FAQ  - Can we use a UK CoO when not shipping directly from the UK?

Date: 20/06/2023
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

The Certificate of Origin (CoO) is a document used in international trade to certify the country of origin of goods. The rules regarding the use of a UK CoO may vary depending on the specific trade agreements and regulations in place between the countries involved. 

Typically, a CoO is issued by the exporting country's authorities to confirm that the goods being exported have been produced, manufactured, or processed in that country. It is used to determine eligibility for preferential trade agreements, customs duties, or other trade-related purposes. 

If you are not shipping directly from the UK but still want to use a UK CoO, you should consider the specific regulations of the importing country and any relevant trade agreements. Some countries may accept a UK CoO if the goods have undergone substantial processing or manufacturing in the UK, even if they are not shipped directly from there. However, other countries may require a CoO issued by the country where the goods were last substantially transformed or manufactured. 

To ensure compliance and determine whether you can use a UK CoO in your specific situation, it is best to consult with the customs authorities or trade experts in the importing country. They will have the most up-to-date information on the requirements and guidelines for using a UK CoO when not shipping directly from the UK. 

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