What is a certificate of origin (CO)?
A certificate of origin (CO) is a document declaring in which country a commodity or good was manufactured. The certificate of origin contains information regarding the product, its destination, and the country of export. For example, a good may be marked "Made in the USA" or "Made in China".
Required by many treaty agreements for cross-border trade, the CO is an important form because it can help determine whether certain goods are eligible for import, or whether goods are subject to duties. We encourage you to contact your local authorities who can help classify your individual commodity types before you begin placing your bookings, so you are aware of what exact duty you can expect to be billed for by the government when importing your cargo.