Home > News > News > Certificate of Origin is not as simple as you think. You must know these 12 instructions for filling in
Contact Us
Fax: +86 755 25431456
Address:Room 806, Block B, Rongde Times Square, Henggang Street, Longgang District, Shenzhen, China
Postcode: 518115
E-mail: logistics01@swwlogistics.com.cn
Contact Now
Follow us


Certificate of Origin is not as simple as you think. You must know these 12 instructions for filling in

sofreight.com sofreight.com 2024-04-08 12:19:24

Sunny Worldwide LogisticsIt is a logistics company with more than 20 years of transportation experience, specializing in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Southeast Asia and other markets. It is more of a cargo owner than a cargo owner~

In cross-border trade, the concept of origin is increasingly mentioned, and certificates of origin, as important documents in foreign trade, are increasingly entering the field of foreign trade negotiations. Because the certificate of origin can bring a certain degree of tariff reduction, it is also called "paper gold".


What is a certificate of origin?


The certificate of origin is a document used to prove the place of manufacture of exported goods. It is the "origin" certificate of the goods in international trade. Under certain circumstances, the importing country will grant different tariff treatments to imported goods accordingly.


What are the categories of certificates of origin in my country?


In our country, according to the role of the certificate of origin, there are three main categories of certificates of origin issued for export goods:


The first type is the non-preferential certificate of origin, which is commonly known as the "general certificate of origin". It is a certification document that proves that the goods originate in my country and enjoy the normal tariff (most favored nation) treatment of the importing country, referred to as the CO certificate.


The second category is the preferential certificate of origin, which can enjoy more favorable tariff treatment than the most-favored nation treatment, mainly including GSP certificate of origin and regional preferential certificate of origin.


The third category is a professional certificate of origin, which is a certificate of origin specified for specific products in a special industry, such as the "Certificate of Origin of Agricultural Products Exported to the EU", etc.




SoWhat information needs to be filled in and what matters need to be paid attention to when making a certificate of origin?


First column (Exporter):


Export commodity name, address, and country. The name of the exporter in this column must be registered with the Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, and its name and address must be consistent with the registration file. The detailed address and country name (CHINA) of the exporter in China must be filled in.


If the exporting unit is a branch of a company in another country or region, the applicant can fill in the name of the overseas company when required. However, ON BEHALF OF (O/B) or CARE OF (C/O) must be added to the name of the exporter in China plus the name of the overseas company.


Column 2 (Consignee):


The name, address and country of the consignee should generally be filled in with the name of the final consignee, which is the notifier of the bill of lading or the consignee specifically stated on the letter of credit. If the final consignee is unclear or is an intermediary, "TO" can be filled in. ORDER".


The third column (Means of transport and route):


Transportation methods and routes


Fill in the name of the loading port, destination port and mode of transportation (sea, air or land). If it is transshipped, the transshipment place should be indicated. The format is "FROM...TO...BY...(VIA...)". Multimodal transport should be explained in stages.


The fourth column (Country/region of destination):


The destination refers to the port, country or region to which the goods are finally transported, and should generally be consistent with the final consignee (second column). The country name of the intermediary cannot be entered.


Column 5 (For certifying authority use only):


Special column for visa agencies, leave this column blank. The visa agency issues certificates, reissues certificates or adds other statements after issuance.


Column Six (Marks and numbers):


Marking and packing number


This column should be filled in with the complete pattern, text mark and packaging number of the shipping mark listed on the export invoice. If there are too many marks that cannot be filled in this column, you can fill in the blank spaces in the seventh, eighth, and ninth columns. If it is not enough, you can fill in an additional page. If the pattern and text cannot be reproduced, a copy can be attached, but it must be stamped with the seal of the visa issuing agency. If there is no mark, please fill in the word N/M. The words "Made in Hong Kong, Taiwan or other countries and regions" shall not appear.


Column 7 (Number and kind of packages; description of goods):


Product name, packaging quantity and type


This column should be filled with the general name and specific name of the product. After the product name, capitalized English numerals and Arabic numerals and packaging type or unit of measurement must be added in parentheses.


If there are different varieties of goods in a batch, the total number of packaging boxes must be included. A cutoff line (***) should be added at the end to prevent forged content. Foreign letters of credit sometimes require filling in the contract, letter of credit number, etc., which can be added in the blank space below the cut-off line.


Column 8 (H.S Code):


Product code


This column requires filling in the four-digit H.S. tax item number. If the same certificate contains multiple commodities, all corresponding tax item numbers should be filled in.


Column 9 (Quantity):


quantity and weight


This column should be filled with the unit of measurement of the product. If calculated by weight, please fill in the gross weight or net weight. If the same certificate contains multiple commodities, the quantity value must correspond to the commodity name and commodity code in columns 7 and 8. In some cases, the total number must also be filled in.


Column 10 (Number):


Invoice number and date


This field cannot be left blank. It must be filled in according to the commercial invoice of the goods applied for export. Always use English abbreviations for months. The date in this column should be earlier than or the same as the declaration and issuance date in columns 11 and 12.


Column 11 (Declaration by the exp orter):


Exporter's Statement


This column should be signed by a person from the applying unit who has registered with the visa agency and stamped with the Chinese and English seals of the company. The signature of the hand-signing person and the seal must not overlap. At the same time, fill in the application location and date. The date in this column must not be earlier than the invoice date (column 10).


Column 12 (Certification):


Notation from visa agency


The applicant should fill in the visa date and location in this column, and then the visa holder authorized by the visa agency will sign and stamp it.


The issuance date must not be earlier than the invoice date (column 10) and the application date (column 11). If a letter of credit requires the name, address, telephone number, fax number of the visa issuing authority and the name of the person issuing the visa, you need to check it carefully to ensure it is accurate.


However, there are alsoSome corresponding precautions:


1. FORM A needs to be stamped with the commodity inspection seal and the company’s Chinese and English articles. The 11th column is stamped with the seal of the Commodity Inspection Bureau, and the 12th column is the company’s Chinese and English article. And they need to be signed separately. Among them, the company seal is signed by the person who registered with the Commodity Inspection Bureau.


2. The date on the commercial invoice/packing list provided to the customer shall be the date filled in the number and date of invioces in column 10.