A Certificate of Origin is a document required by foreign governments that validates the country of origin of where the product was manufactured. The Certificate of Origin must be signed by the exporter and then validated by a locally designated agency such as the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) in order to be acceptable and valid.
Sample Certificate of Origin
- THE UNDERSIGNED - Name of the individual completing and signing the certificate (see Block 13); may be the Exporter or Agent of the Exporter.
- FOR - The Company name and address of the Exporter (Distributor or Manufacturer) effecting the shipment of merchandise.
- SHIPPED ON - Name of the vessel, aircraft, rail, or trucking company. May also include vessel number and flag, flight number and flag, rail car number, and truck Pro number.
- DATE - The date the carrier left the port/terminal for the destination.
- CONSIGNED TO - The Consignee, as it appears on the Commercial Invoice; may be "To Order of Shipper," or "To Order of (Customer's) Bank, or to any other entity, on the Conditions of Sale and/or the letter of credit.
- MARKS AND NUMBERS - The marks recorded on each package, including Shipper's Company Name, Country of Origin (i.e. - Made in USA), Destination Port of Entry, and Customer's Company Name; may also include a Shipper's Control Number (i.e. - C/I No.) and the Customer's Import license Number. "Number" refers to the numbering of the packages in the shipment (i.e. - 1 of 30, 2 of 30, etc.).
- NO. OF PACKAGES - The total number of packages, cartons, boxes, skids, etc. per description line, including outer packaging, in kilograms.
- GROSS WEIGHT - Total weight of packages per description line, including outer packaging, in kilograms.
- NET WEIGHT - Total weight of all packages per description line, excluding outer packaging, but including inner packaging, in kilograms.
- DESCRIPTION - Full description of items being shipped, the type of containers, the gross weight per container, and the quantity and unit of measure of the merchandise. May also include cross references to Purchase Order or Commercial Invoice number.
- SWORN BEFORE - Notary Republic seal/signature, and date notarized.
- DATE - Date Certificate of Origin was prepared and signed.
- SIGNATURE - The signature of the owner, employee, or agent appearing in Block 1 above.
- CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Name of local Chamber of Commerce (and State) certifying the origin of the merchandise.
- SECRETARY - Authorized signature of the local Chamber of Commerce Secretary and that organization's seal.
The MCC offers Certificates of Origin for goods made in the United States and for goods NOT made in the United States. Certificates may be obtained by downloading the appropriate forms at the bottom of the page and by contacting the MCC office at 212-473-7875 or by sending an email to email@example.com to schedule an appointment. Please bring he follwing documents with you when you come our office (in case you wish to send the documents, please call our office at 212-473-7875 to arrange for it):
- Fill out the appropriate affidavit for either U.S. Originated Goods or Non-U.S Originated goods which are both available for download at the buttom of this page. The affidavit needs to be notarized. The affidavit releases the Chamber from any liability with regards to the goods. It can be e-mailed or faxed to you. The notarization can be done at any bank. IMPORTANT: We keep your affidavit on file. Therefore, you will not need to bring a new affidavit for your second appointment as long as the country of the origin of the goods remains the same. For example, if you had provided an affidavit for U.S. originated goods at your previous appointment and you need another Certificate for U.S. made goods stamped, you will not need to bring a new affidavit but if you need to get a Certificate of Origin for non-U.S. made goods stamped, you will need to bring the appropriate affidavit.
- In addition to the signed affidavit you need to bring the corresponding Certificate of Origin filled out and signed by you. The forms are available for download below. Please note if you have goods from U.S. and Non-U.S., two separate forms must be used as they cannot be on the same Certificate of Origin. If one and the same product consists of compontents made in different countries, please use the Certificate of Multi-Country Origin.
- Finally, you must provide documents that indicate that the goods are made in the country of origin stated on the affidavit and the Certificate of Origin.
Please be aware that many countries require the Certificate of Origin form to be typed and not hand-written. You may verify this with the importing country.*
- Please call the office at 212-473-7875 for an appointment. We will stamp the certificate of origin by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 9.30 AM – 12 PM and from 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM. Please call the office at 212-473-7875 before you come in. If you have not scheduled an appointment, we will not be able to guarantee for your Certificate of Origin to be processed the same day.
- Pricing: There is a standard fee of $30 for each document we stamp and seal for Certificate of Origin for goods made in the United States.
The fee for Certificate of Origin for goods not made in the U.S. is $40.
Note: This service is discounted for MCC members at the rate of $10 off for each document/invoice that we stamp and seal:
- $20 for each Certificate of Origin of U.S. made goods.
- $30 for each Certificate of Origin of Non-U.S. made goods.
You may pay by cash, credit card or check. IMPORTANT: Payment must be provided when you come to our office to get the documents stamped.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our chamber, please visit our website at www.manhattancc.org to learn about all the benefits the chamber offers to its members including discounted rates for Certificates of Origin.
*Forms allow text entry via PDF.*