The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce has contracted with eCertify to process Certificates of Origin electronically. The move was in response to U.S. exporters losing funds to impound and dock fees while they wait for paperwork delays.
Most of the world uses an electronic system which started in Asia and was swiftly put in place throughout the world by 2013. The United States of America is the only major country still processing Certificates of Origin on paper. A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that the goods in an export shipment have been produced or manufactured in a particular location. The Certificate of Origin, whether as a paper form or as an electronic document, is completed by the exporter and is often certified by a local Chamber of Commerce in that location.
The Chamber contracted with eCertify after careful review and spoke at length with other Chambers utilizing the service, which is recommended by both American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). eCertify.com is relatively easy to use and allows businesses to continue using their own software or gives the option to use a standard selection of forms. In addition, Businesses can upload a custom seal or logo and an electronic signature. eCertify.com even stores the electronic certificates for 7 years so businesses can refer back to them.
This service is offered to Chamber Members and will also be offered to nonmembers in the greater Kenosha County area. Turn around is almost immediate during regular business hours. Lou Molitor, President & CEO, said, “The ease of use is was the deciding factor. Member exporters no longer have to leave the warehouse or office to get their paperwork stamped and they can continue using their current system. Talking to other Chambers and hearing about the delays and dock fees U.S. exporters have experienced, convinced us to move forward with eCertify and help our Members operate more efficiently in a global economy.”
Exporting businesses located in Kenosha County who need Certificates of Origin should contact the Chamber office at (262)654-1234, ext-3, or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.