Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has launched eCertify, an automated, web-based Certificate of Origin processing service, to speed up the process for hundreds of exporters and freight forwarders. The new service, provided by global trade software company eCertify, has already attracted more than 60 registrations, including exporters from Hawaii and San Diego as well as the Los Angeles area. The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 750,000 employees in the region and strongly supports global trade initiatives.
“Manual processing of Certificates of Origin limited the service to exporters in close proximity,” says Carman Rossi, president and founder of eCertify. “Now the L.A. Chamber can provide services to exporters farther afield.”
Certificates of Origin are mandatory to validate goods for export to most countries – they have been used in one form or another for more than a century, since the days when sailing ships moved goods around the globe.
eCertify has been deployed globally using a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model together with PayPal for immediate payment to streamline implementation and reduce administration time and cost. Rossi says that eCertify automates the final step for export documentation in the global supply chain.