Certificate of Origin

Dundalk Chamber is officially authorised by the Department of Enterprise, Trade& Employment and Chambers Ireland to issue and certify Certificates of Origin.

A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained or produced or manufactured or processed in a particular country (country of origin). Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.

The type of Certificate required varies according to the destination of the goods, e.g. member States of the Arab League require an Arab-Irish Certificate Origin. The majority of Certificates of Origin issued by the Chamber will be for non-Arab destinations. In such cases the European Union Certificate of Origin is used.

Certificates of Origin are intended solely to prove the origin of goods in order to satisfy customs or trade requirements. Certificates of Origin should only be issued when they are needed, for example, in the following circumstances:

  • To meet customs requirements in the importing state
  • The customer/buyer/importer (consignee) requires it
  • To meet ‘quota’ or statistical requirements imposed by the importing country
  • To comply with the banking or trade finance requirements / letters of credit

To Register

Before a company can apply for a Certificate of Origin certain information is required by the Dundalk Chamber.

  • An Indemnity Form must be completed by the company before the Chamber can provide certification service. The undertaking of indemnification is needed with respect to information provided by the company to the Dundalk Chamber. The company agrees to abide by standard rules and indemnifies the Dundalk Chamber against inaccuracy of documents or misleading information.
  • A list of authorised signatories for the company on the company’s headed paper, (with sample of signature). The signatories will be authorised to sign applications for certificates on behalf of the company: the (pink) application form of the European Certificate of Origin or the blue & green sheets of the Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and documentation will only be accepted from those on the authorised list.
  • Company must supply the Dundalk Chamber with a copy of their company’s Certificate of Incorporation. The applicant company must be based in the 26 counties and be registered with the Companies Registration Office.

Online Documentation Service

It is possible to have EU certificates of Origin certified online. esscert.com is an online export documentation and certification service, providing compliant trade documentation to Irish exporters. Once you are registered to use the system you simply log in and enter all certificate details. Shortly after your online submission, we will apply our Chamber official stamp and signature digitally and then you will receive an email to confirm approval. You can then issue an EU Certificate of Origin right at your own printer (you will need to maintain a stock of blank certificates).

Benefits of the online system:

  • Save money on couriers, post
  • Save time as the risk of your document being rejected is eliminated
  • Maintain records of previous shipments and documentation

Certificates For Arabic Destination

Where an exporter wishes to send goods to an Arab state it is necessary to use an Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin. Following processing by the Dundalk Chamber, the Certificate should be sent to the Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce CLG, 34 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 to be officially stamped and signed. The see the full list of Countries requiring an Arabic Certificate of origin go to https://aicc.ie

Sometimes, at the request of importers both EU or Arab Irish Certificates may have to be processed manually, call Dundalk Chamber at 042 9336343 or email certs@dundalk.ie

Other Export Documents

EUR1 and ATR

EUR1 forms are issued by the competent Customs Authority in the exporting country, be it an EU member state or partner country. In Ireland’s the competent authority is the Revenue Commissioners. For certain products destined to Turkey, a special form of Movement Certificate ATR is normally used.

For further information on EUR1 and ATR contact Revenue Commissioners +353 (0)1 738 3685

New Customs House, Promenade Road, Dublin 3, D03 W2T9


Airport Cargo, Trade Facilitation Unit, Cargo Terminal, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin, K67 D8P3

A.T.A. Carnets

Dublin Chamber of Commerce is the national guaranteeing association for ATA Carnets for Ireland.

ATA Carnets are used for the temporary export of three types of goods to any of the other 69 signatory countries to the ATA and/or Istanbul Conventions.

  1. Commercial Samples
  2. Goods for Trade Fairs or exhibitions
  3. Professional Equipment

For further information on ATA Carnets, please contact Dublin Chamber +353 (0)1 644 7200.