Certificate of Origin

A Certificate of Origin is a document that lists the origin of a product. It proves in which country a product was manufactured.

Why a Certificate of Origin?

Some countries outside the EU require a Certificate of Origin for trade policy reasons, like boycotts, import limitations and import quota. Additionally, this document will entitle you to a discount on or exemption from import duties in certain countries. In these cases, the most favoured nation (MFN) import rate applies.

Without a Certificate of Origin, you might encounter difficulties when importing products in certain countries. Think of, for example, delays during transport or the clearance procedure, increased costs, fines or denial of entry at the border. A country uses the COO document to determine whether or not you can import the products. In most cases, you will not need a certificate of origin within the EU.


Based on the COO document, a country will decide whether or not you can import a product. A country may also use this document to determine if the MFN import rate is applicable. This is usually lower than the general rate. Are you exporting to a country with which the EU has a trade agreement? For that, you will need a EUR.1 document.

Request a Certificate of Origin

In order to make the document, we will need the following documents from you:

  • Invoice
  • Photos of the type plaque (only in case of machinery)
  • Copy of the licence plate (only in case of cars)
  • Authorisation
CVO document

Feel free to request a CVO document

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