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In an ever-changing business environment that continues to modernise by the second, the electronic delivery of Certificates of Origin (CO) has become essential. Many chambers of commerce offer online CO services to expedite the application and issuance process, as well as security.

Electronic Certificates of Origin (eCO) systems include safeguard measures, such as online verification of the authenticity of CO and optical watermarking technology. They also offer electronic application, in addition to issuance, complete with digital rubber stamps of the chamber and signatures of authorised officials. eCO systems ensure a greater level of transparency, reduce costs and save time among customs administrations, exporters, importers, banks and stakeholders.

eCO Task Force

Chambers of Commerce issue millions of CO each year. To keep pace with the rapid shift to e-Business and improve efficiency, eCO systems are a top priority for chambers. As such, a specialised task force was created. Its main missions include:

  • enhancing and raising the level of acceptability of eCO by stakeholders, customs administrations, banks for letter of credit clearance, insurance companies and importers;
  • protecting of the integrity and confidentiality of eCO details;
  • identifying the minimum required standards for the issuance of eCO;
  • spreading awareness of eCO developments;
  • working to host forums as a means to share expertise and experiences; and
  • encouraging the implementation of eCO services worldwide.

Australia

Australian State Chambers of Commerce: e-certify /Ozdocs

  • eCertify

eCertify gives you the most efficient means of obtaining stamped and signed Certificates of Origin, Commercial Invoices, Packing Lists and other export documents.

eCertify is used by the following Chambers of Commerce in Australia:

  • Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACT)
  • Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Fremantle)
  • Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Victoria)
  • Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Western Australia)
  • Australian Business Solutions Group – Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland
  • Australian Business Solutions Group – New South Wales Business Chamber – CBD
  • Australian Business Solutions Group – New South Wales Business Chamber – Nth Sydney
  • Australian Industry Group
  • Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Business SA
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
    Fremantle Chamber of Commerce
    Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)

“Business SA endorses eCertify as being a big step in the evolution of document certification. The ability to preview, certify/reject or make comment on documents makes the process fast and easy to use.

“Our clients need their documents as soon as possible, and with eCertify, they can have their documents certified in minutes, rather than hours. This has been a big help for them in the way they carry out their procedures when it comes to exports.”

Amy Clark Export Certification Officer International Business Unit – Business SA (South Australia)

Website: www.ecertify.com
Contact: Mark O’Leary, International Marketing Manager eCertify

  • OzDocs Express – CertConnect

Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in conjunction with Ozdocs International Pty Ltd is pleased to announce CertConnect, this ground breaking service for certifying Certificates of Origin and Export Documents has been in use by VECCI since Dec 2006. The Electronic Certificate of Origin service delivers unsurpassed productivity gains to Exporters by eliminating delays and costs associated with the traditional combination of paper and courier based certification.

Main features and benefits of ACCI CertConnect are:

  • Faster turnaround as certificates and documents become available to you within minutes of being stamped by ACCI.
  • Greater savings on courier and postal costs as stamped documents are delivered directly to you by email.
  • Express acquisition of certified documents as stamped certificates can be printed directly to your in-house printer.
  • Higher data reliability as all data is filled in by you – the Exporter.
  • Easy to use solution enabling you to obtain certificates electronically within one working day.
  • Dual flexibility of using the desktop or web-based software which ensures that the service is available “ANYTIME, ANYWHERE”.
  • A fully supported and managed service that assures high standards of service, reliability and the best customer support when you need it most.
  • Backed by the most advanced implementation that provides acknowledgment messages at every stage to keep you up-to-date at all times regarding the status of your certificate.
  • Direct integration with Ozdocs leads to data reuse, therefore eliminating the need to enter data more than once, saving you time and preventing errors arising from re-keying of data.

The ACCI CertConnect Electronic Certificate of Origin maximises efficiency by lowering your costs and freeing up valuable time and resource that can be utilised to stay ahead in a competitive marketplace. For a demonstration on how you can use CertConnect to your advantage contact Ozdocs today, email info@ozdocs.com.au in the subject line “CertConnect Demo”.

About Ozdocs International

Ozdocs International has now for more than twenty five years been providing software and services for trade data exchange and automation. For over two decades now, Ozdocs International has continuously made available to its users “Ozdocs” the most comprehensive export automation solution globally.

VECCI has been using the CertConnect Electronic Certificate of Origin service for more than two years. Since then we have certified several thousand Certificates of Origin. The Electronic Certificate initiative has delivered many cost saving benefits not only to VECCI but also to its members. Your CertConnect service is simple and easy to use.

Nadene Paul, Trade Officer International Trade, Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) – “the most influential employer group for the state of Victoria, servicing over 15,000 businesses” (www.vecci.org.au)

Website:www.ozdocs.com.au
Contact: Peter Chamings, Corporate Account Manager

Belgium

Federation of Belgium Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Belgian Chambers dematerialization of certificates of origin began in 2006, when companies could apply online for a certificate of origin. In 2009, Belgium became the 3rd European country to have a complete online application for issuing Certificates of Origin, enabling companies to print in their own premises the certificate bearing the official stamp and signature of the Chamber that validated the request.

DigiChahambers is eco-friendly with its electronic issuing and archiving possibilities. It can be integrated to a company’s ERP systems.

The system operates with a SSL certificate for securing data communication via the Internet and class 3 digital certificates for securing access to the platform.
DigiChambers has received the approval from the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the government administration responsible for certificates of origin in Belgium.

Website: www.digichambers.be

Contact: Christophe Coulie / Wouter Van Gulck

Brazil

Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations (CACB)

The Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations (CACB) has experienced and qualified professionals to issue Certificates of Origin. In addition, it has one of the simplest systems approved by the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) for the issuance of Digital Certificates of Origin (“COD Brasil”) in the country, called ECO – Electronic Certificate of Origin.

ECO is the system used by CACB associated companies and Entities to issue CO (100% electronically with digital signatures), which allows users to obtain documents in a fast, convenient and safe manner.

All 27 Federations and all the Chambers of Commerce affiliated to CACB are allowed to issue Certificates of Origin through the ECO system.

CACB has the aim of facilitate daily activities of Brazilian export companies, offering a platform in which Certificates of Origin can be issued through an online system, guaranteeing agility, safety and lower operating costs.

CACB Certification of Origin chain is responsible for the issuance of more than 10.000 preferential and more than 7.000 non-preferential COs monthly.

Website: http://cod.cacb.org.br and www.cacb.org.br
Contact: Juliana Kämpf
Email: juliana.kampf@cacb.org.br


National Confederation of Industry – Digital Certification of Origin (COD) 

The CNI uses the Brazil Digital Origin Certification System (Sistema COD Brasil), to help to exporting companies and customs clearance agents and operators. The COD System is operational in 25 Federations of Industry and available throughout Brazil. About 75% of all Brazil’s preferential certificates of origin are issued by the Industry System.

Upon the provision of the requested information, the platform allows entrepreneurs to generate certification of origin documents (invoice, producer statement, and the actual certificate of origin). More than 700 analysts have been accredited to analyze and issue certificates of origin. In average, 13,000 companies have been using the system every year directly or indirectly.

Website: www.cod.cni.org.br
Contact: Ronnie Pimentel

Canada

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Tradecert.com Founded in 2005 Tradecert.com provides online electronic CO infrastructure to Chambers of Commerce in Canada. Operating entirely over the internet, the online service requires no software installation for either Chambers or Exporters. The service enables application, certification, stamping, and issuance of EC, Arab, EUR1, Canadian, and ATR certs online as well as supporting the stamping of other documents – invoices etc. – attached to a CO application.

The platform uses online payments facility so that exporters can pay the Chamber using credit and debit cards, or through on online prepaid Charge Account.

Website: www.tradecert.com/canada
Contact: Lise Sauve

France

Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry – GEFI

Operating since 1997, GEFI (formerly known as « WebCor ») has allowed exporters to complete their data completion online, which is then transmitted to chamber via the website.

After transmission, the CCIP checks the information, prints and stamps the certificate, then issues an electronic certificate of origin and, if needed, a paper form. The exporter has also the possibility to send online his export invoice, which will be printed and stamped by the Chamber.

Website: www.formalites-export.com
Contact: Luc Dardaud

Hong Kong

Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce – Tradelink System

Information Technology Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government developed backend systems for issuing organisations to process ECO applications, which is linked to user end software Tradelink Electronic Chamber of Commerce available for applicants.

For the long term benefits of improved efficiency and competitiveness of the business community of Hong Kong, the HKGCC is enhancing the WebCO system to allow traders to apply ECO for goods of non-Hong Kong origin. The system also allows traders to create trade related documents like PO, Price List, Invoice and trade declarations, in which common data can be reused and converted in between.

Website: www.webco.hk
Contact Person: Mr C.C. Chan, Senior Manager Certification Division

Ireland

Chambers Ireland – Tradecert.com

Founded in 2005 Tradecert.com provides online electronic CO infrastructure to Chambers of Commerce.

Operating entirely over the internet, the online service requires no software installation for either Chambers or Exporters. The service enables application, certification, stamping, and issuance of EC, Arab, EUR1, Canadian, and ATR certs online as well as supporting the stamping of other documents – invoice etc. – attached to a CO application.

The platform uses online payments facility so that exporters can pay the Chamber using credit and debit cards, or through on online prepaid Charge Account.

For more information please go to: www.tradecert.com

Or contact: Michael Donnellan

Netherlands

The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce DAE – New online application for issuing COs

Companies have been able to apply online for more than 10 years for a certificate of origin (CO).

With the new version of DAE in the Netherlands (20-01-2013), there is now a complete online application for issuing CO. The COs are electronically stamped and signed by the Chamber of Commerce and may then be downloaded and printed by the exporter.

This system also allows EUR 1 and other required export documents such as invoices to be processed in the same way. Verification of authenticity is possible on the ICC-WCF verification-website.

Website: http://www.kvk.nl/englishwebsite/

Contact: Martin Van Der Weide, KCC Stafafdeling HR/ Exp. Documenten, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

New Zealand

New Zealand Chambers – eCertify

eCertify is an online system that is used by Chambers of Commerce, exporters and freight forwarders, that enables processing of Certificates of Origin from the desktop. eCertify is used by the following chambers of commerce in New Zealand: Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

eCertify is an online system that is used by Chambers of Commerce, exporters and freight forwarders, that enables processing of Certificates of Origin from the desktop.

eCertify is used by the following chambers of commerce in New Zealand:

  • Auckland Chamber of Commerce
  • Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
  • Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce
  • Otago Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotorua Chamber of Commerce
  • South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
  • Waikato Chamber of Commerce
  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Website: www.ecertify.com
Contact: Mark O’Leary, International Marketing Manager eCertify

Norway

Norway Chambers – eCertify

eCertify is an online system that is used by Chambers of Commerce, exporters and freight forwarders, that enables processing of Certificates of Origin from the desktop.

eCertify is used by the following chambers of commerce in Norway:

  • Alesund Handelskammer
  • Arendal Handelskammer
  • Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Kongsberg Chamber
  • Kristiansand Chamber
  • Oslo Chamber of Commerce
  • Stavanger Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Website: www.ecertify.com
Contact: Carman Rossi

Singapore

Singapore International Chamber of Commerce – CrimsonLogic

The Crimsonlogic initiative is an end-to-end application and certification process that allows for retrieval of information used during the process.

EbXML infrustracture applied in the platform allows the data used for application of an eCO to be transferred to other parties in a secure fashion. The reuse of information for import declaration and security checks will facilitate the process between the trading nations. It requires that all parties be internet accessible to be able to receive transferred data.

Crimsonlogic has implemented security features (e.g. invisible watermarks and serial numbers) into the process to not only protect confidential information transferred via the web, but also as a preventative measure against fraudulent information that could disrupt the integrity of the process.

Website: www.crimsonlogic.com

Contact: CrimsonLogic Ltd, Singapore

South Korea

Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Web Certification System

The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a economic organization legally established in 1884. It is the largest Korean economic organization which boats of 71 local chambers. In addition, it is a comprehensive economic organization with has 135,000 large corporate and SME members.

In order to embrace not only advances in information communication technology, but also changes in the international trade environment (including FTAs), KCCI developed the ‘Web Certification System’ to eliminate the inconveniences incurred to companies in having to visit the issuer for issuance of certificates.

Now users can conveniently send their application and print out the Certificate of Origin, using our internet-based system anytime, anywhere.

KCCI does more than issuing Certificate of Origin but also issues other trade-related Certificates like Commercial Invoice, Price List, Packing List, etc. We offer high qualified services related with trade certificates.

website: http://cert.korcham.net
Contact: Ms. Eunsuk AHN, Manager of the Trade Certification Service Center

Switzerland

Basel Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland) – E-Origin™

Import of all data needed for the requests for authentication.

Operational since April 2005, Basel Chamber of Commerce’s E-Origin™ application offers an XML interface for the import of all data needed for the requests for authentication as well as a graphical user interface to manually create the requests.

The Certificates of Origin are electronically stamped and signed by the Chamber of Commerce and may then be downloaded and printed by the exporter.

Website: www.hkbb.ch
Contact: Thorsten Hohmann

United Kingdom

British Chamber of Commerce – e-z Cert (formerly e-Cert) – i2i (Innovate to Integrate) Limited

This system has been in operation since 2000. Exporters can submit their applications for EC and Arab certificates online to a chamber who can check, stamp and sign the documents electronically and return within minutes. This system also allows EUR1s, ATRs and other required export documents ie invoices, etc. to be processed in the same way.

The only requirement for this system is access to the internet.

For more information on this and other electronic export systems, please visit: www.i2i-solutions.com
Or contact: sales@i2i-solutions.com


Tradecert.com

Founded in 2005 Tradecert.com provides online electronic CO infrastructure to Chambers of Commerce.

Operating entirely over the internet, the online service requires no software installation for either Chambers or Exporters. The service enables application, certification, stamping, and issuance of EC, Arab, EUR1, Canadian, and ATR certs online as well as supporting the stamping of other documents – invoice etc. – attached to a CO application.

The platform uses online payments facility so that exporters can pay the Chamber using credit and debit cards, or through on online prepaid Charge Account.

For more information please go to: www.tradecert.com

Or contact: Michael Donnellan

United States of America

ACCE – eCertify ACCE Affinity Program

eCertify is an ACCE Affinity Program that enables processing of electronic Certificates of Origin from the desktop, providing a streamlined online process.

Currently there are 30 US Chambers of Commerce using the eCertify solution, helping them:

– Attracting new members & extend membership services

– Providing a new non-dues revenue stream

– Implementing ICC WCF Certificate of Origin Best Practices & reduce the risk of liability

“…ACCE are proud to bring this ground-breaking service to our members.”
Chris Mead, Senior Vice President, American Chamber of Commerce Executives

Website: www.ecertify.com
Contact: Carman Rossi