Why Apply for AWTCC’s Online Certificates of Origin?
AWTCC is America’s recognized expert on origin certification. We are the only U.S. chamber accredited by the International Chamber of Commerce for CO issuance. Customs officers around the globe often refer US exporters to AWTCC, as we provide electronic verification of our certificates to customs authorities.
All AWTCC staff is certified by the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation in training of the International Certificate of Origin Guidelines.
Ensures compliance with rules, regulations, and international industry best practices.
Helps achieve objectives in terms of quality, cost, scheduling, performance by reducing shipment delays due to incomplete documentation and saving on couriers, travel, postage, parking fees.
What is a Certificate of Origin?
A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. COs also constitute a declaration by the exporter.
Millions of COs are issued every year, facilitating trade around the world. Since as early as 1898, Chambers of commerce have been issuing non-preferential COs and more recently, closely working with Customs authorities, issuing preferential COs.
The 1923 Geneva Convention and subsequent Kyoto Convention have seen governments formally recognize the important role chambers play in this domain, deeming them competent authorities and credible trusted third-parties in the issuance of COs.
Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining the duty that will be applied to the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.
In addition, COs may be needed to comply with letters of credit, foreign customs requirements or a buyer’s request.
- International Trade Administration
- Export.gov is managed by the International Trade Administration in collaboration with other U.S. government agencies.
- The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States.
- Customs authorities, banks, traders, freight forwarders and others who need to verify the authenticity of a Certificate of Origin certified by a participating Chamber of Commerce may utilize the verification tool on this site.