Export Documentation (Certificates of Origin)

Certain exports need export documents to be certified (authenticated) by a Chamber of Commerce. South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce provides a certification service for Certificates of Origin and some other related trade documents.

Most often certification of export documents is required for exports to some Middle Eastern, Latin American or Asian countries, or if your products are food or health type products, or if a developing country has a special concession arrangement, or there is a free trade agreement between New Zealand and the importing country.

Certificates of Origin

A Certificate of Origin is a document to certify the place of growth, production or manufacture of goods. It is required when exporting to specific countries, when requested by a consignee for customers clearance, or when stipulated in a Letter of Credit. Certificates of Origin are processed electronically through eCertify or hard copies can be stamped at the Chamber of Commerce office.

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce requires all exporters using our certification process, to complete an Indemnity Form prior to any documents being authorised. Template forms are below. To register for electronic certification please contact the Chamber office for information regarding this enquiries@scchamber.org.nz

Certification Fees

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce members receive a discount. 

Template forms:




essCert presents an online process for stamping and signing of trade documents via a streamlined electronic system.

If you would like to register for electronic processing via the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce please click on the link essCert , and complete the online registration form.  If your company is already registered, contact your primary essCert user. Not sure whether your company is already registered or need to register a new individual user? Email: enquiries@scchamber.co.nz.

free trade agreement certificates of origin

Free Trade Agreement documentation must be signed through the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. These include New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement and ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZ FTA). Phone CECC 0800 50 50 96 or email certs@cecc.org.nz for more information on these documents. 


A carnet is a Customs document which facilitates the temporary export of goods overseas. They can be likened to a passport for your goods. Carnets can be valid for up to a year, for multiple trips.  For further information on carnets please email CECC Business & International Trade Adviser Shirley van Waveren or call 03 335 3186.