What is Certificate of Origin?

A certificate of origin (CO) is an important international trade document confirming that the goods in a particular shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.

COs may be requested by importing countries’ Customs Departments, importers, freight forwarders or banks (for letter of credit clearance).

There are two major types of CO:
Preferential CO

 Issued to cover eligible exports for preferential tariff exemption or reduction under Free Trade Agreements (FTA)

For more information on applying for Preferential COs, visit the Singapore Customs website.

Non-preferential CO

Issued for goods which do not enjoy preferential treatment.

The Singapore International Chamber of Commerce is authorised to issue the non-preferential CO (also known as Ordinary CO).