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How it Works

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Where to eCertify

Exporters & Freight Forwarders can register at any of the essCert Chambers of Commerce or Certification Bodies here.​​​​

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Exporters & Forwarders Apply & Submit

There are a number of ways for Exporters or Freight Forwarders to create and submit a Certificate of Origin application for certification:

  1. Web Submit: Draft CoO in essCert or upload PDF CoO and supporting docs as PDF & submit via essCert web-interface & collect back via Web App
     
  2. API Submit: Draft CoO in ERP, TMS, DocPrep, GTM solutions and submit with supporting PDFs via essCert API & collect back via API
     
  3. PDF Submit:  Draft CoO in ERP or DocPrep solution, submit PDF CoO and supporting PDFs via email & collect back via email
     

Certifiers Manage Applications via the essCert Web Interface

Chambers of Commerce and other Certifying Bodies manage applications as follows:

  • Payments managed by Credit Card, On Account or Invoice, option to interface to CRM & Billing systems
  • Accept / reject applications via web-interface
  • Single-Click stamp/certify or complete control over positioning, size, colour, font of signatures + stamps
     

Collecting Certified Docs

Exporters & Forwarders can collect certified documents by requesting:

  1. Digital Return, or
     
  2. Print+Post, or
     
  3. Print+Collect
     

Note: options available may vary depending on the Chamber of Commerce / Certifying Body, certificate type, and local regulations.
 


Printing or Forwarding

Applicants who use Digital Return will receive signed/stamped certified documents.
 


Verifying Certified Docs

Customs or Counterparties can verify essCert-certified docs as follows:

  1. essCert Verify: using the essCert Online Verification Tool
     
  2. ICC CO Verify: using the ICC's Online CO Verification Tool, provided that the issuing Chamber is part of the ICC CO Accreditation Chain
     

Adoption Timeline

Chambers of Commerce or other Certifying Bodies adopting essCert Express with a standard CO template can be setup and start testing within a few days.

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Security

Key essCert 4.0 Security Features include:

  1. Blockchain / DLT to ensure auditability and immutability
     
  2. Data encryption in transit and at rest
     
  3. Optional 2FA using TOTP to strengthen access controls
     
  4. SAML single-sign-on to ease, secure access and align with corporate-wide security policies
     
  5. Annual third-party security audits
     

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