Certificate of Origin and Invoice
The two most important documents which the exporter has to prepare for shipments to the Arab countries are the Certificate of Origin and
the invoice. Both of these documents must accompany every shipment even if the goods are being supplied free of charge.
A Certificate of Origin must accompany the invoice in all cases of shipments to Arab countries. The purpose of this certificate is to confirm the origin of goods. Exporters must ensure that there is no restriction on the importation of the goods by virtue of country of origin as stated on the certificate.
Certificates and other documents that require legalisation are submitted by the AICC directly to the relevant embassy.
The invoice is the basic document used in exporting, and every other document draws upon the information that appears on the invoice. The purpose is to confirm to the purchaser the terms of the transaction. It is advisable to print invoices rather than complete them by hand. This is not a legal requirement, but customs delays are less likely if the invoices are easily read. While many countries insist on invoices being submitted in the language of the country of destination, Arab countries accept invoices and other documents in English. Exporters based in Ireland, which are supplying goods to an Arab country that originate in a third country, must still provide a certificate of origin, certified in Ireland