Do you need to apostille your Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice?
The most popular countries we process these type of documents are for Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Vietnam, and Iran. We can also apostille these documents for countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
Depending on the country, the first step is to have these documents signed and notarized by the exporter. Some countries may request these documents to also be signed and notarized by the local Chamber of Commerce.
What is an Certificate of Origin?
A certificate of origin (often abbreviated to C/O, COO or CoO) is a document used in international trade. It is completed by the exporter and certified by an recognized issuing body (Example: Local Chamber of Commerce, State, Federal Government, or Company Representative), attesting that the goods in a particular export shipment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. The origin of the product does not refer to the country where the goods were shipped from but to the country where they were made. In the event the products were manufactured in two or more countries, origin is obtained in the country where the last substantial economically justified working or processing is carried out.
What is a Commercial Invoice?
When used in foreign trade, a commercial invoice (C/I) is a customs document. It is used as a customs declaration provided by the person or corporation that is exporting an item across international borders. Although there is no standard format, the document must include a few specific pieces of information such as the parties involved in the shipping transaction, the goods being transported, the country of manufacture, and the Harmonized System codes for those goods. A commercial invoice must often include a statement certifying that the invoice is true, and a signature.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
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