Certificate of Origin

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin is an important international trade document which identifies the origin of the goods that you’re exporting.

It can be required for different reasons such as customs clearance in the buyer's country or payment via a Letter of Credit. So it’s vitally important that you submit the correct documentation.

How can we help?

The best and most cost-effective way to apply for a Certificate of Origin is through our secure online service. But we also offer a postal service for those who prefer.

Our online platform is quick and easy to use, and we offer a same day turn-around for the following documents:

As an accredited Chamber of Commerce our export documentation team have been certifying these documents for decades and they’re always on hand to help with any questions or queries around your application.

In October 2019, a new function was added to the e-z Cert online platform allowing users to check whether a certificate of conformity is required for their goods when they are applying for a certificate of origin for exports to markets such as: Egypt, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and many more. Discover more here: Business West works with SGS to streamline the export documentation process

* Arab documents often require legalisation and will take longer to obtain.


A breakdown of our costs for electronic and manual certificate of origin services can be found in the table below.

​Certification Fees

​Electronic Copy (+VAT)

Manual Copy (+VAT)

​Original Document



Additional Copies



Rejection fees for electronic documents



​Blank document fee

£0.60 - ​£2.75

​£0.60 - £2.75

 Walk-in, Wait & Collect Fee (not available after 3pm) £25 

For costs and information related to the certification and legislation of Arab documentation please call the International Trade Centre on 01275 370712.

​To see a full list of our prices, please click here (PDF).

** There are discounts available for members of the Business West Chambers of Commerce.​ **

How to get started

If you want a fast solution where you’ll save time, money and hassle on your Certificates of Origin then look no further. We have both an online and offline service, so whichever method is your preference we are ready to help.

If you have any questions about Certificates of Origin and your specific requirements then you can speak to one of our expert trade advisers on 01275 370712.

  • Apply for a Certificate of Origin today

    Visit our Acorn International Trade Services website to set up an account and start creating and submitting your Certificates of Origin today. This online export documentation platform is nice and easy to use, with clear guides and tutorials to help you get started.

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