A Certificate of Origin is a document whose main goal is to identify the origin of goods being exported. It is required by customs as one of the key bases for applying tariff rates by identifying the origin of the goods being exported. ICC’s World Chambers Federation now for the first time has issued a set of Guidelines on the issuance of such documents. A chambers’ role in the issuance and attestation of Certificates of Origin is both unique and vital in facilitating international trade.
International Certificate of Origin Guidelines is the result of 18 months’ work by ICC’s World Chambers Federation, it incorporates the best practice from several national chamber organizations to produce the first international procedure and guidelines manual for chambers involved in the issuance of non-preferential certificates of origin. “I am convinced that harmonization in the field of origin certification will present a most welcome promotion to trade facilitation and will contribute to a more efficient and effective trade environment, both for governments and the trading society”. – Chriticles Mwansa, Director of the Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate.