What is a Certificate of Origin?

You or your customer may need a Certificate of Origin to import goods into a country outside the European Union. The producer or exporter of the goods usually makes the certificate of origin, which is then authorized by the Chamber of Commerce of the country where the goods were produced or obtained. The document proves that it has met the criteria to be considered as originating from a country.

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As I wrote in my blog “Import Documents You May Need When Exporting” I explained various customs documents, one of which was the EUR.1   

The EUR.1 Certificate is a Certificate of Origin of sorts. It is used for exporting goods to, or importing goods from the European Union to countries with which the EU has Free Trade Agreements. Depending on the agreement for certain goods you have to pay lower import duties, or even no import duties at all. This is called the preferential rate.