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Certificate of Origin
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Origin Information and Instructions
Certificate of Origin Policy
The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce has revised its policy on the issuance of Certificates of Origin effective March 1, 2017.
Any and all Certificates of Origin and additional papers submitted to the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce are to be filled out truthfully and the products named on the Certificate of Origin are manufactured in the United States of America and are of United States of America origin.
- The Certificate of Origin must be filled out completely before being presented to the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce.
- An Affidavit of Origin and Indemnification Agreement must be signed by a company officer and presented to the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. For those businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce, this document can be signed yearly and will be kept on file with the membership investment records. For a non-member business, an Affidavit of Origin and Indemnification agreement must accompany each Certificate of Origin. This document must be provided to the Chamber before a Certificate of Origin will be issued.
- The Chamber should ascertain from the manufacturer’s invoice and/or shipper’s affidavit that the products described in the Certificate of Origin are all composed of at least 51% parts manufactured in the U.S.A. Upon making the determination from the documentation that the goods are composed of at least 51% parts manufactured in the U.S.A., and only after, the Chamber will sign and seal the lower portion of the Certificate of Origin.
- There will be a fee of $10 per certificate (or per use of stamp) for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. For bulk users, an annual fee of $300 for Plymouth Area Chamber member businesses or $800 for non-member businesses is available.
Please adhere to the following steps to ensure timely processing of your Certificates of Origin:
- Be sure you are filling out the proper Certificates of Origin for the country to which you are exporting.
- Be sure you fill out the Certificate completely and accurately.
- Be sure that the product information listed is verbatim to what is on the invoice. Do not leave off product numbers, quantities, or descriptions.
- Do not alter the Certificate in any way.
- You are responsible for understanding the specific documentation requirements for the destination country of your shipment, as these rules may vary. A standard certificate of origin form as well as other standard export documents can be found on gov
- We do not recommend waiting until the day of your shipment to bring in your certificate. Chamber staff does need time to verify all information is correct.
The Chamber staff member has the right of refusal for any document that they feel does not meet the Plymouth Area Chamber’s guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is the Chamber implementing these revisions?
A: Our policy changes were promoted by lawsuits incurred by other Chambers in the U.S. that issued Certificates of Origins that accompanied shipments where the exporter of record misrepresented the actual origin of the materials or when a Chamber’s Certificate of Origin was falsified. These cases resulted in fines, monetary settlements, travel expenses and associated liability insurance premiums, causing all Chambers to review existing policies. These changes were reviewed and directed by a member attorney.
Q: Why do I need a Certificate of Origin to ship my product?
A: There are a number of reasons why governments require a Certificate of Origin. The United States has numerous trade agreements with many foreign countries, and under the terms of many of these agreements, American products receive lower tariff rates. The foreign customs office verifies product qualifications for these preferential duty rates by accompanying Certificates of Origin. Also, some countries have banned certain products from countries that have been caught dumping. The Certificate of Origin helps prove that the product is allowed into that particular country.
Q: Why is the Chamber of Commerce in the business of signing Certificates of Origin?
A: Through world trade agreements on an international level, it has been determined and agreed upon by all countries that local Chambers of Commerce are reputable, and are in the best position to know the local companies and their product lines. In several other countries, Chamber of Commerce membership is a requirement of doing business, and is not voluntary.
Q: Who is authorized to sign on behalf of the Exporter?
A: Only the principals or their duly authorized signatories or agent. Principals include in the case of a sole trader, by the proprietor himself; in the case of a partnership, by a partner of the firm; in the case of a corporate body, by a director or the Secretary. Alternatively, declarations may be signed by an authorized agent of the principal.
Answers from the International Certificate of Origin Guidelines published by the World Chambers Federation and the International Chamber of Commerce. “International Certificate of Origin Guidelines” booklet available at http://store.iccbooksusa.net/iccebooks.aspx
Q: Who determines whether a Certificate of Origin is required?
A: The responsibility to comply with the requirements of the importing company rests with the Exporter – not the Chamber. It is also the exporter’s responsibility to obtain the Certificate of Origin, in accordance with the buyer’s or country of import requirement.
Chamber Members – $10 per stamp, $300 bulk rate
Non-Members – $40 per stamp, $800 bulk rate
How can I get a Certificate of Origin from the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce?
If you need a Certificate of Origin issued by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, please:
- Complete, sign and have the appropriate Certificate of Origin
- Complete and sign a Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Release form
Attach all original shipment invoices for all items referenced on the certificate
- All requests and documents must be made in person at the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 134 Court Street Plymouth, MA.
The staff of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce have the authority and right to deny any requests made.