What is certificate of origin?

A certificate of origin is a document used in international trade. You might come across it as CO, which has the same meaning. The exporter is most interested in this valuable document because it declares the official origin of the goods. In short, the CA confirms that the contents of a consignment guarantee that goods purchased, manufactured or processed in the same country are fully purchased. Each country must know the true origin of the goods when they are imported in order to calculate the value for customs duties and to determine whether they are legally transported to the destination.

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