What is a Certificate of Origin

A Certificate of Origin (COO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. It is also a declaration by the exporter.

Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. The 1923 Geneva Convention named Chambers of Commerce the official body to issue, sign, and stamp Certificates of Origin worldwide.


Certificate of Origin Steps:

  1. The Greater Kirkland Chamber will only seal completed COOs. The proper Certificate of Origin must be completely filled out and notarized prior to presenting it to the Greater Kirkland Chamber.
  2. Certificate of Origin requests will be processed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and authorized at the chamber’s office located at 400 Urban Plaza, Suite 135, Kirkland, WA 98033. COO requests are coordinated by the Chamber. Members can contact the Chamber at (425) 822-7066 or info@kirklandchamber.org if needed.


Important Information:

  1. The Greater Kirkland Chamber only attests to the documents as they are presented—it is not attesting to the validity of the claim of where the goods were produced.  Furthermore, the Greater Kirkland Chamber will not be held liable if the U.S. Company does not present all of the appropriate documentation needed for international importation or exportation, or any other reason that may result in the company’s shipment being held at foreign customs.
  2. COO stamps are ONLY available to Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce chamber members.


For more information go to the Certificate of Origin information page at the U.S. Customs and Border Protect webpage.

Before filing any COO, please ensure you have the latest PDF form, information and requirements from both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.