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.
The fee for a Certificate of Origin ranges from $129 for non-members to $49 for members. To purchase go to the shopping cart. members must log in to get the discounted price.
Most chambers of commerce, including the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce have been authorized by their customs agencies to certify non-preferential, and in some cases, preferential certificates of origin. A chambers' role in the issuance and attestation of Certificates of Origin is both unique and vital in facilitating international trade. Each CO must be stamped with the official CO seal of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce issues "Non-Preferential CO's," i.e. “ordinary COs,” which certify that the country of origin of a particular product does not qualify for any preferential treatment.
The CO may be required because of established treaty arrangements, varying duty rates, and preferential duty treatment dependent on the shipment´s origin.
Obtaining a Certificate of Origin
1. Fill out an appropriate affidavit and have it notarized.
2. Provide either a manufacture invoice or commercial invoice indicating where your goods are manufactured.
3. Complete the certificate of origin document.
4. Take your notarized affidavit, certificate of origin document, and corresponding invoices to your chamber of commerce. Our Chambers allow you to email these documents. If you email the documents, indicate which documents you would like to be stamped.
Chambers usually charge a fee for stamping certificates of origin—however, if you’re a member, that fee may be waived or reduced. This is an incentive of becoming a member.
Important Notes on Working with a Chamber
1. The chamber can’t know if the information you’re providing is accurate.
Chambers certify only that which they are able to verify. Certification guarantees the accuracy or truth of information contained in the document and is expressed by using the word 'certified.' Certification may be given for the whole document or may be limited to the position and identity of the Signatory. If the Chamber is presented with a declaration attesting to commercial details, the accuracy of which it cannot check it must confine itself to stamping the document attesting to the position and the identity of the signatory.
2. You can’t stamp the document yourself.
Exporters may find the cost of stamping a certificate of origin extreme and want to do it themselves with a seal provided by a chamber of commerce. This is wrong, because it isn’t a true validation—chambers who do this may lose their ability to provide certification. Chambers that provide their seal directly to exporters or their agents are exposing themselves to liability by providing their seal without examining the documents and going through the check list. In some cases where Chambers have given their seal there have been cases involving the fraudulent issue of certificates or the forging of certifications.
Note:The rules for when a CO is needed change often. Please be sure to verify the current criteria requiring a CO before sending your shipment.