What is a Certificate of Origin?

The Arab-British Certificate of Origin is a printed document issued by the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce for completion by the exporter or his agent. Certified by the A-BCC and legalized by the Embassy of the importing Arab country, this certifies the country of origin of the goods specified therein. The Certificate of Origin is required for the following reasons:

  • It is a legislative requirement of the importing country.
  • It may be required by a Letter of Credit.
  • The importer may want the goods to be of a certain origin
  • The Customs authorities may require proof of origin.

As a member of the A-BCC, why would my Certificate of Origin be refused because of the signature it contained?

The signature on the Certificate is not held on our files as authorized to sign for the company. The signature is not a close match to that held on our files and looks like it has been falsified.

Why is it important to check all three parts of a Certificate of Origin Form?

Most Certificates of Origin are not coated to transfer information from Original to Copy. Many companies often forget to insert carbon paper and so parts 2 and 3 are left blank. Sometimes computers use old carbon paper which gives an unsatisfactory quality of print on parts 2 and 3. They also correct the Original and forget parts 2 and 3.

As a member of the A-BCC, and a first time user of the Arab-British Direct Certification Service, what must I submit for the service to be made available?

  • An undertaking to abide by the Rules for the issue of the Certificates.
  • An up-to-date list of applicant signatories with specimen signatures.
  • A company profile questionnaire to include authorized signatories

What should I do with any blank space left in Box 6 of the Certificate of Origin Form after completion of appropriate details?

Any blank space must be properly ruled off.

Which importing countries require an Arab-British Certificate of Origin?

The Democratic & Popular Republic of Algeria - The State of Bahrain - The Republic of Djibouti - The Republic of Iraq - The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - The State of Kuwait - The Republic of Lebanon - The Socialist - People's Libyan Arab Jamhiriya - The Islamic Republic of Mauritania - The Kingdom of Morocco - The Sultanate of Oman - The State of Qatar - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - The Somalia Democratic Republic - The Republic of Sudan - The Syrian Arab Republic - The Republic of Tunisia - The United Arab Emirates - The Republic of Yemen

What is the difference between Stream I and Stream II in relation to the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce Direct Certification Service?

Documents are termed Stream I when they are to be certified by the A-BCC only, after which the exporter will arrange to have them legalised by the relevant Embassy. Documents are termed Stream II when they are certified by the A-BCC and sent by the A-BCC to the relevant Embassy for legalisation. After certification and legalisation have been completed, the A-BCC will return the documents to the member company.

In general, what is the minimum supporting documentation required for Arab-British Certificate of Origin applications?

If the consignment is of UK-origin, then the invoice is required. However, when consignments include items of non-UK origin, evidence of their origin must also be attached as a backup. The backup documents should normally include either an invoice from the overseas supplier or a certificate of origin from the country of origin.

Can an application for an Arab-British Certificate of Origin be completed in Arabic?

The Arab-British Certificate of Origin may be completed in English, Arabic or French.

What happens if I submit a Copy of an Arab-British Certificate of Origin which requires certification by the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and legalisation by an Arab Embassy?

Copies should preferably be presented at the same time as the original document. If Copies are presented at the same time as the Originals then a reduced certification fee will apply. However, if Copies are submitted subsequent to the Originals, then the full fee, as for an Original, is payable.

If the document is a photocopy of the Certificate of Origin, then the proper Arab-British Copy Certificate of Origin (a white copy printed with green ink) is the only kind accepted. In other words, photocopies of the Original Certificates of Origin cannot be certified or legalised.
Whether the Copy is a Certificate of Origin, Invoice or Other Document, the Original (or a photocopy of it) showing the Arab-British Chamber's stamp, must be submitted as a backup.

Copies should preferably be presented at the same time as the original document. If Copies are presented at the same time as the Originals then a reduced certification fee will apply. However, if Copies are submitted subsequent to the Originals, then the full fee, as for an Original, is payable.

What are the most common reasons for rejecting certification of the document?

  • Omission of the name and address of the actual manufacturer on the Certificate of Origin.
  • Omission of an authorised signature on the document
  • Omission of the name and address of the UK beneficiary / agent or representative.
  • Omission of the name and address of the Arab consignee and final destination
  • Any box left blank on the Certificate of Origin apart from Box 11
  • Insufficient backup evidence presented with the Certificate of Origin where applicable.
  • Discrepancy in information:
    • On a different part of the same document;
    • Between relevant documents.
  • Failure to present original documents.
  • Non-compliance with the different requirements of the importing countries.