Certificate of origin

The Certificate of Origin is a fundamental document in international goods traffic. It plays a crucial role in determining the origin of goods and is therefore important for both exporters and importers. In this article, you will learn what a Certificate of Origin is, why it is important, and how it is used in international trade.

certificate of origin
certificate of origin
















What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (often abbreviated as CO) is an official document that certifies the origin of goods. It is issued by a competent authority or chamber of commerce and indicates the country from which the goods originate.

Importance of the Certificate of Origin

Customs Tariffs: The Certificate of Origin is used to determine the applicable customs tariffs. Goods from certain countries may enjoy lower tariffs due to trade agreements.


Trade Regulations: It assists in complying with trade regulations and restrictions applicable to certain countries.

Issuing a Certificate of Origin

Application: To create a Certificate of Origin, an application must be submitted to the relevant chamber of commerce or authority.


Required Documents: Typically, commercial invoices and other relevant documents that prove the origin of the goods are required.


Verification: The information is verified by the issuing authority before the Certificate of Origin is issued.

Digital Certificates of Origin

Digitalization: Many countries now offer the option to apply for and receive Certificates of Origin digitally, which speeds up and simplifies the process

Handling Certificates of Origin

Careful Storage: Certificates of Origin should be carefully stored as they are needed for customs clearance.


Important for Exporters: Exporters should familiarize themselves with the requirements of Certificates of Origin in the destination countries of their goods.


The Certificate of Origin is a key element in international trade that ensures the transparency and legality of goods traffic. For companies engaged in international trade, it is essential to understand the importance and correct handling of this important document.


A certificate of origin is an important document that confirms the preferential origin of goods manufactured in one country of the European Union and exported to another. The document is a form of trade facilitation that can help reduce or avoid import duties or other charges in the destination country.


The certificate of origin  is a special customs document issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin. The document must contain certain information on the exporter, the consignee, the type of goods and the origin of the product. The document must be endorsed by an authorised signatory before it is recognised as an official document.


However, it is important to note that not all goods qualify for preferential tariffs. As a rule, goods must be manufactured and/or processed in the EU to qualify for the certificate of origin. However, there are exceptions where goods that are partly or wholly manufactured outside the EU may also qualify for preferential tariffs.


It is also important to stress that the certificate of origin is not issued automatically. Companies must make an application and meet certain requirements before the document is issued. Here, companies should make sure that the document is filled out correctly and completely in order to avoid delays or problems during customs clearance.


Overall, the certificate of origin can play an important role for companies in reducing export costs and improving competitiveness. However, it is important that companies carefully research the requirements and conditions before applying for a certificate of origin to ensure that they meet all the requirements and complete the document correctly. This is where customs brokers and freight forwarders can provide valuable support to ensure that the export process runs smoothly.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is created and maintained to the best of our knowledge and belief. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information. Any use of the information is at your own risk. We reserve the right to make changes or corrections at any time without prior notice. Under no circumstances shall we be liable for any damages arising from the use of the information provided on this website. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites linked from our website. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information provided on these websites.

© 2024 CSI GmbH, Munich. All rights reserved.

The contents of this website, including texts, graphics, images, and other materials, are copyrighted and are the property of CSI GmbH, based in Munich. Any use, reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, downloading, or copying of these materials, whether in part or as a whole, without the express written permission of CSI GmbH, is strictly prohibited. This includes all contents that were specifically created for CSI GmbH, as well as those produced and provided by third parties on behalf of CSI GmbH. The use of the contents presented on this website for commercial purposes or for dissemination on other websites or media platforms is not permitted without prior written consent from CSI GmbH.

Kontakt / Contact

CSI-GmbH International Logistics

Cargo Modul C / 4. Floor

Munich Airport / GERMANY

Tel: +49 89 9733 044 10









CSI auf YouTube
CSI auf LinkedIn
CSI auf Facebook
CSI auf X
CSI auf X