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)

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).

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