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Certificate of Origin and assistance in accessing Free Trade Agreements

Do you have the correct export documents to export goods overseas?

Export documents can be required by two different stakeholders in the international trade chain: customs agencies and the banking system.  The needs of both systems can vary depending on your product, which country you are exporting to and the method of payment.  Early in the process of negotiating your export sale you should ensure that both you and the importer understand your respective responsibilities for export documentation and that you can provide all of the documents that are required.

Ai Group is approved and designated as an issuing authority by the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia under the International Convention relating to Simplification of Customs formalities of 1924.

The Australian Industry Group has the authority to issue Certificates of Origin, and can help you with other export documentation such as Letter of Free Sale, Letter of Support for Visa applications and Certificate of Manufacture.

Export documents can be certified electronically (e-Cert), by email or post. 

Please note:  changes to documentation fees effective as of 1 August 2008.

Examples of Export Documents

Certificate of Origin
A Certificate of Origin (COO) is a document that is often required by both customs and banks. Some exporters use a COO as a matter of course, as they find it can expedite the customs process. It is a document with the exporter's and importer's details, the method of transport, port of origin and destination and a description of the goods with the country of origin listed.  Usually the COO must be issued by a registered authority, such as the Australian Industry Group. Prices for Ai Group's COO's range from $15 to $60.

For more information on certificate of Origin, contact Eunsil Hwang on (03) 9867 0132 or email

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