Certificate of Origin

A Certificate of Origin (CO) may be required by a foreign country because of established Treaty arrangements, varying duty rates, and preferential duty treatment dependent on the shipment´s origin.

The CO verifies the country in which the goods were manufactured. The commodity being exported and its destination determine if the CO is required. Some nations restrict imports from certain countries. Many countries limit the quantity of goods that are allowed to be imported, or give preference to goods manufactured in the U.S. Your international shipping firm or customs broker can determine if your shipment will require a CO.

A Certificate of Origin requires the authorized signature of the local Chamber of Commerce designated representative and the seal of that organization. Countries require forms to be notarized as well.

Procedure

Companies requesting COs must submit a letter to the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce with a list of authorized company representatives allowed to make CO requests on behalf of the company. The letter must be signed by a senior level corporate representative.

Individuals requesting a Certificate of Origin must provide the Elgin Area Chamber with a completed CO. Individuals must also be on the list of authorized company representatives on file with the Chamber and must present a valid photo ID. The descriptions and amounts on the CO form must be consistent with those entered on shipping invoice or receipt. Please call ahead or email to make an appointment with one of the Chamber representatives authorized to issue Certificates of Origin. Certificates will be issued at the Chamber office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Certificate of Origin Fee

This service is for Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce members only and is included with your membership. If you would like to see if your company is a member or call for more information, please contact the Chamber at (847) 741-5663 or email or visit our Business Directory.

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