A certificate of origin (CO) is a document that specifies the country in which a commodity or good was produced. The product, its destination, and the country of export are all listed on the certificate of origin. A product may be labeled “Made in the USA” or “Made in China,” for example.
The CO is a critical form since it helps customs officials evaluate whether particular goods are allowed for import or whether they are subject to duties. It is required by numerous treaty agreements for cross-border trade, also referred to as Free Trade Agreements.
The CO is frequently mandated by importing countries and included in trade agreements since it is used to assess the appropriate import tax, if one is applicable.
A CO can be printed or stored electronically, and it must be approved by the appropriate chamber of commerce or customs body at origin.