Certificates of Origin

As an exporter, you need quick, accurate processing for your certificates of origin. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is here to help.

We use the essCert program, which helps exporters and freight forwarders save time and money by creating, submitting, and collecting electronic certificates online. Membership with the Chamber offers substantial savings on this process.

  • Seattle Metro Chamber members pay $20 per certificate.
  • Non-Chamber members pay $100 per certificate.

Certificates of Origin are processed Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Certificates are usually approved by close of business on the day they are submitted; certificates submitted after 4:00 p.m. will be processed the following business day. The Seattle Metro Chamber does not process COOs for goods originating outside of the United States.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a Certificate of Origin (COO)?

Some foreign countries or importers require this for certain commodities. The purpose of the certificate is to authenticate a product’s country of origin.

How will I know when my certificate of origin is approved?

You will receive an email with your documents stamped with the Chamber stamp ready for you to print.

How do I make payment?

When you click on the “submit” button, a payment screen will come up. Once you pay, the system will automatically email your receipt.

Does a Certificate need to be notarized?

No, notarization is no longer needed.

Documents Needed:

  • Completed Certificate of Origin form using essCert.
  • Bill of Lading or Air Waybill (shipping documentation), The Bill of Lading, Air Waybill number or,shipping documentation number must be listed on the Certificate of Origin under line - 5.
  • Commercial Invoice

When I am using essCert, what is the difference between save and save draft?

Save: Saves the application and allows you to continue working on it.

Save Draft: Allows you to save the application and closes the window. You can return to make edits and complete the application later.


Please contact us at 206-389-7200 or email info@seattlechamber.com 

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