UK Certificates of Origin

UK Certificates of Origin

We are authorised by the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Affairs (formally the Department of Trade & Industry) to certify UK Certificates of Origin and authenticate associated documents such as invoices and packing lists.

Certificates of Origin are issued to comply with Letters of Credit, foreign Customs or even at the request of a customer.

We offer an over the counter service at all International Trade Offices, a postal service or electronically via our Online Systems.


Should a customer require their documents legalised by the Embassy, we are able to undertake the legalisation process, thus making it easier for the customer and saving them time.

How can I apply for a UK Certificate of Origin?

Before the Chamber can undertake this work for any company, certain formalities must be completed to comply with Certificate of Origin Rules and the following information must be lodged at the Chamber office:

  • A Formal Undertaking must be completed and signed by either, a Director, Company Secretary, Partner, Proprietor or person duly authorised to act on behalf of your company.  A complete list of all company signatories, authorised to sign documents on behalf of the company. It is also advisable to have more than one person to sign documents in case of sickness or holidays.
  • A copy of our standard rules can be found here

The Formal Undertaking must show the company name and address. It must also show the name, position and a specimen signature of any employee who may be required to sign Certificates of Origin or other Export documentation requiring certification and/or Legalisation via the Chamber. Once completed a Director, Partner or Company Secretary must countersign the form.

The form must then be returned to the Chamber and is renewable on an annual basis.

Please note – All documents presented to the Chamber must be signed by an employee listed on the signatory list. 

Please note – Documents with signatures of unauthorised persons cannot be accepted. It will be necessary to keep the Chamber informed of additions to and removal from the above listings.

To find out more about how to apply for a UK Certificate of Origin please read the Frequently Asked Questions and Guide to Completion or contact the International Trade Team

If you have difficulty with scanning or inputting signatures, contact your nearest international trade office.