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What is a Certificate of Origin?

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.

Why do I need a Certificate of Origin?

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.



Mailing or sending couriers to get your Certificates of Origin stamped is both inefficient an costly. essCert, is the efficient way to process COO's via an online portal, and saves you money.

That's why the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce has adopted the next generation essCert technology as our standard to process your Certificates of Origin. With essCert, Exporters and Freight Forwarders now have a secure, seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Eliminate your paper-based processing of COO's and start saving time and money today!

Key Features and Benefits of essCert

  • Apply and Print at your desk
  • Online form looks like Paper Application
  • Select or add new Consignors, Consignees & Goods description within the Application Form
  • Engineered to reduce ensure compliance errors
  • Save on time, couriers, travel, postage, and parking.
  • Returend as PDF with Chamber Stamp digitally affixed.


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.

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