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What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (CoO) attests that the specified goods meet certain criteria to be considered as originating in a particular country. A Certificate of Origin provides authorities and your buyer with trusted assurance of your products’ origin.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce issues both FTA Certificates of Origin and Standard Certificates of Origin. 

Applying for a Certificate of Origin

We use essCert to certify your documents. Please register here. If you are applying for a non-preferential certificate you will need to complete one of the below templates and submit it to essCert.

If you need to apply for a Free Trade Agreement certificate you will also need to register to ChamberDocs. Please see below for a full list of countries with a Free Trade Agreement.

Once you have registered to essCert or ChamberDocs we will get in touch with next steps.

Free Trade Agreements and Certificates of Origin

If the importing country has a Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand, a Certificate of Origin may waive duty charges on the goods. 

Countries with Free Trade Agreements

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The Wellington Chamber of Commerce can issue certificates under the following Free Trade Agreements:

  • New Zealand – China Free Trade Agreement (NZCFTA)
  • ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZ FTA)
    Includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the Philippines; along with New Zealand and Australia.
  • The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam and the Philippines; and New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand’s trade agreements with Korea, Taiwan and CPTTP allow exporters to make a “self-certification of origin”. It is important that exporters make accurate declarations,  understand the relevant Product Specific Rules and liability of their declaration for themselves and the importer. 

Self-Declaration Templates:

Corresponding guides:








Applying for Wet-Stamped Certification

‘Wet-Stamped’ certification refers to the physical stamping of a document (rather than electronic stamping). This practice is not common and is only required for the countries listed below:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain*
  • Cuba
  • Egypt*
  • Ethiopia*
  • Guatemala*
  • Iraq*
  • Jordan*
  • Kuwait*
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Türkiye*
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates *
  • Yemen

* The country often accepts electronic certification but there are some occasions where they ask for a wet-stamp. Please confirm with your importer whether your documents will need to be wet-stamped.

Submit your completed forms to us by delivery or email Certified documents may be collected or, on request, returned by overnight courier.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce Templates

Read the Certificate of Origin FAQs and Guide Notes

If you have any questions please contact our International Trade Team at

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Get in touch

04 473 7224
Postal Address
PO Box 1087
Wellington 6140
Head Office:
Level 13, NTT Tower, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011