How to fill out the Exporter's Statement of Origin Form. Goods are manufactured in China but exported from UK to Canada.

Question posted by Paul Gooch, on behalf of iAngler Ltd in BR2

I need to fill out the exporters statement of origin form for a customer in Canada. The forms states:

I certify that the goods described in this invoice were produced in the beneficiary country of ________ and that at least________% of the ex-factory price of the goods originates in the beneficiary country of__________.

I need to understand what I put into the blanks. The goods are originally manufactured in China and shipped to the UK. We would then be sending the goods from the UK to Canada.

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

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Gilda Carbone, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Canada in Toronto, Canada.

Hi Paul: As the goods appear to be only transiting the UK and no-value add is done there, I believe the paperwork should be filled out as follows:
'I certify that the goods described in this invoice were produced in the beneficiary country of CHINA and that at least 100% of the ex-factory price of the goods originates in the beneficiary country of CHINA'.

However, I would advise you review the Canada Border Services Agency webiste regarding importing products into Canada and you may want to varify your particular circumstances directly with CBSA. Contact info available at As CBSA has the final decision on products entering Canada and applicable duty rates based on country of origin, I strongly encourage you to verify the above information.

If you have further queries about ongoing business in Canada and how we can help, please let me know -

Kind regards,


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Hi Paul,

Gilda is quite right, so long as the goods are only transiting through the UK and nothing is being added or taken away from the goods then you will put it exactly as Gilda says.
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Paul Gooch, on behalf of iAngler Ltd in BR2.

Wow! Brilliant, thanks guys. This is really great advice and info. Thanks for coming back to me so quickly. I can now continue and start learning the Canadian Invoices Format.

Kind regards

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Sandra Strong, on behalf of Strong and Herd LLP in M22.

Hi Paul - not to take away from anything above but the statement they have asked for uses the phrase "beneficiary country". A Beneficiary country indicates that this statement will be used at import into Canada as a statement that the goods qualify for preference under an Free Trade Agreement and the country of origin. In your case China does not have a FTA with Canada so the statement should not be requested though an origin statement would be ok - ie remove the word Beneficiary. I have posted this because if the goods were made in, say Israel or Switzerland it would enable the importer into Canada to claim a zero duty rate and obviously you are not aware of the the terms of the Canada-Israel FTA. If Canada did have a FTA with China there would be a restriction on the value of foreign (not Chinese). So here you say the goods are 100% Chinese - do you know this as a substantiated fact? Could the Chinese have imported some raw materials of components from other countries. If the goods are made in China then they will be Chinese Origin (nationality) by they will not automatically qualify for preference under a FTA, So caution - knows the definition of the words you use in statements.

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Dear Mr Gooch

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting are given in HMRC Public Notice 275. Information regarding Suppliers Declarations can be found in Section 8 of HMRC Public notice 827.

All notices can be found on our website under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

Kind regards

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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