International Trade

 



Certificates of Origin


TCCI, through delegation from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is authorised by the Australian Government to issue Certificates of Origin for Australian business, both for ordinary trade and for Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (AANZFTA, TAFTA, KAFTA, JAEPA, ChAFTA). 

Certificates of Origin are documents used in international trade for millions of transactions around the globe every year certifying the status of goods traded across borders.


What is a Certificate of Origin?

Certificates of Origin are a documentary system used in modern international trade for millions of transactions around the globe every year. The system utilises a trust-based mechanism between trading nations to prove the status of goods traded across borders, under the provisions of the Convention Relating to the Simplification of Customs Formalities (1923), which was reinforced with the Revised Kyoto Convention adopted in 2006. The global process involves an exporter making a claim about an exported good to the approved authority of their own government, which can then be used and trusted by the authorities of both the foreign government (importing Customs) and the importer themselves, when the goods cross the border at their destination.

In the modern trading era the Certificate of Origin system is now largely electronic, and enables importing Customs to appropriately determine an exporter’s claims about the origin of inputs into products for a range of trust-based purposes, including tariff reductions, anti-dumping procedures, MFN application, safeguarding, and other treatment choices. It also enables importers to use trade finance documents such as Letters of Credit, and allows exporters to receive the support of their own exporting government in the event of a dispute. 

Chambers of commerce have a long history developing the Certificate of Origin system, with first Certificate being issued by the Marseille Province Chamber of Commerce in 1898. The codification of the system arrived with the 1923 Convention, and the International Chamber of Commerce maintains and updates the international guidelines on Certificates of Origin, ensuring consistency in the global documentary standard into the electronic era. Today, over 400 trade agreements contain preferential rules of origin, further expanding the purpose of issuance of Certificates of Origin for preferential use, so that treatment for goods under preferential (or "free") trade agreements can be obtained at the border crossing.



How do I get a Certificate of Origin?

To obtain a Certificate of Origin from the TCCI, first you must be registered as an exporter. Certificates can then be issued in hard copy or electronically (if the exporter registers with eCertify). 



eCertify

TCCI has partnered with eCertify to provide exporters and freight forwarders a user-friendly, online  solution that enables issuance of Certificates of Origin direct from their desktops. eCertify eliminates paper-based processing of certificates saving time and money! eCertify



REGISTER: Certificates of Origin - CO4

To register as an exporter for CHAFTA, JAEPA, KAFTA, Chile or Non Preferential Certificates of Origin, please complete the following documentation:

Completed forms can be emailed to admin@tcci.com.au
 

REGISTER: Certificates of Origin - CO4A

To register as an exporter for AANZFTA Certificates of Origin, please complete the following documentation:

Completed forms can be emailed to admin@tcci.com.au


REGISTER: Certificates of Origin - CO4B

To register as an exporter for Certificates of Origin for Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreements (TAFTA) please complete the following documentation: For more information, please see the following links: 
Completed forms can be emailed to admin@tcci.com.au


REGISTER: eCertify

To register for electronic issuance of certificate, you will need to complete the relevant registration for Certificates of Origin for ordinary trade and/or Certificates of Origin for Free Trade Agreements as outline above as well as registering for eCertify.

 

Certificates of Health


The Department of Agriculture issues a Certificate of Health for food products. More information:  
The TCCI cannot issue Certificates of Health for pharmaceuticals, meat, dairy, plants, fish, live animals, eggs, honey and prescribed goods.  More information:



Fees

  • TCCI Member Price: $30.50 per document
  • Non-Member Price: $52.50 per document
Note: Additional fees apply for out of hours, weekend and public holiday issuance.


Certificate of Origin Templates



FAQs

When do I tick or include issued retroactively/retrospectively?
  • AANZFTA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed by more than 3 days 
  • CHAFTA - issued retrospectively/retroactively must be noted in section 5 if the departure date has passed.
  • JAEPA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed.