Arab Certificates of Origin

These Certificates are normally required for shipments to any of the following Arab League Nations:

Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania,Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Some importers in these territories have special arrangements with their own customs authorities whereby UK Certificates can be used instead of the Arab. Double check with your customer which type they would prefer but as a safety net, ensure that you receive their reply in writing.

Please note that if your customer is asking for an Arab Certificate, this will mean that the document MUST be legalised by the relevant Embassy which will incur extra charges and take longer to process – call our office for an up to date cost for this as required. Please allow up to 3-4 weeks for the return of your legalised documents.

Due to the cost of these documents, we will return them to you by Special Delivery at a cost of £8+VAT, or you can collect them – this is simply to avoid the risk of loss n the post. (NOT OFFERED AT PRESENT DUE TO COVID-19 - BUT PICK UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE IF YOU LET US KNOW).

As with the UK Certificates, you will need to include back up documents to assist us in processing the document.

Norfolk Chamber can begin the legalisation process for you. The processing fees are set by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and relative Embassy.

What do I need to send to the Chamber with my Certificate of Origin?

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (if the Gross Weight is not shown on your Invoice)
  • Full Names and Addresses of the manufacturers should be shown on the
    front of each page.

Please note that if any of the goods were manufactured overseas, we require documentary proof of this, by way of a commercial document (for each item) such as the Foreign CofO or Invoice from the manufacturer.

How do I apply for my Certificate of Origin to be certified?
There are several ways to send your documents to us:

The most popular form of applying is through our fully electronic system. For Arab Certificates that require legalisation, you can apply through e-zCert using the Standard option. This means that we receive your application and print it here in our office. You  will need to send in your originally signed back up documents to us by post because the Embassies will only work against an original.  We will then send the checked and stamped documents off for completion.

By Post
You complete the 3-part Arab Certificate and send it in to us with the above listed back up documents.  We will then send the checked and stamped documents off for completion.

If you prefer, we can type or prep the Certificate for you, on your behalf. We will require the back up documents listed above which can in the first instance, be sent by email, in order for us to have all the required information.  Once we receive your originally signed Invoice by post, we will then send the checked and stamped documents off for completion.
Please email the initial documents to:

If you need help to complete the Certificate, please take a look at our How to Guides


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