Certificates of Origin

A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a particular country. COs also constitute a declaration by the exporter. Millions of COs are issued every year, facilitating trade around the world. Since as early as 1898, chambers of commerce have been issuing non-preferential COs.

The 1923 Geneva Convention and subsequent Kyoto Convention have seen governments formally recognize the important role chambers play in this domain, deeming them competent authorities and credible trusted third-parties in the issuance of COs. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining the duty that will be applied to the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. In addition, COs may be needed to comply with letters of credit, foreign customs requirements, or a buyer’s request.

Note: Certain countries, primarily those that are non-signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, require commercial documents to be legalized by the country’s US Embassy or Consulate. Depending on invoice value, embassy fees can run into thousands of dollars in some countries, so exporters must be aware of these requirements.

The most common countries requiring embassy or consulate legalization include Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Paraguay, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

The Nogales-SCC Chamber, in partnership with AWTCC, offers this service to system users. Each document is quoted on an individual basis prior to processing. Simply request legalization service with the application.

Who needs it?
Exporters. Certificates of Origin may be needed to comply with Letters of Credit, import Customs requirements or a buyer’s request.

Documents needed:

  • Certificate of Origin: A completed Certificate of Origin.
  • Commercial Invoice: A commercial invoice that matches the items listed on the Certificate of Origin.
  • Bill of Lading or Air Waybill (shipping documentation): These documents may also be necessary to verify information provided on the Certificate of Origin and in some cases may be used in lieu of a commercial invoice.
  • Notarization: Notarization is not legally required for Certificates of Origin, however, some shippers or consignees may require it. There is a notary available on-site at the Chamber should you need their services.


Payment: Certificates will not be processed without payment. Credit cards are accepted at the office. This service is provided only to affiliated Chamber members.


For more information, please contact our office at info@thenogaleschamber.org or at (520) 287-3685.