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    eCertify, the efficient way to process Certificates of Origin, saves you time and money.

    Mailing or sending couriers to get your Certificates of Origin stamped is both inefficient and costly.That is why we have adopted the next generation eCertify technology as our standard to process your Certificates of Origin. With eCertify, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. So eliminate your paper-based processing of certificates and start saving time and money today!

     

    With eCertify you will:

    • Eliminate courier costs
    • Reduce administration costs
    • Reduce errors
    • Improve turnaround time
    • Receive prompt notification of acceptance or rejection

     

    Fees

    Members: $20 each, Non-members: $50 each. All certificates will be processed between the hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state and federal holidays.

     

  • There are two options to submit your export document to the Chamber

     

    Company Registration OR Login

     

     

  • CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce
    2 Shaker Road, Suite B200
    Shirley MA 01464
    Phone:(978) 425-5761
    Fax: (978) 425-5764

     

  • eCertify Frequently Asked Questions 

    Q: What is a Certificate of Origin?

    A: A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document which states the origin of goods being exported. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. 

    Q: Who needs it?

    A: Exporters. Certificates of Origin may be needed to comply with Letters of Credit, import Customs requirements or a buyer’s request.

    Q: What is the role of a Chamber of Commerce?

    A: Chambers of Commerce are recognized worldwide as the official body to issue, sign and stamp Certificates of Origin due to the widespread network of the chamber of commerce community around the world and its respected reputation of serving the business community. This came about under the provisions of the International Convention relating to the Simplification of Customs Formalities held in Geneva in 1923. Under those provisions, national governments were allowed to delegate the administration of the certification scheme to suitable organizations – namely Chambers of Commerce.

    Q: Why is the Chambers’ role so important?

    A: Since Certificates of Origin are required by Customs as one of the key bases for applying tariff rates, a chambers’ role is both unique and vital in facilitating international trade for the business community.

    Q: How does the Chamber know the information being provided by the exporter is accurate?

    A: It can’t. Chambers certify only that which they are able to verify. Certification guarantees the accuracy or truth of information contained in the document and is expressed by using the word "certified". Certification may be given for the whole document or may be limited to the position and identity of the Signatory. If the Chamber is presented with a declaration attesting to commercial details, the accuracy of which it cannot check it must confine itself to stamping the document attesting to the position and the identity of the signatory.

    Answers from the International Certificate of Origin Guidelines published by the World Chambers Federation and the International Chamber of Commerce. “International Certificate of Origin Guidelines” booklet available at http://store.iccbooksusa.net/iccebooks.aspx

    Q: Can Exporters or Agents “self-stamp” Certificates by acquiring and applying the Chamber seal?

    A: NO! Chambers that provide their seal direct to exporters or their agents are exposing themselves to liability by providing their seal without examining the documents and going through the check list. In some cases where Chambers have given their seal, there have been cases involving the fraudulent issue of certificates or the forging of certifications.

    Q: What are the benefits to my business if I switch to electronic?

    A: Completing your Certificate of Origin online through your local Chamber of Commerce helps eliminate the likelihood of errors and reduces the cost. Also key information is stored, allowing for repeat Certificates to be created without the need for ongoing repetitive form filling. See www.ecertify.com

    Q: Who is authorized to sign on behalf of the Exporter?

    A: Only the principals or their duly authorized signatories or agent. Principals include in the case of a sole trader, by the proprietor himself; in the case of a partnership, by a partner of the firm; in the case of a corporate body, by a director or the Secretary. Alternatively, declarations may be signed by an authorized agent of the principal.

    Answers from the International Certificate of Origin Guidelines published by the World Chambers Federation and the International Chamber of Commerce. “International Certificate of Origin Guidelines” booklet available at http://store.iccbooksusa.net/iccebooks.aspx

    Q: Who determines whether a Certificate of Origin is required?

    A: The responsibility to comply with the requirements of the importing company rests with the Exporter – not the Chamber. It is also the exporter's responsibility to obtain the Certificate of Origin, in accordance with the buyer's or country of import requirement.

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