• Certificate of Origin

  • What is a Certificate of Origin?

    A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. COs also constitute a declaration by the exporter.

    Millions of COs are issued every year, facilitating trade around the world. Since as early as 1898, Chambers of commerce have been issuing non-preferential COs and more recently, closely working with Customs authorities, issuing preferential COs.

    The 1923 Geneva Convention and subsequent Kyoto Convention have seen governments formally recognize the important role chambers play in this domain, deeming them competent authorities and credible trusted third-parties in the issuance of COs.

    Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining the duty that will be applied to the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.

    In addition, COs may be needed to comply with letters of credit, foreign customs requirements or a buyer's request.

  • Processing Certificates of Origin

    Our Certificates of Origins are processed through an electronic platform via essCert. This platform is being utilized across the country and by multiple chambers in Minnesota with great success.

    The benefits include:

    • Streamlined process
    • More secure & traceable (each Certificate of Origin will have a traceable QR code)
    • No need to travel to and from our office thus saving you and your company time and money!


    Please fill out the attached form (HERE). 


    Once complete, please send to register@esscert.com. Your application will be processed and you will receive a welcome email to get started and a how-to guide on how to use the portal.

  • Fee:

    Members: $10 per CO application, $5 for each added document/copy

    Non-Members: $150 per CO application regardless how many supporting documents/copies

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  • TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    1600 Utica Ave S., 9th Floor
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416

    Telephone: (763) 450-2220  | Email: info@twinwest.com