Certificate of Origin

Certificate of origin
A Certificate of Origin (CO) identifies the country where exported goods originated. They are issued by a government authority or other body such as the Victorian Chamber.

About the Certificate of Origin

Many countries require their import documents to include a CO. It may be required by overseas buyers, those receiving your goods, or international customs authorities. They may also require supporting documentation such as commercial invoices or other documents that must be endorsed by a chamber of commerce.

We are the only organisation in Victoria that is authorised by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to issue these certificates.

Each free trade agreement (FTA) has its own registration process and CO – find out more about the FTAs with certain ASEAN countriesChina, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

For further information, download the CO explanatory notes (PDF, 183KB).

Exporter registration process

Please complete the exporter information form (DOC, 106KB) and submit it to us by post or in person (details below). When completing the form, include all signatories who are authorised to sign the CO on behalf of your business. With your company details and authorised signatories on record, you can obtain CO in the future.

Please note: for each FTA there is a different export registration form.

Getting a Certificate of Origin

You must fulfil the following requirements:

  • The CO must be typed
  • Evidence of origin (such as copies of invoices, bills of lading, letters of credit, or statutory declarations) must be supplied before documents are stamped
  • You must sign all export documents on the bottom left-hand side (under the exporter’s declaration) before submitting them for authentication

How to submit your documents

You can use our online certification system or our partner providers, CertConnect and eCertify for CO services. Find out more about online export documentation.

You can submit your documents at the address supplied below. Please ensure a stamped, self-addressed envelope is supplied.

Postal address
Export Documentation Services
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
GPO Box 4352
Melbourne, VIC 3001

Export Documentation Services
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Level 2, 150 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Enter via the main foyer on Russell Street, near the corner of Collins and Russell Streets. Please report to the concierge to gain access to Level 2.

Business hours
Business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. You may experience some delay in service between 12-2pm.

If you get stuck completing export documentation, know that you can contact the Victorian Chamber for support.