Automation of e-Certificate of Origin (e-COO)

In moving with the current developments on trade facilitation, KNCCI is already in the process of automation of the ordinary certificate of origin process to start issuing an e-Certificate of Origin (e-COO) with effect from January 2015.

The Chamber recently signed a Kshs 7.5 million agreement with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) to support designing and development of an online portal that will automate issuance of certificates of origin. On successful roll-out of this phase, the chamber intends to take over from KRA the issuance of the preferential Certificates of origin ( EUR-1, GSP-A, COMESA etc) through the same portal.

The automation proposal has the following processes for the e-COO;

a. Online registration of members and non-members.

b. Online application of certificate of origin.

c. Online approval of e-COO.

d. Online and mobile payment services.

e. Online verification process.

f. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting process.

The e-COO will have enhanced security features such as holograms, barcodes and watermarks with online automatic generated serial numbers. The Chamber will use automation to leverage on Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) to improve service delivery.

The e-COO will be interfaced with the Kenya National Single Window System so that the Chamber and other institutions on trade facilitation can jointly be interconnected. In the region, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture have an online system of COO on both ordinary and preferential Certificate of Origin.

The e-COO will operate both with internet and without internet due to installation of an offline module so that users can apply for export documentation wherever they are whether there is internet connectivity or not. ​Before implementation of the platform, user acceptability testing will be done to incorporate your views.

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) issues Certificates of Origin based on the following criteria to all exporters.

a. Presentation of a Certificate of Origin (COO)

b. Exporters Customs code

c. A copy of pin certificate

d. A brief company profile and products scope with company business location.

e. Company tax compliance certificate

For inquiries, contact: peter.biwott@kenyachamber.or.ke

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