Export & Certification

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The international export documentation process often requires documents be certified by a member of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.

You will know if documents need certification by the Chamber from details on your Letter of Credit or from instructions received from the importer. 

Be sure to check the details you have received carefully or discuss directly with the importer to ensure you meet requirements correctly the first time.

As a guideline, certification is often required:

  • If you are exporting to some Middle Eastern or Latin American countries,
  • If you are exporting particular foodstuffs and related products
  • If a developing country has a special concession arrangement; or
  • If New Zealand has a free trade or bilateral agreement with the country to which you are exporting.

Export certs over the Christmas / New Year’s break – 2021

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce team will be operating limited hours for wet stamping over the Christmas / New Year’s period. 

We will be operating as usual until 4pm on December 23, at which time our offices will be closed. 

From December 24, these are the dates & times we will be operating: 

  • December 24, 29, 30, 31 from 10am to 12pm 
  • January 5, 6, 7 from 10am to 12pm 

Please ensure you call the certs phone on (021) 0868 8115 to arrange stamping during the times and dates above.

Do not arrive at the Chamber office as we will be closed. 

Types of Export Documents

Certificate of Origin

A document to certify the place of growth, production or manufacture of goods. Required when exporting to specific countries, when requested by a consignee for customs clearance, or when stipulated in a Letter of Credit.

New Certificate of Origin Templates 

The Certificate of Origin template has been updated in eCertify. This means any client submitting via eCert Webdocs will automatically be using the new template. 
We wish to encourage all clients submitting wet-stamped documents via the Chamber or the online eCert Submit method to use the new template going forwards. 

All electronically certified Certificates of Origin using the new template now bear the International Chamber of Commerce Accreditation seal and can be verified online.

PLEASE NOTE, the only countries still requesting wet-stamped documents are: 
Certificates of Origin and related export documents for exports to Algeria, Bahrain*, Cuba, Egypt*, Ethiopia*, Guatemala*, Iraq*, Jordan*, Kuwait*, Lebanon, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey*, Yemen and UAE*. 
* These countries are known to accept electronically certified documents without issue, so it is worth checking if a wet-stamp is required.

Any queries, please contact documents@chamber.co.nz

Need help? Check out these links:

Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin

China FTA Certificate of Origin

New Zealand exporters seeking tariff preference under the New Zealand-China FTA will be required to have a China Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin accompany their consignment.
The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce have extensive experience with the certification of preferential FTA Certificates of Origin and can provide exporters with the support and resources they need to capitalise on the China FTA.
Please register on the two websites below which facilitate this service:

AANZFTA (ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand) FTA Certificate of Origin

In order to take advantage of preferential access that AANZFTA offers, exporters require an AANZFTA Certificate of Origin certified by an approved body.
The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce have extensive experience with the certification of preferential FTA Certificates of Origin and can provide exporters with the support and resources they need to capitalise on the AANZFTA.
Please register on the two websites below which facilitate this service:

Certificate of Free Sale / Certificate of Manufacture

These forms seek assurances from a governmental agency that the associated products offered for entry into their country comply with the requirements of the New Zealand laws of distribution in our domestic market. These certificates can also be referred to as “Certificate of Export”, or “Certificate of Foreign Governments”.

Carnet

A carnet is a Customs document that facilitates the temporary export of goods overseas, and is valid for up to one year. A Carnet is like a passport for your goods. Carnets are issued and guaranteed by national organisations around the world. The Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce is the sole guaranteeing and issuing association for New Zealand.
Contact the Carnet desk on 0508 CARNET (0508 227 638) or click here for further information.

Changes with Brexit

From 1 January 2021 the UK will be an independent market and separate customs jurisdiction to the European single market and customs union. The EU and UK are yet to conclude a Free Trade Agreement. Whilst existing conditions for trade access to the EU and Northern Ireland, for third countries, such as New Zealand, continues, there are some important factors to consider. 

For New Zealand exports to England, Scotland and Wales there will be new registration systems for standards, customs, and sanitary/phyto-sanitary regulation.

Click here to read more and prepare for the changes. 

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