European Community Certificate of Origin
An EC Certificate of Origin 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.
Certificates of Origin also constitute a declaration by the exporter. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.
The buyers (importers) usually require a Certificate of Origin to:
- Meet customs requirements in the importing state
- Meet ‘quota’ requirements imposed by the importing country
- Comply with banking requirements
- For other official and commercial reasons
In the UK, the officially designated authorities for the issue of Certificates of Origin are Chambers of Commerce. The service is available to all businesses in the UK.