eCertificate of Origin

Create, submit, and print electronically certified documents right at your own desk. Electronic Certificates (eCertificates) of Origin provide easier and faster Customs clearance and productivity gains for companies.

The North Dakota Trade Office, through a partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, offers electronically chamber stamped Certificates of Origin and export related documents. Ensure your process is compliant and future proof by enabling document verification. The authenticity of each document can be verified by customs worldwide through the International Chamber of Commerce Accreditation Chain at For full document verification visit

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What is the turnaround time?

Average turnaround time is around an hour, with a guaranteed 24-hour turnaround time when submitted during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm CT). eCertificates submitted after business hours or over the weekend will be processed the next business day.

How much does it cost?

The standard fee is $20 per document for NDTO members and $50 for non-members.

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a particular country. COs also constitute a declaration by the exporter.

Millions of COs are issued every year, facilitating trade around the world. Since as early as 1898, Chambers of commerce have been issuing non-preferential COs.

The 1923 Geneva Convention and subsequent Kyoto Convention have seen governments formally recognize the important role chambers play in this domain, deeming them competent authorities and credible trusted third-parties in the issuance of COs.

Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining the duty that will be applied to the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. In addition, COs may be needed to comply with letters of credit, foreign customs requirements, or a buyer's request.

Why is an eCertificate of Origin better for my business?

Mailing or sending couriers to get your Certificates of Origin stamped is both inefficient and costly. With an eCertificate of Origin, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains.

eCertificates of Origin:
  • Improve turnaround time to better meet tight deadlines
  • Reduce errors to lessen the chance of a hold up in customs
  • Eliminate courier costs and wait time
  • Reduce administration costs
  • Allow you to receive up-to-the-minute information on the status of your submission
  • Allow customers to verify certificate at

Eliminate your paper-based processing of Certificates and start saving time and money today!

Beyond the CO—Legalization

Certain countries, primarily those that are non-signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, require commercial documents to be legalized by the country’s US Embassy or Consulate. Depending on invoice value, embassy fees can run into thousands of dollars in some countries, so exporters must be aware of these requirements.

The most common countries requiring embassy or consulate legalization include: Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Paraguay, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

The NDTO, in partnership with AWTCC, offers this service to system users. Each document is quoted on an individual basis prior to processing. Simply request legalization service with application.