EU Certificates of Origin

According to the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), around 15 million Certificates of Origin are certified by Chambers globally each year.

The most common is the European Certificate of Origin however, for destinations such as Saudi Arabia require a United Arab Certificate of Origin. To find out whether your shipment requires this document, please speak to a member of our team.

Customs Authorities require this information in order to determine any duty payable and, in certain instances, establish whether the goods may be legally imported into the country at all.  The origin in this case is not the country from which the goods are shipped, but the country where the goods were manufactured.  Failure to have a correctly completed and certified Certificate of Origin may lead to your goods being held up by Customs authorities. 

The majority of important trading countries are parties to the International Convention to the Simplification of Customs Formalities (1923). This means that they agree to accept Certificates of Origin issued by official authorities. These certificates allow customs officials around the globe to establish the reliability of Certificates of Origin using a list of authorised organisations, notified as being of recognised standing.

Certificates of Origin are issued in the UK and throughout the European Union, in accordance with EC regulations. These regulations also set out criteria for determination of origin.  In the UK, the administration of Certificate of Origin is delegated to particular issuing bodies by the Government to the British Chambers of Commerce. They are responsible for the issuing of the certificates and all necessary forms, subject to a small fee.

Making an application

You will receive a set of three sheets, containing the original Certificate of Origin as well as a copy Certificate of Origin and an application form. These will have been serially numbered and are to be used for all countries (unless an overseas country’s regulations state otherwise).

These certificates must then be accompanied by commercial invoices. If your goods have not been manufactured in the UK, a documentary proof of origin must also be submitted.

Your certificate of origin application must be signed by any authorised official/agent, such as the proprietor, a director or a partner. Samples of these signatures will be requested and checked before being authorised. 

All three sheets will then need to be submitted to the issuing body. You must ensure all subsequent supporting documentation is consistent with information supplied on the certificate of origin.

For your convenience, Certificates of Origin can be obtained from the organisations below.

  • Channel Islands
  • East of EnglandEU Certificates of Origin
  • East Midlands
  • Isle of Man
  • London
  • North East
  • North West
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • South West
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • Turkish ­British Chamber of Commerce and Industry

If you require help with completing EU certificates of origin or any other shipping documentation, please visit our website or get in contact at

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