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The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an authorised body that can issue Certificates of Origin on behalf of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and is recognised by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and the Australian Border Force (ABF).

What is a Certificate of Origin?

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A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document guaranteeing that the goods being exported are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.

A CO is used for customs clearance in the destination country and, in accordance with some Free Trade Agreements, is required as part of the application for preferential tariffs.

COs can also be requested by an importer receiving your goods or as stipulated in a letter of credit.

What is a Free Trade Agreement?

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is an international treaty between two or more countries that reduces or eliminates certain barriers to trade (of goods and services) and investment. Australia negotiates FTAs to benefit Australian exporters, importers, producers and investors. To determine which FTA provides the best tariff rate reduction for your product, visit DFAT’s FTA Portal.

Yes  Free Trade Agreements in force

No  Free Trade Agreements not yet in force

Question  Free Trade Agreements under negotiation

Australia is a party to numerous bilateral and multilateral FTAs where tariff benefits are granted on the provision of proof of origin. Depending on the agreement, proof of origin is accepted in the form of either a Preferential Certificate of Origin issued by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or an independent Declaration of Origin completed by the exporter.

The Victorian Chamber’s experienced International Trade Documentation Team can help you understand which FTAs may apply to your export needs. 

What is the difference between a Preferential and a Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin?

Certificates of Origin can be categorised as Preferential Certificates of Origin or Non-Preferential Certificates of Origin.

‘Preferential’ certifies that the goods listed are eligible for reduced or eliminated tariffs under the terms of the relevant FTA.

‘Non-Preferential’ certifies that Australia either does not have an FTA in place with the importing country or that the exported goods are not eligible for preferential tariff treatment.

In order to confirm which type of certificate you need for a particular import, please check with your importer or visit the DFAT Free Trade Agreement Portal.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Origin?

Before applying for a Certificate of Origin, exporters must have a login account and be registered with the Victorian Chamber for the CO type that they require. 

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Please refer to the table below to determine which registration form must be completed:

Registration Form Required for approval of
CO4 CO6 Certificate of Australian Origin
  CO9 Certified Declaration of Origin
  Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA)
  Australia-Chile FTA (ACI-FTA)
  Australia-United Kingdom FTA (UK-AFTA)
  China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA)
  Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
  Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)
  Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA)
  Korea-Australia FTA (KAFTA)
  Peru-Australia FTA (PAFTA)
  Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
CO4(a) ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA First Protocol)
CO4(b) Thailand-Australia FTA (TAFTA)

How do I lodge a Certificate of Origin?


You must be registered with the Victorian Chamber before you can lodge a Certificate of Origin CoO.

Learn more about ChamberCERTIFY® How to use ChamberCERTIFY®
Export document fees
Export documents Lodged via ChamberCERTIFY®
  Victorian Chamber Member* Non-member
Certificate of Origin (Preferential and Non-preferential) $28 $43
TAFTA Certificate of Origin $38 $53
Certified Declarations of Origin $28 $43
Other export documents (e.g. invoices, packing lists, visa letters, halal certificates)  $30.80 (inc. GST) $47.30 (inc. GST)

*Member pricing for Victorian Chamber Employer members and Melbourne Chamber of Commerce members only.

Other Export Documents

The Victorian Chamber’s experienced International Trade Documentation team can certify a range of other export documents that are provided by the exporter. Examples include:

For more information on these services, contact our team on:

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