Certificate of Origin

Certificate of origin

A certificate of origin is a document, required by the foreign government, declaring that goods in a particular international shipment are of a certain origin. While the commercial invoice usually includes a statement of origin, many countries require completion of a separate certificate. Customs offices use this document to determine whether or not a preferential duty rate applies on the products being imported. The International Business Development Program offers assistance with this and other requirements of international transactions.

Certificate of origin policy

The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce revised its policy on issuance of Certificates of Origin. This policy went into full effect on May 15, 2003.

The changes are as follows:

  1. The Certificate of Origin must be filled out completely and notarized before being presented to the Chamber.
  2. An indemnification certificate signed by a company officer must be on file in the Chamber before a Certificate of Origin is issued. This will be updated annually or when there is a change of signatory officer.
  3. Certificates will be authorized at our Advance Department at 2701 Larsen Road by either Fred Monique of our international program.
  4. Existing fees will be revised to $10 per certificate for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. For bulk users, an annual fee of $250 for Chamber members and $500 for non-members is available.

Please take time to fill out and return the enclosed indemnification agreement and return it at your earliest convenience. Also, forward this information to others in your organization that may be affected by the new policy.

Please adhere to the following steps to ensure timely processing of your Certificate of Origin:

  1. Make sure you are filling out the proper Certificate of Origin for the country to which you are exporting. (The Chamber will maintain a small quantity of each of the seven different certificates that can be obtained for a $1.00 each fee).
  2. Make sure you fill out the Certificate completely and accurately. Be sure you do not sign in the space provided for the Notary or the Chamber.
  3. Make sure that the product information listed is verbatim to what is on the invoice. Do not leave off product numbers, quantities or descriptions.
  4. Do not alter the Certificate in any way.
  5. Have the Certificate notarized before having the Chamber sign it.
  6. Do not wait until the day of your shipment to bring in your Certificate.
  7. If you are unsure about some aspect of your Certificate, don’t guess. Please call ahead and we will try to help you.

For more information, contact 920.496.9010.