Certificates of Origin

Dundalk Chamber is officially authorised by the Department of Enterprise, Trade& Employment and Chambers Ireland to issue and certify Certificates of Origin.

A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained or produced or manufactured or processed in a particular country (country of origin). Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.

The type of Certificate required varies according to the destination of the goods, e.g. member States of the Arab League require an Arab-Irish Certificate Origin. The majority of Certificates of Origin issued by the Chamber will be for non-Arab destinations. In such cases the European Union Certificate of Origin is used.

Certificates of Origin are intended solely to prove the origin of goods in order to satisfy customs or trade requirements.  Certificates of Origin should only be issued when they are needed, for example, in the following circumstances:

  • To meet customs requirements in the importing state
  • The customer/buyer/importer (consignee) requires it
  • To meet ‘quota’ or statistical requirements imposed by the importing country
  • To comply with the banking or trade finance requirements / letters of credit

Before a company can apply for a Certificate of Origin certain information is required by the Dundalk Chamber.

  • An Indemnity Form must be completed by the company before the Chamber can provide certification service. The undertaking of indemnification is needed with respect to information provided by the company to the Dundalk Chamber. The company agrees to abide by standard rules and indemnifies the Dundalk Chamber against inaccuracy of documents or misleading information. A copy of the Indemnity form is available from Dundalk Chamber and is renewed annually.
  • A list of authorised signatories for the company on the company’s headed paper, (with sample of signature). The signatories will be authorised to sign applications for certificates on behalf of the company: the (pink) application form of the European Certificate of Origin or the blue & green sheets of the Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and documentation will only be accepted from those on the authorised list.
  • Non-members of Dundalk Chamber must supply the Chamber with a banker’s reference. This must confirm that the company maintains an account with the bank.
  • All Companies must supply the Dundalk Chamber with a copy of their company’s Certificate of Incorporation. The applicant company must be based in the 26 counties and be registered with the Companies Registration Office.

For queries or to request an indemnity form email certs@dundalk.ie

It is possible to have EU and Arab certificates of Origin and additional export documents certified online.  Export companies registered with the Dundalk Chamber, you will receive access to the esscert.com which is an online export documentation and certification service portal, providing compliant trade documentation to Irish exporters.

Once you are registered to use the system you simply log in and enter all certificate details. Shortly after your online submission, we will apply our Chamber official stamp and signature digitally and then you will receive an email to confirm approval. You can then issue an EU Certificate of Origin/Arab Certificate of Origin right at your own printer (you will need to maintain a stock of blank certificates).

Benefits of the online system:

  • Save money on couriers, post
  • Save time as the risk of your document being rejected is eliminated
  • Maintain records of previous shipments and documentation

For further information go to esscert.com

The JA-ICC is responsible for the checking, certification and legalisation of commercial documents for the Arab markets. The Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin should be used for the 19 Arab countries represented by JA-ICC:

  • Democratic & Popular Republic of Algeria
  • State of Bahrain
  • Republic of Iraq
  • Republic of Djibouti
  • Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • State of Kuwait
  • Republic of Lebanon
  • Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  • Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Kingdom of Morocco
  • Sultanate of Oman
  • State of Qatar
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Somali Democratic Republic
  • Republic of Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Republic of Yemen
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Republic of Sudan

The Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin is issued by the JA-ICC directly to its members and is also distributed through the local Chamber network throughout Ireland for non members. JA-ICC Certificates of Origin must be certified by the JA-ICC following completion by the exporter. When there is a requirement for certificates and other documents to also be legalised, the JA-ICC will arrange this with the relevant Arab embassy. The Certificate of Origin is required for the following reasons:

It is a legislative requirement of the importing Arab country.
To comply with Letter of Credit or banking requirements
It is proof of origin for importer
To meet customs authorities requirements

Certificates of Origin can be accepted in Arabic and French. If your certificate is in either of these languages, please provide an English translation. Non-members: Certificates of Origin can be purchased directly from your local Chamber of Commerce. All documents must be stamped by your local Chamber before submitting to the JA-ICC.

For further information on the import requirements of the Arab states represented by the JA-ICC, please refer to the JA-ICC website: www.jaicc.ie


An EUR1 certificate is used to proof the origin of goods moving into the European Union (EU) territory. The certificate allows traders to import goods from certain countries at a reduced rate or without paying any duty.  EUR1 forms are issued by the competent Customs Authority in the exporting country, be it an EU member state or partner country.

ATR – Admission Temporaire Roulette

An ATR (Admission Temporaire Roulette) certificate is a customs certificate for the movement of certain products. and grants preferential rates of duty (mostly zero) for imports and exports between the European Union and Turkey.   In Ireland’s the competent authority for issuing ATR is the Revenue Commissioners.

For further information on EUR1 and ATR contact Revenue Commissioners +353 (0)1 738 3685

New Customs House, Promenade Road, Dublin 3, D03 W2T9


Airport Cargo, Trade Facilitation Unit, Cargo Terminal, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin, K67 D8P3

A.T.A. Carnets

Dublin Chamber of Commerce is the national guaranteeing association for ATA Carnets for Ireland.

ATA Carnets are used for the temporary export of three types of goods to any of the other 69 signatory countries to the ATA and/or Istanbul Conventions.

  1. Commercial Samples
  2. Goods for Trade Fairs or exhibitions
  3. Professional Equipment

For further information on ATA Carnets, please contact Dublin Chamber +353 (0)1 644 7200.

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