Genesis: Preferential Origin Validation Tool

Genesis ICC Preferential Origin Online Tool

Genesis is a platform developed by the International Chambers of Commerce as a digital online self-certification tool in response to the increasing number of Free Trade Agreements.

With Free Trade Agreements allowing self-certification, Genesis is a way of proving that the goods being exported qualify for preference. Exporters can apply to Business West Chamber of Commerce, as an independent third party, to obtain the Genesis validation of their origin statement on invoice declarations.

Several Chambers participated in a successful pilot phase that ended in March 2023. After a series of training on preferential rules of origin and testing in early 2024, the platform is scheduled to deploy in July 2024. Eight pioneering Chambers, including Business West, are launching Genesis.


Benefits of Genesis:

  • Reliable verification tool for exporters, importers and customs authorities
  • Reduce human error risks, fraud risks and costs
  • Facilitate smoother customs checks
  • Legal and cost liability is with importer, without an independent third party certifying these trade documents

How does it work:

  1. An exporter applies online through Genesis to Business West Chamber of Commerce 
  2. Exporter uploads their commercial invoice and declares the preferential origin on the invoice declaration
  3. Business West Chamber of Commerce carries out the validation and certifies the invoice declaration
  4. The exporter received certification of invoice declaration.
  5. The invoice declaration can be checked by importing customs. The importer, who is liable for paying duties and taxes on imported merchandise, can also check the declaration.

Do you export goods abroad?

Do you find it challenging to self-certify the origin of the product you are exporting? Call 01275 373 373 or email to learn how Genesis can help verify your self-certification when exporting.