Certificates of Origin

Fitchburg Chamber VBB faviconFitchburg Chamber of Commerce is proud to be one of the issuing agencies to officially certify Certificates of Origins to several of our manufacturing companies that export their products out of the country.


What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (often abbreviated to C/O or COO) is a document used in international trade. It is a printed form, completed by the exporter or its agent and certified by an issuing body, attesting that the goods in a particular export shipment have been wholly produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. Or in Short “A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document which is used for certification that the products exported are wholly obtained, produced or manufactured in a particular Country. It is generally an integral part of export documents.


The formalization in the role of Chambers of Commerce as issuing agencies for Certificates of Origin (CO) can be traced back to the 1923 Geneva Convention relating to the Simplification of Customs Formalities (Article 11),[3] and has been reinforced with the updated Kyoto Convention. Under these Conventions, signatory governments were able to allow organizations “which possess the necessary authority and offer the necessary guarantees” to the State to issue certificates of origin. Thus due to the widespread network of the Chamber of Commerce community, in most countries, Chambers of Commerce were seen as these organizations allowed to issue Certificates of Origin. As such, seen as “competent authorities”, Chambers began to more spreadly issue non-preferential certificates of origin.

Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Origin Policy 

  1. The Certificate of Origin  the Chamber must be filled out completely and notarized before being presented to the Chamber.
  2. An indemnification letter must be signed by a company officer, notarized and on file with the Chamber before a Certificate of Origin is issued. This will be updated annually or when there is a change of signatory officer.
  3. Certificates will be authorized at our office, 5500 E Cheryl Parkway, Suite 106, Fitchburg, WI.
  4. There will be a $50 one-time processing fee for all users, after that Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce members will receive the service for free and non-members will be charged $25 per certificate.
  5. Please take time to fill out and return the indemnification letter and return it at your earliest convenience to the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce.

Certificate of Origin Indemnification Letter

Certificate of Origin Policy

Please adhere to the following steps to ensure timely processing of your Certificate of Origin:

*Make sure you are filling out the proper Certificate of Origin for the country to which you are exporting. *Make sure you fill out the Certificate completely and accurately. Be sure you do not sign in the space provided for the Notary or the Chamber. *Make sure that the product information listed is verbatim to what is on the invoice. Do not leave off product numbers, quant¡ties or descriptions *Do not alter the Certificate in any way. *Have the Certificate notarized before having the Chamber sign it. *Do not wait until the day of your shipment to bring in your Certificate. (48 hours advance notice ¡s ideal, but not always necessary) Contact Kate or Angela at 608-288-8284 or via email to begin the process for this service.




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