The Certificate of Origin (CO) is required by some countries for all or only certain products. In many cases, a statement of origin printed on company letterhead will suffice. The exporter should verify whether a CO is required with the buyer and/or an experienced shipper/freight forwarder or the Trade Information Center.
Note: Some countries (i.e., numerous Middle Eastern countries) require that certificate of origin be notarized, certified by local chamber of commerce and legalized by the commercial section of the consulate of the destination country. For certain Middle Eastern countries, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce may also provide such services.
For textile products, an importing country may require a certificate of origin issued by the manufacturer. The number of required copies and language may vary from country to country.
Certificate of Origin for claiming benefits under Free Trade Agreements
Special certificates may be required for countries with which the United States has free trade agreements (FTAs).Watch our FTA webinar for more information. Some certificate of origin including those required by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the FTAs with Israel and Jordan, are prepared by the exporter. Others including those required by the FTAs with Australia; the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) countries; Chile; and Morocco; are the importer’s responsibility). Click on a specific country below to learn details on how to document origin.
- Australia (CO samples)
- Bahrain (importer to check with Govt. of Bahrain on format/information)
- CAFTA-DR (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras CO sample)
- Chile (CO sample)
- Israel (CO sample Note: The green form needs to be purchased from Vendor or US-Israel Chamber of Commerce or a publishing house.)
- Jordan (notarized generic certificate of origin required)
- Morocco (importer makes a claim on the basis of supporting evidence)
- NAFTA (CO sample and relevant videos)
- Singapore (No certificate of origin is required. However, the importer is required to produce the necessary permits together with an invoice, at the time of cargo clearance.)
- Peru (There is no prescribed format. However, specific information is required. See implementing instructions and sample certification guidance for Peru.
- Korea (There is no prescribed format. However, specific information is required. See documenting origin guidance and required data elements for certification for Korea.
Certificate of Origin for goods not manufactured in the United States
Certificates of origin for goods not manufactured in the United States can be obtained from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce uses EZCertOrigin™, a service provided by ICS Consulting, LLC, to process all requests submitted for certificates of origin (both U.S. and non-U.S.). Exporters can visit EZCertOrigin or call 1-888-885-6650 to obtain the forms required by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and detailed instructions on how to fill out the forms. The fee for each certificate is $40.00 for U.S. Chamber members. The fee for each certificate is $150.00 for non-U.S. Chamber of Commerce members. It costs $5.00 per copy for certified copies of certificates.
USCIB is now issuing electronic Certificates of Origin (eCOs). USCIB’s eCOs save time and money, bypassing the delay and expense of employing messengers to obtain certification. After a few simple steps, and certification by USICB, eCOS can be printed from any computer. We are a trusted name in the United States, and well known among customs administrations around the world. USCIB has over four decades’ experience in export documentation.