electronic international trade, to
find their nearest chamber who may offer this
of Origin - What it's about?
Certificate of Origin verifies the
country in which the product was
The product being exported and its
destination country determine if
the Certificate of Origin is required.
Some countries restrict imports
from certain countries, many countries
limit the quantity of goods that
are allowed to be imported, and
some countries give preference to
goods manufactured in a certain
If your product qualifies as having
originated in North America, use
the NAFTA Certificate of Orgin for
shipments to Canada and Mexico.
For more information on determining
NAFTA Rules of Origin, go NAFTA's
To determine if your shipment requires
a Certificate of Origin, we suggest
you use the Find International Documents
tool on FedExR Global Trade Manager
website or call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339
and say "international services."
FedEx can prepare your Certificate
of Origin for a fee.
required on it?
your shipment requires a Certificate
of Origin, one original is required.
The descriptions and amounts on
the Certificate of Origin must be
consistent with those entered on
the Commercial Invoice. Most countries
accept a generic Certificate of
Origin form that includes the following
1.The shipper's name and address.
recipientˇ¦s name and address.
3.The productˇ¦s parts or serial
4.The number of packages, boxes
or crates in the shipment.
5.The gross and net weight of the
6.A complete and accurate description
of the contents of the shipment.
7.The country of origin of the contents
of the shipment.
8.The completed Certificate of Origin
must be validated and notarized
by a local chamber of commerce.