ⓘ International Certificate of Origin Guidelines. The International Certificate of Origin Guidelines is a set of global guidelines on the issuance of Certificates ..


ⓘ International Certificate of Origin Guidelines

The International Certificate of Origin Guidelines is a set of global guidelines on the issuance of Certificates of Origin published by the International Chamber of Commerce, in Paris, France, in late 2019 "which aims to provide chambers of commerce and exporters with updates on new processes, including digitalisation of the CO process". The ICC represents more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries These Guidelines cover Certificates of Origin as used in international trade, as opposed to any other purpose.


1. Certificates of Origin

Certificates of Origin are a document utilized in international trade to identify the country of origin of products exported from one country to another. The requirement for, and the nature of information required in, a Certificate of Origin is established by the Kyoto Convention, whose latest revision went into force on February 3, 2006 As of 23 September 2019, there were 120 countries as contracting parties to the revised Kyoto Convention, including major exporting and importing countries such as the United States as of 06 December 2005, Japan as of 26 June 2011, United Kingdom 30 April 2004 China PRC as of 15 June 2000, United Arab Emirates 15 June 2011, Saudi Arabia as of 27 April 2011, Russia as of 02 February 2011, Qatar as of 13 July 2009, Netherlands as of 30 April 2004, Egypt as of 08 January 2008 and numerous others. In most countries, Chambers of Commerce are the trusted third party through which millions of Certificates of Origin are issued around the world.

There are two types of Certificates of Origin - Preferential and Non-Preferential. Preferential Certificates of Origin relate to exports which fall under trade preference agreements between countries or groups of countries, which have special reduced or zero rates of duty on trade between the nations. Non-Preferential Certificates of Origin related to trade where a preference agreement is not in place between the relevant trading countries.


2. ICC and International Trade Guidelines

The International Chamber of Commerce ICC publishes the International Certificate of Origin Guidelines as its Publication no. 809E. The publication, along with other rules of international trade published by the ICC such as the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits ICC Publication 600, Incoterms 2020 ICC Publication 723 and numerous other ICC publications, form part of the structural backbone to international trade procedures around the world. One of the most well-known activities of the ICC is its International Court of Arbitration in Paris, which has resolved disputes in international trade and investment since 1923.

The ICC maintains an online Certificate of Origin verification site at which Customs Authorities and other interested parties can verify the authenticity of Certificates of Origin. At the ICC verification site, Certificates of Origin issued in Countries and the Chambers accredited under the ICC CO accreditation program can be reviewed. As well, the site maintains a list of currently participating countries and their CO accredited chambers.

In the Forward to the International Certificate of Origin Guidelines, Mette Werdelin Azzam, World Customs Organization WCO Senior Technical Officer Origin writes recognizes the importance of harmonization of procedures used for the issuance of Certificates of Origin by Chambers of Commerce worldwide"


3. Topics covered in International Certificate of Origin Guidelines ICC Publication 809e

To process Certificates of Origin properly, avoid legal liabilities relating to errors or fraud, and assure a minimum of problems for exporters and importers with Customs authorities and foreign embassies, Chambers that are Accredited by the ICC issue Certificates of Origin against this complex set of guidelines with trained professional staff. The guidelines in ICC Publication 809e remind Chambers that they ".must constantly renew themselves while adhering to the most stringent international standards so that they can act as competent trusted third parties, and key players in the promotion and facilitation of world trade."

International Certificate of Origin Guidelines ICC Publication 809e has the following chapters: