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Arab Certificates of Origin

An Arab-British Certificate of Origin is a Customs clearance requirement in some countries to evidence the origin of the goods. It may also be requested by the importing company. Arab Certificates of Origin may be used for Arab League States.

Arab Certificates of Origin are normally required for shipments to Arab League Nations. These are:  Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Prior to completing an Arab Certificate of Origin, it may be worthwhile obtaining written confirmation from your customer whether this documentation is required.  Some importers have arrangements with customs authorities where a United Kingdom Certificate of Origin would be accepted.

If an Arab Certificate of Origin is requested, this document needs to be legalised by the relevant Embassy. This will incur additional costs and additional time.

When submitting your Arab Certificate of Origin to the chamber, a commercial invoice must also be supplied. If the gross weight of the shipment is not displayed on the invoice, then a packing list with this information must also be provided. Names and addresses of the manufacturer should be displayed on the front of each page.  

If any of the shipment was manufactured overseas, evidence of this should also be submitted.

Apply online for UK and Arab-British Certificates of Origin through our e-Cert/a-Cert website. A guide on how to complete the Arab Certificate of Origin can found here.

Export document team contact & opening hours:

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Counter service (while you wait) 10.00am - 1.00pm then 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Contact Export Documentation Team on 01473 694839 or email

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