Additional documents may be required based on the commodity type, destination, parties involved and desired services when shipping internationally from the United States.
Special case documents when shipping internationally from the U.S. can typically include:
Some countries require a signed Certificate of Origin for all commodities while others only require one for certain commodities.
In many cases, a statement of origin printed on company letterhead will suffice. When a signed certificate is required, you can usually obtain a Certificate of Origin through organizations such as your local Chamber of Commerce.
Goods that qualify for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the U.S. may require special Certificates of Origin relative to the requirements of the trade agreement. For example, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has its own Certificate of Origin form, which must be completed by the exporter in order for the goods to qualify for preferential treatment. Additionally, certain FTAs require that the importer, not the exporter, complete and file the Certificate of Origin.
For the most up-to-date information on Certificates of Origin, visit www.export.gov
A Certificate of Origin includes the following required information: