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Certificates of Origin


A Certificate of Origin may be required by a foreign country because of established Treaty arrangements, varying duty rates, and preferential duty treatment dependent on the shipment´s origin.

The CO verifies the country in which the goods were manufactured. The commodity being exported and its destination determine if the CO is required. Some nations restrict imports from certain countries.  Many countries limit the quantity of goods that are allowed to be imported, or give preference to goods manufactured in the U.S.  Your international shipping firm or custom broker can determine if your shipment will require a CO.

A Certificate of Origin requires the authorized signature of the local Chamber of Commerce designated representative and the seal of that organization.  Countries require forms to be notarized as well.


Companies requesting CO’s must submit a formal letter to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce with a list of authorized company representatives allowed to make CO requests on behalf of the company.  The letter must be signed by a senior level corporate representative and must include a state ID or driver’s license number for each individual listed.

Individuals requesting a Certificate of Origin must provide the Chamber of Commerce with a completed CO. Individuals must also be on the list of authorized company representatives on file with the Chamber and must present the corresponding photo ID.  The descriptions and amounts on the CO form must be consistent with those entered on shipping invoice or receipt.  It is requested that companies call ahead to make an appointment with one of the Chamber representatives authorized to issue Certificates of Origin.

Certificate of Origin Fee

This service is for Illinois Chamber of Commerce members only and is free of charge. If you would like to see if your company is a member or call for more information, please contact Peggy Hardy at 312-983-7124 or

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