Certificate of Origin

Certificate of Origin

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Certain nations require a signed statement to prove the origin of the export item.  This certificate must be signed by the designated certifying authority of the country of origin.  Such certificates may be required even though the Commercial Invoice contains the same information.  This document enables the importing country to determine whether or not preferential duty rates are applicable to the shipment.

Certificates of Origin used By Barbadian Exporters

The following Certificates of Origin are required when claiming preferential treatment under the various trade agreements mentioned below.  At least three copies are required with each shipment.

Even though  copies  of completed  forms  are included in this Booklet, it is important to note that changes will occur for different products being exported.  Exporters should consult with a Customs Broker or the designated certifying authority for correct classification of items and tariff numbers before completing the forms.  It is also very important to consult the explanatory notes printed at the back of each form.

The Certificate of Origin Form A is used for goods claiming preferential treatment under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), Canada/Caribbean Free Trade Agreement (CARIBCAN), and the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).  In the case of the CARIBCAN and CBI agreements, the words “Generalised System of Preferences” appearing in the two places on the front of the form should be deleted and replaced with the words CARIBCAN or Caribbean Basin Initiative as appropriate.

The Certifying Authority for the Certificate of Origin Form A is the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC).  However, certification is not mandatory for shipments to the USA under the CBI or to Australia under the GSP.

The EUR 1 Movement Certificate.  This certificate is used for trade under the LOME Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.  The Movement Certificate is certified by the Barbados Customs Department.

CARICOM Invoice, Certificate of Origin.  This certificate is required for all shipments claiming duty-free status under the CARICOM agreement.  This form is certified by the BIDC.

Certificate of Origin - CARICOM/Venezuela Free Trade AgreementThis Certificate of Origin is required for goods claiming preferential treatment into Venezuela under the CARICOM/Venezuela Free Trade Agreement.  It is certified by the BIDC.

Certificate of Origin – CARICOM/Colombia. This Certificate is required for goods claiming preferential treatment into Colombia under the CARICOM/Colombia Trade Agreement. It is certified by the BIDC.

Certificate of Origin – CARICOM/Costa Rica .This Certificate is required for goods claiming preferential treatment into Costa Rica under the CARICOM/Costa Rica Trade Agreement.  It is certified by the BIDC.

Certificate of Origin – CARICOM/Cuba. This Certificate is required for goods claiming preferential treatment into Cuba under the CARICOM/Cuba Trade Agreement.  It is certified by the BIDC

Certificate of Origin – CARICOM/Dominican Republic. This Certificate is required for goods claiming preferential treatment into the Dominican Republic under the CARICOM/Dominican Republic Trade Agreement.  It is certified by the BIDC.

Application for Certificate of Origin

All exporters of new products which require certification by the BIDC should first apply to the Certification Department of the BIDC to ascertain if the product qualifies under the relevant preferential scheme.  For shipments to CARICOM there is a prescribed form.   Please consult the Certification Department for advice on the requirements for the other trade agreements.