Certificate of Origin
A Certificate of Origin (COO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. It is also a declaration by the exporter. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. The 1923 Geneva Convention named Chambers of Commerce the official body to issue, sign and stamp Certificates of Origin worldwide.
The essCert service is world-wide, recognized and accepted by more than 200 countries. More than 28,000 exporters and freight forwarders use the service, including big name companies like Ford, Google, Coca-Cola, and DHL.
The essCert program is cloud-based, meaning you do not have to download and install software. Simply log on to the website essCert.com and upload the documents. The Chamber will review the certificate and electronically stamp and sign them. When it is approved, you can print out the stamped documents at your leisure.
The fees have been updated for providing additional services regarding the certificates of origin. Fees will be processed per transaction and collected via credit card on the essCert website.
Member price: $15
Certificate of Origin Guidelines
- Companies requesting a Certificate of Origin must submit a formal letter to the Tulsa Regional Chamber with a list of authorized company representatives allowed to make Certificate of Origin requests on behalf of the company. The letter must be signed by a senior level corporate representative.
- An Affidavit of Origin Indemnification Agreement, signed by a company officer, must be submitted by all businesses that utilize our services and placed on file with the Tulsa Regional Chamber. This form will be kept current and updated bi-annually or when there is a change of signatory officer. The letter and indemnification agreement can be mailed to the Chamber at 1 West 3rd St., Suite 100, Tulsa, OK 74103, or emailed back to Robin Fisher.
- The Tulsa Regional Chamber will only seal completed COOs. The Certificate of Origin form must be completely filled out.
- The business who submits a COO to the Tulsa Regional Chamber must include corresponding manufacturer’s invoices, shipper’s affidavits, and other documents that confirm the origin of the goods. The product information that is listed matches the product on the invoice. Do not leave off product numbers, quantities or descriptions.
- Copies of these documents, including the COO, will be kept by the Tulsa Regional Chamber for a period of three years.
- For the time being, COO requests will only be processed electronically via essCert.com as described above.
- The Tulsa Regional Chamber only attests to the documents as they are presented—it is not attesting to the validity of the claim of where the goods were produced. Furthermore, the Tulsa Regional Chamber will not be held liable if the U.S. company does not present all of the appropriate documentation needed for international importation or exportation, or any other reason that may result in the company’s shipment being held at foreign customs.