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The issuance of Certificates of Origin (CO) plays a key function in the global trade landscape. The majority of governments and government agencies rely on the expertise and network of chambers of commerce due to their trusted and credible track record, having issued the first CO as early as April 1898.

Following the signing of the 1923 Geneva Convention, governments of developed and developing nations began delegating the issuance of CO to chambers. Chambers were deemed to be competent organisations and regarded as an accountable and reliable third-party with neutrality and impartiality.

The ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin (ICO) Council was established to enhance and promote the unique position of chambers as the natural agent in the issuance of trade documents. This is achieved through the following strategies:

  • Coordinated and vigorous lobbying with international, regional and national governments and agencies via ICC structures.
  • Establishment of an International Certificates of Origin Accreditation Chain, based on the International Certificate of Origins Guidelines. The guidelines establish international best practice for issuance procedures in an effort to give assurance to businesses, traders, banks and customs administrations of the integrity, transparent, independent, responsible and accountable issuances.
  • Development of a series of international training programmes to improve and raise the level of chambers’ professionalism and competency in CO issuance.
  • Helping chambers in the identification and use of advanced technologies in the delivery of CO and other trade documents.
  • Call for the liberalisation of issuance of Preferential CO to chambers by customs authorities.
  • Call for the recognition and acceptance of electronic CO by governments.

Any chambers that issue COs and who would like to become ICO Council members are able to participate. However, all representatives should be trade facilitation experts, as well as members of the chamber’s staff. To learn more about becoming an ICO Council member, please contact Julie Sonladuangchanh.

ICO Council members

  • Chair

Peter Bishop, Depute Chief Executive Officer, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (United Kingdom)

  • Deputy Chair

Martin Van der Weide, Policy advisor export and origin, The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (Netherlands)

  • Members
Sandra Alana Cerqueda ATA Carnet Manager, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Services of Andorra (Andorra)
Bryan Clark Manager, Trade and International Affairs, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australia)
Diana Gueorguieva International Services Advisor, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (Australia)
Herbert Herzig Head of customs Code division, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Austria)
Abdul Aziz Abdulla Bahlool Manager of General Services Department, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce (Bahrain)
Yuliya Yuraha ATA Carnet Manager, Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Belarus)
Christophe Coulie Legal Affairs Manager, Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Belgium)
Gabriella Rangel Jorge Foreign Trade & International Affairs Coordinator, ACP Parana (Brazil)
Ronnie Pimental Policy and Industry Consultant, National Confederation of Industry (Brazil)
Juliana Kampf Chief Organisation Officer, Confederation of Brazilian Chambers of Commerce and Business (Brazil)
Zdravka Georgieva Director, Trade Register and Membership Directorate, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria)
Maria Gochova Expert Trade Register and Membership Directorate, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria),
Jean-Jacques Hermans Senior Vice-President, Member Relations and Services, Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Canada)
Claudia Pinchart Central Unit of Origin Certification Manager, National Chamber of Commerce, Services and tourism of Chile (Chile)
Wei Xu Director General of Legal Affairs Department, Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China Chamber of International Commerce (China)
Yun Yan Director of Council for the Promotion of International Trade Certification Office, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (China)
Sun Tingting Staff, Certification Office, Legal Affairs Department, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (China)
Yuchen Bian Staff, Certification Office, Legal Affairs Department, Staff,  Certification Office,  Legal Affairs Department (China)
Qiang Lu Deputy Director, Certificate of Origin Division, Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China Chamber of International Commerce (China)
Pei Ning Deputy Director, Certificate of Origin Division, Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China Chamber of International Commerce (China)
Ana Zager Associate, Business Information Division, Croatian Chamber of Economy (Croatia)
Andi Georgiadou ATA Carnet Manager, Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Cyprus)
Antonin Kerner Senior Director Trade Promotion, Division Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
Jesper Juul-Jensen Head of Sales Danish Chamber of Commerce (Denmark)
Mannik Marju Senior Counsellor of Foreign Trade Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Estonia)
Mait Palts Director General, Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Estonia),
Anne Hatanpaa Liaison Manager, International Affairs, Finland Chamber of Commerce (Finland)
Luc Dardaud Deputy Director, International Development, Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (France)
Angela Dube Director Law of International Trade and Trade Facilitation, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Germany)
Steffen Behm Deputy Managing Director International Economic Affairs, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Germany)
Edward Macquisten Chief Executive, Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce (Gibraltar)
Theodora PANTELIDOU Heads of Export Department, Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)
Antonis KavalikasOffice Clerk, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)
Lic. Carmen Elena DE KITSON Manager of Foreign Trade, Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala, (Guatemala)
C.C. Chan Director, Certification Division, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)
Szabo Hajnalka ATA Carnet Manager, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (Hungary)
Hulda Sigurjonsdottir ATA Carnet Manager, Iceland Chamber of Commerce (Iceland),
R.P. Swami Secretary General, Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi (India)
Hessameddin A. Hallaj Head of Developed Countries, International Affairs Department, Tehran Chamber of Commerce   (Iran)
Mark O’Mahoney Projects Manager, Chambers Ireland (Ireland)
Richard Brown Export Services Manager, Dublin Chamber of Commerce (Ireland)
Mali Levi ATA Carnet Manager, TEL-AVIV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (Israel)
Alessandra Procesi Foreign Trade Department, Unioncamere Italia (Italy)
Joelle Koffi Directeur General Adjoint, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Ivory Coast (Ivory Coast)
Kazuo Nishitani Project General Manager, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Japan)
Takeshi Akagi Manager in Chief, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Japan)
Hala Khasawneh Deputy General Manager, Jordan Chamber of Commerce (Jordan)
Park Jong-Kab Executive Director, Public Business Division, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Korea)
Heon-Bae Andrew Lee Director, Trade Certification Service Center, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Korea)
Eunsuk Han Manager, Trade Certification Service Center, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Korea)
Musab N. AL Khaled Assistant Director, Registration Department, Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kuwait)
Viesturs Kocins Head of Foreign Trade Document Department, Latvia Chamber of Commerce (Latvia)
Rabih Sabra Director General, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (Lebanon)
Wissam Hossari Head of ATA and TIR Department, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (Lebanon)
Karin Niederhauser Certification Service, Liechtensteinische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
Elvyra Jablonskiene Expert, Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (Lithuania)
Vytautas Sileikis Director General, Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (Lithuania)
Gerard Eischen Director Entrepreneurship and SME Services, Chambre de Commerce du Grand-Duche de Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Carlo Thelen General Director, Chambre de Commerce du Grand-Duche de Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Lazo Angelevski ATA Carnet Manager, Economic Chamber of Macedonia, (Macedonia)
Lantomanana Andriamahery General Director, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie d’Antananarivo (Madagascar)
Yeoh Oon Tean Corporate Employment Officer, FMM (Malaysia)
Johanna Calleja Membership Services Executive, Malta Chamber of Commerce and Entreprise (Malta)
Roman Vidal Tamayo Director of Foreign Trade, Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Mexico)
Mauricio Avendano Castellon ATA Carnet Manager, Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Mexico)
Cecilia Hernandez Calzadilla Certificates of Origin Manager, Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Mexico)
Tsetsegmaa Chuluunbat Head of Export Promotion and Development Division, Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Mongolia)
Henk Wit ATA Carnet Manager, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (Netherlands)
Kim Barnett Export Documentation Coordinator, Auckland Chamber of Commerce (New Zealand)
Lars Legernes Managing Director, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
Sissel Skogly Adviser, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
Rune Rolfsen Head of Administration and Finance, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (Norway)
Nerissa De Luyon Certificate of Origins Officer, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Philippines)
Wojciech Januszko Director, Legalization Department, Certification and ATA Carnet Bureau, Polish Chamber of Commerce (Poland)
Zbigniew Sokolowski Deputy Director, Legalization Department, Polish Chamber of Commerce (Poland)
Bruno Mourao Martins ATA Carnets and Certificate of Origins Department Manager, Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Portugal)
Joao Paes Cabral Director Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Portugal)
Saleh Al-Sharqi Director General, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Qatar)
Gaibu Nicolai Director of the Department of Examination, Evaluation and Certification, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova (Republic of Moldova)
Viorica Andrei ATA Carnet Officer, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (Romania)
Anatoly Mayantsev Chief Expert, Manager of Promoting Foreign Trade, Law Department, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (Russia)
Ju Song Lee Adviser, Trade Facilitation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (Singapore)
Juraj Knopp Specialist Customs, Certificates of Origin, Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Slovak Republic)
Eva Zontar Head of Public Documents Department, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (Slovenia)
Glennalee Hayselden International Services Coordinator, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (South Africa)
Elsa Salvadores Janssen Foreign Trade and International Development, Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Spain)
Ana Rubio Montane Coordinator/Manager,  Superior Council of Chamber of Commerce,  Industry and Maritime (Spain)
Keerthi Gunawardane Chairman, ICC Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)
Per Anders Lorentzon Senior Adviser, International Trade, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden (Sweden)
Fredrick EdholmSenior Trade Advisor, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Sweden)
Ulrika SvartsTrade Documents,  Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Sweden)
Mikael SarneTrade Documents, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Sweden)
Peter Gantenbein Managing Director Export, Berne Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland)
Sybille PlussDeputy Director, President Swiss Committee of Origin, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (Switzerland)
Vincent SubiliaDeputy Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services
Ayse Mehtap EKİNCİForeign Trade Department, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (Turkey)
Kubilay Simsek Foreign Trade Expert, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (Turkey)
Neonila Tkachenko Head of Certification of Origin and Inspection of Goods Department, Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Atiq Juma Nasib Senior Vice President, Commercial Services, Dubai Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (United Arab Emirates)
Dawood MohammedSenior Executive, Commercial Services, Dubai Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (United Arab Emirates)
Saeed Al Harthi Membership and Documentation Services Manager, Dubai Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (United Arab Emirates)
Hamad Buamim President and Corporate Employment Officer, Dubai Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (United Arab Emirates)
Basil Al Awami Director of External Relations, Federation of GCC Chambers (United Arab Emirates)
Abdurahim Naqi Secretary General, Federation of GCC Chambers (United Arab Emirates)
Ronan Quigley Executive Director, Corporate Services, British Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)
Paul Wrighting Documentation and Trade Training Manager,  British Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)
Wendy Fichter President,  American World Trade Chamber of Commerce (United States)
Tim Norris Export Compliance Coordinator,  Northern Kentucky Chamber Chamber of Commerce (United States)
Tran Thi Thu Huong Director of Center for Certifying Commercial Documents, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Vietnam)