Certificate of Origin

Create, submit, and print electronically certified documents right at your own desk. Electronic Certificates of Origin provide easier and faster Customs clearance and productivity gains for companies.

The Indy Chamber, through a partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, offers electronically chamber stamped Certificate of Origin and export related documents.

Ensure your process is compliant and future proof by enabling document verification. The authenticity of each document can be verified by customs worldwide through the International Chamber of Commerce Accreditation Chain at certificates.iccwbo.org.

For full document verification visit www.CertificateofOrigin.com.

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.

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.

Getting Started

To setup your account:
Download and complete the following form and return it to [email protected].


While you do not need to be a member to access this service, the service fee for each document is $20 for Indy Chamber members and $40 for non-members.

If a non-electronic copy is required, it may be requested through the online portal for an additional $30 (courier cost), or at the cost of your courier of choice. Prices for additional services (listed above) can be found directly on the portal. If you would like information on non-electronic (i.e. wet-stamp) copies provided by our staff, please email [email protected].

The Indy Chamber offers in-person, non-electronic services to in-market members only. Those services are available on Thursdays, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm through scheduled courier drop-off/pick-up.

Next Steps

Once your company’s account is established, you will receive a welcome email from our ICC-accredited affiliate with log-in information.

You may use this unified log-in anywhere in the United States to manage and generate electronic CO/COO and other documents across multiple company locations.

Those CO/COO are then certified by the Indy Chamber, as an ICC-accredited affiliate. Your account will enable you to quickly generate and certify these and other documents, without the need to visit our offices in downtown Indianapolis.

Through your account, you will have the ability to generate: Online Chamber Certifications, Online Certificates of Origin and Arab Certificates of Origin, and online document legalization requests. If proof of review or a non-electronic (“wet stamp” or “embossing”) process is required, your online account can be used to produce these non-electronic documents as well. Any errors in documentation will be bounced back to you for correction, at no additional cost. You will also have access to our Online Certificate Verification tool for overseas Customs authorities, banks, and other related entities.

Beyond the Certificate of Origin - Legalization

Certain countries, primarily those that are non-signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, require commercial documents to be legalized by the country’s US Embassy or Consulate. Depending on invoice value, embassy fees can run into thousands of dollars in some countries, so exporters must be aware of these requirements.

The most common countries requiring embassy or consulate legalization include: Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Paraguay, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Our chamber, in partnership with AWTCC, offers this service to system users. Each document is quoted on an individual basis prior to processing. Simply request legalization service with application.


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