A Certificate of Origin is an international trade document that identifies where goods in a particular shipment have been produced or manufactured. It is a very important document within an international trade transaction. The Certificate of Origin attests that the product listed therein is to be legally considered as originating from the country where the certificate is issued, this is usually for tax purposes, hence, the value and importance of such a certificate is very high.
A Certificate of Origin is typically required when exporting products to another country. The Certificates of Origin have to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and legalized by a particular countries Embassy or Consulate depending on where you will use it.
A Certificate of Origin is typically signed first by the Chamber of Commerce. If you do not belong to a particular Chamber of Commerce in your area, you can try the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Once issued, the original Certificate of Origin can be authenticated by Global Affairs and then submitted to the Embassy or Consular office of the destination country for legalization. The Chamber of Commerce plays an important role in the Certificate of Origin Authentication Legalization process.
If you are exporting products from Canada we can assist you. At Invicta Law Corporation, we have assisted many companies achieve the attestation and legalization of their Certificate of Origin for international trade transactions, also known as Apostille in some jurisdictions.