Certificate of origin is an important trade document which is of benefit for both the exporter and the importer. Apart from facilitating the customs clearance at the port of destination, these certificates also help the importers enjoy the preferential rates on imported goods as prescribed by the free trade agreements (FTAs). In addition, it can be demanded by the importer before the letter of credit and payments are released to the exporter.
The Australian Government authorizes the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to issue certificates of origin. For this, the ACCI authorizes a number of commerce chambers in different states and territories to issue these certificates. These chambers include:
- Canberra Commerce Chamber
- New South Wales Commerce Chamber
- Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
- Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Fremantle Chamber of Commerce
- Business South Australia
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
- Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory
- Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry
How to Apply for a Certificate of Origin?
You can apply with the right Chamber of Commerce authorized to issue the certificate in your region or area. The procedure followed by each of the above-mentioned chambers is almost the same and includes the following steps:
- Get registered as an exporter under an FTA by filling the Exporter Information Form CO4. For example, if you are exporting to China, you must get registered under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The chamber you apply to would issue a registration number.
- Next, you would receive a certificate of origin template which you would need to complete and submit it back to the chamber.
- The certificate would be processed and stamped and delivered to you via post or email (as selected by you). If you receive it by email, you can print it at your office.It is advised to prefer the online procedure to get the certificate of origin stamped. It not only saves a lot of time but may also cost less.