What is a Certificate of Origin?

Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document that certifies the place of growth, production or manufacture of a particular product. Exporters are required to present this document:

  • When exporting to specific countries
  • When requested by the consignee for customs clearance
  • When it is stipulated in a letter of credit

The CO identifies goods and contains an express certification by a government authority or other empowered body, which authenticates that the goods in question originate in a specific country. It can be obtained from the Trade Board. Many overseas importers insist upon a CO when dealing with Jamaican exporters.

Although obtaining a CO is straightforward, it is important that specific procedures are followed:

  • You must include an Exporters Information Form Update. This form has to be completed together with a list of signatories authorised to sign the certificates on behalf of your company. 
  • Evidence of origin (i.e. copies of the invoice, a bill of lading, a letter of credit, or a statutory declaration) must be supplied prior to stamping.
  • Exporters must provide a copy of the documents being stamped.