Certificates of Origin

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 have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. It is also a declaration by the exporter.

There are two major types of COs:

  • Non-preferential COs are issued for goods which will not enjoy any preferential treatment.
  • Preferential COs are issued in the context of preferential trade agreements and enable exporters to benefit from tariff exemption or reduction for eligible exports. 

COs may be requested by Customs administrations, importers, freight forwarders or banks for clearance letters of credit.

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce provide online (electronic stamping) Certificate of Origin services to speed up application and issuance processes as well as provide a more secure documentation environment. Electronic CO systems allow the Chamber to utilise security features such as online verification of authenticity and optical watermarking technology.

The issuance of electronic COs allows exporters to apply and receive approval automatically, saving travel and wait times and minimising courier and dispatch costs.

The Chamber can also authorise Certificates or Origin by Hard Stamp.

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce offers its members discounted export service rates.

Please contact certificates@waikatochamber.co.nz.