Certificate of Australian Origin

The International Business Council is authorised by the Australian Government to issue documentary evidence of origin (Certificates of Origin) for goods exported from Australia in accordance with the relevant international conventions. The IBC also issue documents such as certificates of Free Sale, Certificates of Good Manufacturing Practice - as well as providing certification services for other documents such as commercial invoices, price lists, agency and distributorship agreements and visa letters. This gives the IBC international accreditation and a pathway for participation in important global supply agreements, such as Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).  The benefits of these agreements are reduced costs and priority import to overseas markets to our Territory exporters.

A Certificate of Origin is an export document that verifies the country of growth, production or manufacture of the goods specified thereon and is officially required by the customs authorities of many countries. In addition, the document is often requested by buyers to satisfy themselves that the products they are importing are wholly obtained, produced or manufactured in a particular country.

Some documents (particularly exports to the Middle East) require further legislation by foreign embassies and consulates. The International Business Council can assist you with the correct procedures.

We assist with Export Documentation

There are many forms of documentation required for export and import.  Customs, Phytosanitary, Excise, etc. while we can assist with all, one highly beneficial form of documentation are COOs (Certificates of Origin).  A COO certifies a product’s origin, thus allowing it to be included as part of an FTA.  The advantage of having a COO for an export product is dependent on the FTA, but is usually a heavily reduced, or nil import duty.  Effectively, our COO service gives a Territory business fair entry into an expanded market.

Certificates Of Origin

  • COOs are $40 for IBC members, $80 for non-IBC members.
  • COO Reissue (not including minor amendments) is $20 for IBC Members and $40 non-IBC members.

Document Certification

Occasionally, some documents such as company invoices, are required by importing countries to be certified. The IBC / Chamber NT provides a certifying service for this purpose. $40 per set of documents (free if accompanying a COO). Building New Markets.  International Market Development is much easier if you have international connections, advice, and a chance to work with likeminded businesses.

Application Processes

Certificate of Origin - Issuing procedures and requirements

  • Procedures require that exporters must first be registered with the International Business Council for the issue of certificates of Origin through a CO4 Exporter Information form.
  • Once registered with the International Business Council (IBC), the exporter must complete the required certificate of origin template details and return to the IBC office (via email) as an editable file.
  • An officer at the IBC will process the certificate with a unique COO number, before contacting the exporter to organise a co-signature and stamping on the original certificate.
  • The exporter is given one original copy and one copy of the certificate of Australian Origin. The IBC officer will keep a scanned copy of the original for future reference.
  • To register please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 08 8982 8125

A broad range of documents

You’ll find many of the official documents you require to trade overseas right here. The documents we issue most frequently are:  

  • Certificates of Australian Origin - used to specify goods that have been grown, produced or manufactured in Australia. 
  • Certified Declaration of Origin - verifies that the goods were manufactured outside Australia and is required when origin certification is requested by the destination country.
  • ChAFTA Certificate of Origin (Exporting to China) - is documentary evidence that goods originate in Australia or China in accordance with the provisions of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
  • AANZFTA Certificates of Origin - required to access the reduced tariff/duty rates on goods under the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).
  • TAFTA Certificates of Origin - Exported goods to Thailand need to be accompanied by a TAFTA Certificate of Origin in order to gain the preferential tariff rates under the Thailand Australia Free Trade Agreement. 
  • IA-CEPA Certificate of Origin (Exporting to Indonesia) - ACCI IA-CEPA Certificates of Origin or other valid Certificates of Origin under IA-CEPA are required to access the reduced tariff/duty rates on goods under the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).
  • IA-ECTA Certificates of Origin (Exporting to India) - Exported goods to India need to be accompanied by an IA-ECTA Certificate of Origin in order to gain the preferential tariff rates under the Australia-India Free Trade Agreement.

For Preferential Certificates of Origin please note:

  • The Thailand Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) requires a specific TAFTA Certificate of Origin is required to claim preferential treatment for exports to Thailand. Specific administrative procedures are required for issuing the Certificate. 
  • The ASEAN Australian New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) requires that an AANZFTA Certificate of Origin is required to claim preferential treatment for exports to the ASEAN member states (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Specific administrative procedures are required for issuing this Certificate.
  • The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans‑Pacific Partnership (CPTPP-11) is a free trade agreement between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. The agreement was signed on 8 March 2018 in Santiago, Chile. The CPTPP entered into force for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico and Singapore 30 December 2018, and for Vietnam on 14 January 2019. For the remaining Parties (Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia and Peru), the TPP‑11 will enter into force 60 days after they ratify. A Department of Home Affairs Notice will be published when the entry into force dates for the remaining Parties are known. A specific TPP Certificate of Origin is required to claim preferential treatment for exports to the above countries. Users must research to decide which FTA COO is most suitable to them when there are more than one option - for example exporting to Japan, the exporter much do their research into the benefits of either a JAEPA or a CPTPP. 

  • View all of Australia's Free Trade Agreements


For certificate of origin templates and guidance, please contact the International Business Council of the Chamber of Commerce NT on (+61) 8 8982 8125 or via email [email protected]