What is a certificate of origin?

Issued by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, it is a one-time document that certifies the origin of goods being exported and is sent along with your shipment. It is required by customs to determine tariff rates and to prove the origin of goods.

By certifying the origin of goods, we help to reduce the possibility that overseas customs authorities stop British shipments – helping to ensure the smooth passage of UK goods across international borders.

We can offer:

Accurately prepared export documents help ensure that your exports get to their destination on time and without delay. Our service includes:

  • UK Certificates of Origin – these are customs clearance requirements to evidence the origin of the goods involved in a shipment.
  • EUR1 Movement Certificates – these support claims for preferential (usually zero) rates of duty in the country of implementation. They are like a discount voucher for an importer, usually applied for by the exporter. To qualify, the goods must ‘originate’ in the UK (subject to specific trade agreements, some EU content may be allowed). The preference system only applies to countries where certain trade agreements exist with the EU before the end of any Brexit transition period or for new UK Trade Agreements thereafter. Do your goods qualify for preference? Click here to check.
  • Arab-British Certificates of Origin – a customs clearance requirement to evidence the origin of the goods and may also be requested by the importing company. These may be used for Arab League States.

Online applications can be made through essCert.com

Planning for the move to a digital future and paperless border

We now offer plain paper printing option for United Kingdom Certificates of Origin.

It will simplify the printing process as you will no longer need to insert a blank Certificate of Origin correctly into the printer or hold a stock of blank certificates. all applications will have to be made via our essCert platform.

However, we will continue to offer the Chamber print service, which may be necessary if the country of destination requires a wet stamp. If needed the Chamber can prepare and complete applications for you on our online platform for a small fee.

Download our standard rules for documentation services.