WHAT IS AN ORDINARY CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN?
A Certificate of Origin (CO) helps to attest the origin of goods. There are two types of COs, namely ordinary COs and preferential COs. An ordinary CO, also known as a non-preferential CO, is a trade document that helps to identify the origin of the good.
WHAT IS A PREFERENTIAL CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN (PCO)?
A preferential CO allows your buyer to pay lower or no customs duty when you export your goods under a Free Trade Agreement or Schemes of Preferences. To check whether the goods are covered under the Free Trade Agreement or Schemes of Preferences and the preferential tariffs.
These handbooks provide more information on the rules of origin for preferential COs issued under Free Trade Agreements and Schemes of Preferences:
WHO CAN ISSUE AN ORDINARY CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN (OCO)?
Ordinary COs are issued by Singapore Customs or any of the following authorised organisations:
Apart from Singapore Customs, these authorised organisations do also issue ordinary COs for locally manufactured or processed goods, and goods from other countries which are re-exported from Singapore. However, they do not issue ordinary COs for the export of Singapore-origin textiles and textile goods to the United States of America.
All Preferential COs are issued only by Singapore Customs.