When is a certificate of origin form needed?
A certificate of origin is an international trade document completed by an exporter to demonstrate that goods in a shipment originated from a particular country. Note that "origin" refers to where the products were made (at least 50% cost-wise, generally), not shipped from.
The need for a certificate of origin form varies, depending on both the originating and destination countries and the type of goods contained within the shipment. Local customs offices may be able to provide specifics on the need for a certificate of origin and if any restrictions or preferences exist for trade or certain goods between the countries.
How to complete a certificate of origin form:
Exporter Name & Address, Importer, Carrier: Provide the name and address of the shipper and importer (consignee), and list the name of the shipping carrier used.
Marks and Numbers: List marks or numbers identifiable on the outside of the package.
Number of Packages, Boxes or Cases: Provide the quantity of units for a particular item.
Gross Weight: Full weight of the shipment, including packaging, in kilograms.
Full Description of Item: Fully describe each good.
Form must be signed and dated by the exporter or producer completing the form.