The DGFT vide Trade Notice No. 12/2020 – 21 dated May 24, 2020, on the issuance of Preferential Certificate of Origin for India’s exports to Thailand and Vietnam under ASEAN. Further, the representations have been received from exporters expressing difficulties in obtaining preferential access in Thailand and Vietnam based on the digitally signed electronic Certificates of Origin.
The procedure of issuing a physical copy of Certificate of Origin (COO) by the designated agencies for exports to Thailand to Vietnam under ASEAN-India FTA is being restored. The COO applications under ASEAN-India FTA for exports to Thailand and Vietnam should now be submitted manually by the exporters to the offices of the designated issuing agencies i.e. EIA, MPEDA, and Textile Committee. The e-platform (coo.dgft.gov.in) will not accept COO applications submitted for exports destined to Thailand and Vietnam. However, the e-platform shall continue to accept and process CoO applications for export to other countries under ASEAN-India FTA.
These agencies (EIA, MPEDA and Textile Committee) will henceforth issue the Certificate of Origin in physical paper format as was being done before issuance of Trade Notice 01/2020-21 dated 07.04.2020 for Thailand and Vietnam, till further Notice.
The Trade Notice can be accessed at: https://dgft.gov.in/sites/default/files/Trade%20Notice%2012%20.pdf