Certificate of Origin is also called CO which is an export document to certify the country of manufacture. It is normally required by customs for tariff rates and statistics, consuls for endorsement pre-requisite, bankers and traders for trade formalities.
The Chamber provides a full range of CO services for goods of Hong Kong, China or foreign origins. Hong Kong exporters or their appointed agents are welcome to make applications.
If the goods are exported via Hong Kong, the port of loading shown on B/L will be Hong Kong that is not tally with that on the China CO. The import customs officials will ask for a Re-export CO issued in Hong Kong to link up the China CO and export B/L.
Both of them are used to certifying the country of origin of a shipment. The Chamber’s certificate bears a Hong Kong exporter’s name which is tally with other documents like invoice and B/L issued by the Hong Kong shipper. It may avoid unnecessary delay caused by document discrepancy.
It is true that your China CO always shows China exporter name. To avoid disclosure of business confidentiality, you are advised to use Re-export CO that is issued in Hong Kong and only shows Hong Kong exporter name.
A CO is only issued to a company with Hong Kong business registration. Overseas company can appoint its agent in Hong Kong to act on its behalf.
Any Hong Kong company with Hong Kong Business Registration (BR) Certificate is eligible to apply. Documentary requirements are as follows.