European Certificates of Origin

European or EC Certificates of Origin will be requested by your customer for the use of Customs Clearance, payment against Letters of Credit or simply to meet  “quota requirements” of the importing country.

Please note that a Certificate of Origin acts as proof of where the goods were originally manufactured.  In order to authorise your Certificate, we will need details of who the manufacturer of each item is, and where necessary, we will ask for documentary proof.

Your customer may also ask for your Commercial Invoice, Packing List or other document to be stamped – this is not a problem, we simply ask you to ensure that the document bears an original signature which matches the Signatory Sheet lodged with us. Please ensure that you tell us if the document requires authentication otherwise we will simply use this as back-up.

Norfolk Chamber can only certify Certificates that bear their name – we hold stocks of blank Certificates for you to purchase in Packs of 10. Please see our Export Documentation Rates for current prices. Members are entitled to 50% Discount on our standard rates for blank forms and for processing your Certificate of Origin.

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
    back of the Pink 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:

e-zCert
The most popular form of applying is through our fully electronic system where you can obtain your certified documents during the same day – sometimes within minutes!  Almost 80% of the documents we process reach us through this system. This is deemed the cheapest and safest method of sending and receiving your documents as you do not need to rely on the post or couriers because you can print it out from the comfort of your own office. Click here for further details.

By Post
You complete the 3-part Norfolk Chamber Certificate and send it in to us with the above listed back up documents.  We will then check and certify the Certificate and return it to you by first class post – you can also collect it if you prefer.

While you Wait
You complete the 3-part Norfolk Chamber Certificate and bring it in to our office in Norwich with the above listed back up documents.  We will stop what we are doing and complete the process while you wait. Please note that this service is only available between 9.30am and 3.30pm every weekday.

Prep
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 be sent by email, in order for us to have all the required information.  We will then complete the process by certifying the Certificate which will then be ready to post to you or you can collect. Please email the necessary documents to: export@norfolkchamber.co.uk

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

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