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The efficient way to process Certificates of Origin, saving exporters time and money

What is a Certificate of Origin?

Certificates of Origin (COs) are international trade documents used to determine the origin of goods for official, commercial, and financial reasons. 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. COs attest that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a particular country (country of origin).

Why does the Chamber issue Certificates of Origin?

The role of chambers of commerce delivering certificates of origin can be traced back to the 1923 Geneva Convention relating to the Simplification of Customs Formalities, Article 11 (eventually updated by the Kyoto Convention).

Under the Convention, its signatory governments were obliged to make the process and procedures as simple as possible for companies requiring certificates of origin. In addition, it was specified that the State may allow these certificates to be issued by other organizations, "which possess the necessary authority and offer the necessary guarantees" to the State.

Thus, due to the widespread network of the chamber of commerce community, chambers of commerce are authorized to issue certificates of origin today.

What is eCertify?

The Knoxville Chamber adopted the eCertify platform in 2011 to provide better customer service to our members requiring Certificates of Origin. eCertify allows exporters to request COs via an online portal as opposed to having to drive downtown, park, and come into the Chamber to request them. 

Start using eCertify today and eliminate the time and additional expense associated with receiving COs in person at the Chamber.

eCertify allows you to:

  • Eliminate courier cost
  • Reduce administration costs
  • Reduce errors
  • Improve turn around time
  • Receive prompt notification of acceptance or rejection


Fees per certificate are based on your membership level in the Knoxville Chamber. 
Gold, Platinum, and Titanium Premier Partners - Receive up to 250 Certificates of Origin each year as a benefit of your membership ($25 for each additional certificate)
Silver Premier Partners - Receive up to 150 Certificates of Origin each year as a benefit of your membership ($25 for each additional certificate)
Bronze Premier Partners - Receive up to 100 Certificates of Origin each year as a benefit of your membership ($25 for each additional certificate)

All other Chamber members - $25 per certificate

Non-members - $50 per certificate - save money and join the Chamber!

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