Arab-British Certificates of Origin


Due to our team receiving a large number of enquiries about applications, we are kindly asking customers to refrain from chasing the team about the 'approval' of your application(s) unless the processing /turnaround time for the service you chose is up.   This will help us reducing bottlenecks and provide a better service to you.  So before phoning, emailing or coming by our office, can we ask customers to please:

1. Check our certification services levels first and if you require a quick turnaround, please opt for our priority, premium priority or walk in services in your application. 

2. Refresh your e-cert browser regularly so you have the latest status on your application

3.  If you chose standard service or priority, please note we normally send post on 1st class, if you require royal mail tracked special delivery, make sure you choose this option on your application under 'Delivery methods'.   We also ask customers to regularly check  Royal Mail updates about potential strikes, as these will affect our delivery times.

4.  When you also require legalisation and apostille services, please note these will add additional 5-10 business days to your application.  

If the processing time is up for your application, then please do email us in the first instance clearly indicating the application number.  A member of our team will get back to you as soon as they can providing an update.  

We thank you in advance for your understanding.

GMCC Trade Team

January 2023

Arab-British Certificates of Origin

These are used as documentary evidence to show where goods being exported from the United Kingdom to Arab countries were originally manufactured. GMCC is an agent of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, as agents we can liaise with Embassies on your behalf to obtain certified and legalised documents. They can be required for different reasons such as customs clearance or payment via Letter of Credit. It can also be required by Customs in the country of import to determine tariff rates.

Arab documentation can be used in the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Bahrain

  • Djibouti

  • Iraq

  • Jordan

  • Kuwait

  • Lebanon

  • Libya

  • Mauritania

  • Morocco

  • Oman

  • Palestine

  • Qatar

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Somalia

  • Sudan

  • Syria

  • Tunisia

  • UAE

  • Yemen

How do I apply for an Arab Certificate of Origin?

If you have never completed documentation with GMCC before you will need to complete a Formal Undertaking. In order to obtain certified documents it is necessary for us to hold your signature on file. This Formal Undertaking must be renewed annually. Please ensure you have read our Standard Rules.

Applying for Arab Certificates can be done electronically at eCert platform or manually by requesting a certificate from GMCC. You can find more about our electronic service here.

How to complete an Arab Certificate of Origin?

A - Use our how to complete guide or also follow the guide on our eCert platform.   If you are new to using our services, you can book up to 45 minutes one to one with a member of the team to walk you through the online application.    Email:  Please note fees apply.

Which countries do not accept electronic signatures therefore you can only submit standard applications?

Qatar, Morocco, Bahrain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia  (Correct as of Feb 2022).   Check with the team if there are any changes to this list.

Costs & Turnaround times

You can check our general certification price list here and you can request a quote if you also require legalisation and apostille services.   Please note if you do require these, you may need to add 5-10 business days to the turnaround of your application.

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