The Chemung County of Commerce, through a partnership with essCert and the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce (AWTCC), offers electronic Certificate of Origin and stamped shipping documents. The Chamber is proud to offer this benefit to the business community in order to assist in the facilitation of companies doing business internationally. Create, submit, and print electronically certified documents conveniently from your own desk.
The standard fee is $20 per document for Chemung Chamber members, and $50 for non-members.
Exporters and freight forwarders must register to access the Certificate of Origin program through a dedicated Chemung Chamber Web Portal. Once the registration form is received, login credentials will be provided by the Chemung Chamber. Documents will bear the seal of AWTCC, which is registered with customs authorities worldwide.
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.
Why is an electronic Certificate of Origin better for my business?
Mailing or sending couriers to get your Certificates of Origin stamped is both inefficient and costly. With an electronic Certificate of Origin, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Electronic Certificates of Origin:
- Improve turnaround time to better meet tight deadlines
- Reduce errors to lessen the chance of a hold up in customs
- Eliminate courier costs and wait time
- Reduce administration costs
- Allow you to receive up-to-the-minute information on the status of your submission
- Allow customers to verify certificate at www.certificates.iccwbo.org
Eliminate your paper-based processing of Certificates and start saving time and money today!