The general manager of Chile's Certification of Origin Central Unit (UCCO), Gonzalo Salinas, stated in an interview with SimFRUIT that Chilean fruit exporters may present a copy of the certificate of origin at the customs offices of the countries receiving their cargo. This measure will streamline bureaucratic procedures and reduce delays.
The copy of the certificate of origin may be presented in Latin America (in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela), Europe (in the European Union, EFTA, the United Kingdom, and Turkey), and in Asia (in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia).
It should be noted that Chile currently has 29 trade agreements with 65 economies. "Trade agreements offer facilities to the exporting sector to place their products with tariff benefits in foreign markets. To obtain these benefits, the exporter must present the certificate of origin," said Salinas.
He also said that the UCCO managed the origin verification processes for exported products. "UCCO maintains a computerized system for exporters through which they can process their certificates of origin at any of our 19 offices throughout the country. UCCO's certification process can be carried out in two forms, printed and digital," he added.
Regarding the printed certification, he said that in this system the exporters can prepare their certificates, manage their databases, print and send their electronic or physical applications for certificates of origin to UCCO offices.
The digital certification is operational with countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and the countries of the Pacific Trade Agreement (Peru, Colombia, and Mexico) through the SICEX system.