27 January 2014

The World Chambers Federation (WCF) has launched a Certificate of Origin (CO) verification website to reinforce the authenticity of the CO verification process conducted by Customs authorities and chambers.

Millions of COs are issued every year by chambers of commerce, facilitating trade worldwide. The website will enable users to authenticate a CO by entering its unique number along with the chamber’s accreditation number.

Contact information of the issuing chamber will be available to Customs and participating chambers to alert them regarding any concerns, and immediate notification will be given if a CO number is not issued by a participating chamber.

With the strong support of members, the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) WCF International Certificates of Origin Guidelines — establishing international best practice for issuance procedures — have been implemented by chambers around the world.

In September 2012, ICC WCF created its International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain, based on the international guidelines, to which chambers can adhere on a voluntary basis.

See the ICC website for more details.