Certificate of Origin

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber offers two options for processing Certificate of Origin stamps for exporters shipping products out of the country.

Option #1: Electronic processing (fee based for members and nonmembers) 
Now available via a partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce. Once you are registered as a user, documents submitted by 8pm will be processed the same day.

Cost: $17 per document for members, $50 per document for nonmembers (price inclusive for multi-page documents)

New Users: Fill out this registration form and email back to info@nnchamber.com.
Registered Users: Login here to process your documents.

Once processed, the authenticity of each document can be verified by customs worldwide through the International Chamber of Commerce Accreditation Chain. For full document verification, visit certificateoforigin.com.
Option #2: Physical stamp - by appointment only (free for members)
Original documents may be dropped off at the chamber office (Staples Connect - 163 Highland Ave, Needham) for processing. For this option, you are responsible for understanding the specific documentation requirements for the destination country of your shipment, as these rules may vary. The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is merely able to provide an authentication for your certificate.

Cost: free for members, $50 per stamp for nonmembers

Please contact Katherine (kherer@nnchamber.com) for more information or to arrange for this service. 

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.

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.


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