A UK Certificate of Origin is issued for goods that are being sold and permanently exported to non-Arab countries as well as Egypt and Iran.
In some cases your client may request a UK certificate of origin for Arab League States. In this case we will require a signed letter of indemnity on your company headed paper with your application. You must confirm with your client whether a UK Certificate of Origin (CO) will be sufficient for their needs as Arab CO is a preferred document for Arab League destinations. It is advisable that you obtain any such confirmation in writing to minimise any disputes with your client if the goods fail to clear Customs at destination. Please note that a UK CO cannot be legalised by the Arab Embassy.
In addition to these certificates, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce can process any other commercial document required for international trade, either alongside your Certificate of Origin or as a separate document.
What documents does Glasgow Chamber of Commerce process?
Requirements for commercial documentation
Embassies will only legalise original documents bearing original wet stamps and signatures.
Certificates of Origin issued online and requiring embassy legalisation must be submitted as “printed by Glasgow Chamber”. Invoices and other supporting documents requiring embassy legalisation must be originally signed and submitted to Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.
What documents do I need to supply as backup?
How to Apply for a UK Certificate of Origin
To apply for a Certificate of Origin and other commercial documents you are required to complete a Formal Undertaking, which must be renewed annually.
Once complete, please email to email@example.com
You will then be issued with login details to our online system essCert
Existing and new customers can log in via: essCert
DIY Method: This is the quickest way of processing documents online. Documents are certified electronically by us and the client prints the document in their own office.
Please note that in order to do this, you will need to purchase a Blank Certificate of Origin from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or over the counter.
Documents processed using this method will contain electronic stamps and signatures.
Printed by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce: Documents will be returned to the Applicant by post, or if required can be collected from the office.
Apply in person, by courier or post
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce's office is located at 30 George Square, Glasgow G2 1EQ, where you can apply in person. Click here for our opening hours.
Price of UK Certificates of Origin
Please contact our Documentation Team to confirm the cost of processing your documents. Glasgow Chamber of Commerce members receive a discount on standard prices.