The Certificate of Origin verifies the country in which the goods were manufactured. The commodity being exported and its destination determine if the CO is required. Some nations restrict imports from certain countries.  Many countries limit the quantity of goods that are allowed to be imported, or give preference to goods manufactured in the U.S.  Your international shipping firm or custom broker can determine if your shipment will require a CO.

A Certificate of Origin requires the authorized signature of the local Chamber of Commerce designated representative and the seal of that organization.  Countries require forms to be notarized as well.


Individuals requesting a Certificate of Origin must provide the Chamber of Commerce with a completed CO  along with an invoice and packing slip.

The descriptions and amounts on the CO form must be consistent with those entered on shipping invoice or receipt.  It is requested that companies call ahead to make an appointment with one of the Chamber representatives authorized to issue Certificates of Origin. This service is provided to Illinois Chamber of Commerce Members ONLY and is free of charge.

For more information on this process, please contact Peggy Hardy at 312-983-7124, or email at