What is a Certificate of Origin?
The Certificate of Origin is an instrument to establish evidence on the origin of the goods imported into any country. The certificates are issued under the scope of the Rules of Origin of any importing country that grants such concessions to tariff or merely stipulates a non-preferential certificate without granting any tariff concession.
Types of Certificates of Origin:
1. Ordinary Certificate of Origin, is a type of document that can be used to satisfy your buyers that the products exported are wholly obtained or produced or manufactured in Brunei, depending on the Rules of Origin.
Ordinary Form ( Form TRD 1).
2. Preferential Certificate of Origin, is a document in a designated format, which is used to claiming preferential treatment at lower or no tariff on trade between the signatory parties of a trading arrangement leading to a free trade area. It can also help improve the competitive edge of your exports under one of the available Schemes of Preference and Free Trade Agreements listed below:
- Form D (ASEAN FREE TRADE AREA)
- Form E (ASEAN– China Free Trade Area)
- Form AK (ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Area)
- Form AANZ (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area)
- Form AJ (ASEAN-Japan Free Trade Area)
- Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Agreement (TPSEP)
- ASEAN-India Free Trade Area
- Brunei-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (Bilateral Agreement)
3 Form A (Generalized System of Preferences (GSP))
Procedure for Applying Certificate of Origin
1. Registration of Company Factory/ Manufacturing Premises
A new company/manufacturer must be registered, which can be made through an application Form available from the Department of Trade Development (DTD), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (MOFAT).
An inspection to the exporter's/manufacturer's factory will be arranged to see that it has the machinery and manpower to manufacture the product and keeps proper books and records of its operations.
Upon successful application, the exporter/manufacturer will receive a letter of Company Registration with a reference number.
Companies granted pioneer status, will be registered automatically once they are applying for a Certificate of Origin and factory inspection may be exempted if their applications are supported by documentary evidence of their pioneer status.
2. Submission of the Manufacturing Cost Statement
Upon successful factory registration, the manufacturer can proceed to submit the manufacturing cost statement (MCS) of their product to the Department of Trade Development for verification that the goods in question meet the necessary rules of origin. The submission should be made in the respective formats for the application of a CO under the various Schemes of Preference and Free Trade Agreements. Usually, the MCS will only valid for 1 year but if there is any changes occurred within the MCS, exporter/ manufacturer should notify the Department of Trade Development with the new changes of their MCS.
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