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Certificate of Origin (CoO) is an instrument to establish evidence on origin of goods imported into any country. There are two categories of Certificate of Origin.
Government has nominated certain agencies to issue Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin (CoO). List of notified agencies is provided in Appendix-2 E.
Vide Trade Notice No.42/2020-21 issued by Department of Commerce, DGFT proposes to issue online CoO (NP) wherein the online applications for CoO (NP) will be processed as per provisions of Para 2.108 of Handbook of Procedure based on the declaration of the exporter to the issuing agency, without any scrutiny of documents. However, uploaded documents like invoices, etc. as prescribed in para 2.108 will be available for scrutiny at a later date in case there is a need for cross verification, etc. DGFT has also prescribed the certification fee @ Rs. 200 plus 18% GST per certificate; mechanism for online payment has been made at the portal.
The objective of the platform is to provide an electronic, contact-less single window for the CoO related processes.
It is informed that applicants can choose to avail CoO(NP) online and follow the below instructions:
It may be noted here that for online Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin applications, the e-CoO system shall generate a set of three (3) CoO leaves i.e. electronic, original and duplicate. The electronic copy shall bear the image signature of the officer and stamp of the issuing agency. The other copies shall not bear the image sign and seal of the issuing agency. Wherever required, the exporter may choose to get the prints of these remaining copies duly signed in wet-ink by the issuing officer along with the stamp of the issuing office.
As part of this online CoO(NP) application process, the exporters can also choose to avail the option of requesting for attestation of the supporting documents submitted with the said application, wherever required. These wet ink signed copies of the CoO(NP) and the attested documents (if any) may be collected by the applicant exporter by post or in person, for suitable submission to the concerned authorities in the importing country.
The authenticity of the online CoO(NP) issued shall be verifiable through QR code displayed on the certificate. Additionally, verification may also be done by keying the certificate number at the verification link on the e-CoO platform ( https://coo.dgft.gov.in).
The concerned Indian Exporters may please take note of the following points with regard to the process being notified herewith:
For further guidance on registration and application submission process, the Help Manual & FAQs may be accessed on the landing page at https://coo.dgft.gov.in . For any further assistance you may utilize any of the following channels —