Certificates of Origin / Trade Documents


TCCI, through delegation from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is authorised by the Australian Government to issue Certificates of Origin for Australian business, both for ordinary trade and for Australia’s Free Trade Agreements. 

Certificates of Origin are documents used in international trade for millions of transactions around the globe every year certifying the status of goods traded across borders.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Manual Certificates of Origin

To ensure timely authorisation of manual certificates you will need to call the office prior to bringing in manual certificates. 

Please call 03 6236 3600 during our business hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm to arrange.

Please note that if prior notification of a manual certificate is not received there may be a delay in the processing of up to one business day. 

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essCert is the most efficient and cost effective way to have your export documents certified.

TCCI has partnered with essCert to provide exporters and freight forwarders a user-friendly, online  solution that enables them to process Certificates of Origin with our chamber direct from their desktops.

So eliminate paper-based processing of certificates and start saving time and money today!

Benefits include:

  • Easy, online creation of documents 
  • Saves time and money on couriers
  • Faster documentation certification turnaround times
  • Increased compliance and record keeping

Contact us on 03 6236 3600 or  admin@tcci.com.au to obtain prices


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Certificates of Origin are a documentary system used in modern international trade for millions of transactions around the globe every year. The system utilises a trust-based mechanism between trading nations to prove the status of goods traded across borders, under the provisions of the Convention Relating to the Simplification of Customs Formalities (1923), which was reinforced with the Revised Kyoto Convention adopted in 2006. The global process involves an exporter making a claim about an exported good to the approved authority of their own government, which can then be used and trusted by the authorities of both the foreign government (importing Customs) and the importer themselves, when the goods cross the border at their destination.

In the modern trading era the Certificate of Origin system is now largely electronic, and enables importing Customs to appropriately determine an exporter’s claims about the origin of inputs into products for a range of trust-based purposes, including tariff reductions, anti-dumping procedures, MFN application, safeguarding, and other treatment choices. It also enables importers to use trade finance documents such as Letters of Credit, and allows exporters to receive the support of their own exporting government in the event of a dispute. 

Chambers of commerce have a long history developing the Certificate of Origin system, with first Certificate being issued by the Marseille Province Chamber of Commerce in 1898. The codification of the system arrived with the 1923 Convention, and the International Chamber of Commerce maintains and updates the international guidelines on Certificates of Origin, ensuring consistency in the global documentary standard into the electronic era. Today, over 400 trade agreements contain preferential rules of origin, further expanding the purpose of issuance of Certificates of Origin for preferential use, so that treatment for goods under preferential (or "free") trade agreements can be obtained at the border crossing.

To obtain a Certificate of Origin from the TCCI, first you must be registered as an exporter. Certificates can then be issued in hard copy or electronically (if the exporter registers with essCert). 

REGISTER: Certificates of Origin - CO4

To register as an exporter for CHAFTA, JAEPA, KAFTA, Chile or Non Preferential Certificates of Origin, please complete the following documentation:

Completed forms can be emailed to admin@tcci.com.au

REGISTER: Certificates of Origin - CO4A

To register as an exporter for AANZFTA Certificates of Origin, please complete the following documentation:

Completed forms can be emailed to admin@tcci.com.au


REGISTER: Certificates of Origin - CO4B

To register as an exporter for Certificates of Origin for Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreements (TAFTA) please complete the following documentation:

For more information, please see the following links: 

Completed forms can be emailed to admin@tcci.com.au


To register for electronic issuance of certificates, you will need to complete the relevant registration form CO4 Registration Form in addition to the CO4A form if you require AANZFTA certificates and CO4B form if you require TAFTA certificates, as well as registering for essCert.

  • TCCI Member Price: $30.50 per document
  • Non-Member Price: $52.50 per document

Note: Additional fees apply for out of hours, weekend and public holiday issuance.


The Department of Agriculture issues a Certificate of Health for food products. More information:

The TCCI cannot issue Certificates of Health for pharmaceuticals, meat, dairy, plants, fish, live animals, eggs, honey and prescribed goods.  More information:

The TCCI cannot issue Certificates of Free Sale for products which are classed as therapeutic goods including medicines, medicinal devices, vitamins, health supplements etc. 

Enquiries should be directed to tga.exports@health.gov.au in the first instance.

When do I tick or include issued retroactively/retrospectively?

  • AANZFTA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed by more than three (3) days 
  • CHAFTA - issued retrospectively/retroactively must be noted in section 5 if the departure date has passed.
  • JAEPA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed. 
  • IA-CEPA - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed by more than three (3) working days.
  • RCEP - box must be ticked if the departure date has passed.
  • IA-ECTA - box must be ticked if departure date has passed by more than five (5) working days. 

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