Certificate of Origin

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (COO) is a crucial document in international trade. It certifies that the goods in an export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a specific country. This document declares the nationality of the product and satisfies customs or trade requirements. For 155 years, it has remained one of the critical services offered by the Chamber. As an exporter, this document serves as a declaration of the origin of your goods.

Reasons for a Certificate of Origin

  • Financial requirements – may be requested by the issuing bank in terms of a documentary L/C (letter of credit)
  • EU-funded overseas projects- sponsored projects may stipulate that goods must be bought from EU member states.
  • Buyer Preference- The buyer may have a preference as to where goods are bought. This will normally be stipulated in the contract.
  • Import Control- The importing country may have specific regulations (health, public order, quota) for certain goods, duties, anti-dumping etc.
  • Customs Requirement- Customs may require evidence of origin prior to clearing goods –sanctions. Also, for evidence on preferential duty rates- Agreements & cases of suspected fraud.

Manual COO Journey

Electronic COO Journey

Smart admin and essCert are our service providers, combining the best electronic solutions to offer the world’s most powerful eCOO certificate solutions. 

ECOO Benefits

  • Online application and registration at no extra cost.
  • Certificates available in minutes rather than days.
  • You can apply and print at your own desk.
  • Reduced costs - save on travel, courier and postage costs.
  • Cheaper than manual application and registration.
  • Increased productivity.

 To take advantage of these platforms, register using the links

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Certificates of Origin process checklist

  • The letter of Authority /Formal Undertaking is submitted.
  • Documents submitted for certification have been signed by the authorised signatory.
  • Correctness in terms of required content has been ensured.
  • Consistency of information in the supporting documents has been confirmed, and it corresponds to the original in every respect.
  • The signature is an original and that signatory is authorised on behalf of the exporter.
  • The documents have been signed in black ink.
  • The name and address of the export is correctly given.
  • The shipping marks are indicated.
  • The description and other details tally with those on the invoice.
  • The invoice price tallies with the certificate.
  • Strength of the signed affidavit and certified document.

Should you need a Certificate of Origin, please contact:

HR/Corporate Services Officer
Rushana Ahmed

Reception Administrator
Asanda Mlanjana 

Administrative Assistant
Kirsty Geldenhuys