A Certificate of Origin—also known as a COO—is a document used in international trade. It is a form, completed by the exporter or its agent and notarized by a Chamber of Commerce, which attests that the goods in a particular export shipment have been wholly produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. The "origin" does not refer to the country where the goods were shipped from but to the country where they were made.
The appropriate government agency responsible for monitoring and assessing duties on imported products in virtually all countries requires a COO to determine what duty or tariff, if any, should be assessed on the product or products being imported. The U.S. has trade agreements with many foreign countries, and under the terms of many of these agreements, American products receive lower tariff rates or are not subject to a tariff. The foreign customs office verifies whether a product qualifies for preferential duty rates based on the information on the Certificate of Origin that accompanies the documentation associated with the shipment. Also, some countries have banned certain products from countries that have been caught dumping. The COO helps prove that the product is allowed into that particular country.
This service is provided at $25 per embossed seal for each form for Chamber Members in good standing. The cost for non-members is $60 per embossed seal for each form.
All certificates will be processed during hours of operation 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.