International Trade

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Manual Certificates of Origin 

In light of the advice received from the Australian Government regarding COVID-19, the TCCI is implementing new policies to ensure the safety of staff and visitors to minimise risk.
TCCI will be reducing the number of staff in the office, as a result you will need to call the office prior to bringing in manual certificates as staff will need to be notified to ensure someone is able to come into the office. Our regular reception phone line 03 6236 3600 is currently operating during our normal business hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm.
When you visit our offices please follow these rules:
  • Observe social distancing – minimum 1.5 metres away from others
  • Use sanitiser when entering and leaving the office
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into a tissue or your elbow
  • Do not shake hands or touch other people
  • If you have recently travelled internationally or interstate unfortunately we are unable to have you in our office, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days
  • If you are sick, please do not visit our offices as we are unable to have you in our office


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 essCert). 


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

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

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

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


To register for electronic issuance of certificates, you will need to complete the relevant registration form CO4 Registration Form in addition to the CO4A form if you require AANZFTA certificates and CO4B form if you require TAFTA certificates, as well as registering for essCert.


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:

Certificates of Free Sale

The TCCI cannot issue Certificates of Free Sale for products which are classed as therapeutic goods including medicines, medicinal devices, vitamins, health supplements etc. 

Enquiries should be directed to in the first instance.


  • 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


When do I tick or include issued retroactively/retrospectively?
  • AANZFTA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed by more than three (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. 
  • IA-CEPA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed by more than three (3) working days.
  • RCEP box must be ticked if the departure date has passed.