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About essCert

​​​​​​essCert provides Chambers of Commerce, Authorizing Bodies, Exporters and Freight Forwarders with a secure, online tool for application and issuance of electronic governmental and quasi-governmental trade documents such as Preferential and Non-Preferential electronic Certificates of Origin (eCOs), EUR.1, ATR.1, EU / EC Certificates of Origin, Arab Certificates, USP Form A and many more, along with relevant supporting documents such as Commercial Invoices.

Today, essCert is the world’s largest eCO network, including 400+ Chambers of Commerce and 60,000+ Exporters & Freight Forwarders, issuing eCOs and other trade documents out of 21 export countries across the globe.

essCert combines the best of ICE Digital Trade's (formerly essDOCS') electronic Certificate of Origin solutions – TradeCert (est. 2005, since re-branded to essCert) & eCertify (est. 2008) – with next-generation technologies to offer the world's most powerful eCertification solution for global trade.

How it Works


Key Features 

For Exporters & Forwarders

  • Interface with corporate systems
  • Extract data from PDF invoice, creating applications automatically
  • Forwarder module, supporting unlimited no. of exporters through multiple forwarder stations
  • Upload pre-formatted Certificate of Origin PDF templates created by other systems (even Microsoft Word or Excel templates)
  • Supports preferential and non-preferential COs

For Chambers of Commerce

  • Chamber-specific branding
  • Interface with Chamber accounting systems
  • Interface with Chamber CRM system
  • Chamber Hub, supporting multiple Chamber offices or agent Chambers


For Exporters & Forwarders

  • Significantly reduce document certification time
  • Eliminate courier/mail costs
  • Significantly reduce data re-entry
  • Significantly reduce submission errors and incorrect declarations
  • Significantly reduce risk of liability & fraud
  • Receive real-time notifications regarding certificate acceptance or rejection
  • Industry standard, designed to work for all types of electronic submissions

For Chambers of Commerce

  • Eliminate up to 95% of back-office Certificate administration time, increasing admin efficiencies and reducing admin costs
  • Significantly reduce risk of liability & fraud
  • Time/resource savings by eliminating maintenance & upkeep of custom-built/legacy CO platforms
  • Increase visibility and auditability via online reporting tool 
  • Multi-lingual solution, supporting implementation in any language 
  • Add value to Chamber membership and attract new members

ICE Certify

​ICE Certify will be launched in the coming months, and will offer Chambers of Commerce and other Certifiers the ability to generate revenue from offering other value-adding digital trade solutions to their members, and will offer Exporters and Forwarders a modern, intuitive user experience.

Next-Generation eCO Technology

  • Fully dynamic and upgraded user experience providing improved optimization across mobile, tablet and laptop
  • Open Platform allowing Chambers will to offer eCOs through multiple eCO providers and connect to a range of Chamber CRMs
  • Accounting module to handle all customer invoicing 
  • Processing / Agent chamber capability enabling smaller Chambers the option to outsource eCO processing to larger Chambers while maintaining their own branding
  • Invoice-to-application tool, using OCR and machine learning to auto-generate the eCO application
  • Multi-payment options via credit card for Exporters/Forwarders; or invoicing to handle customers on account
  • Reporting/BI Tool for Chambers & Chamber clients, enhancing visibility and auditability
  • Verification Tool for third-parties plus connectivity to ICC Verification Site for Chambers who are a member of the ICC eCO Verification Chain
  • Secure AWS-hosted platform, with upcoming two-factor authentication option
  • Upcoming – add-on solutions to optimize multi-modal export processes for Exporters & Forwarders – including powerful shipping document preparation & management tools, Smart AIS vessel/cargo tracking, truck document management & freight tracking, Letter of Credit management


Our eCOs are currently used by Chambers of Commerce in the following 21 export countries. Click on the countries below for a detailed list of the chambers we work with in each country.

essCert Background

​​​​​​essCert (formerly TradeCert) was established in 2005. In 2017, essCert was acquired by essDOCS, the leading provider of paperless global trade management solutions.

essDOCS is now ICE Digital Trade (IDT), becoming part of ICE in March 2022. You may know ICE already through its energy futures markets covering Brent, Gasoil, TTF, JKM LNG and EUA futures, and its soft commodity futures across coffee, sugar and cocoa. It is a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. ICE provides financial technology and data services across major asset classes that offer its customers access to mission-critical workflow tools that increase transparency and operational efficiencies, two areas which ICE Digital Trade is similarly focused on.

ICE operates exchanges, including the well-known New York Stock Exchange, and clearing houses that help people invest, raise capital and manage risk across multiple asset classes. ICE’s fixed income data services and execution capabilities provide information, analytics and platforms to help customers capitalize on opportunities and operate more efficiently. While ICE Mortgage Technology is transforming and digitizing the U.S. residential mortgage process, which, like trade finance, has traditionally been a paper-based industry.


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