General Requirements - Import Guide

Table of content
Certificate of Origin
Packing List
Insurance Policy
Commercial Invoice
Customs Clearance
Bill of Lading

Certificate of Origin

The Certificate of Origin is a specific document identifying goods, in which the authority or body authorized to issue it, certifies expressly that the goods to which the certificate relates originate in a specific country (or group of countries, a region or a part of a country). This certificate may also include a declaration by the manufacturer, producer, supplier, exporter or other competent person.
There are types of certificate of Origin as follow:

- Jordan (COO form No.1)
- Arab Countries (COO Form No.2):

o Arab countries that offers PNA duty free: Unified COO (Under the Agreement to Facilitate and develop trade exchange between Arab countries
o Arab counties don’t offer PNA duty free: Bilateral COO

- EU countries, Certificate of Origin is called EUR1 (COO form No.3) (under the Association Agreement with the European Union).

- USA and Certificate of Origin is called Form A

- To the rest of the world; Islamic countries, European countries outside the European Union, America, Canada: special form developed by the Chamber of Commerce.


The Certificate of origin for all countries except the European Union is to be issued by the Chamber of Commerce within one working day and costs 0.02% from the invoice value giving that it must not be lower than 5 JD or exceeding 30JD. While the European Union Certificate of Origin (Euro 1) is issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Finance and is free of charge. The Ministry of National Economy is to authenticate the certificate of origin. And its issuance is free of charge.

Packing List

The Packing List is the document that represents the physical data of the cargo. It commonly includes an itemized detail of the package contents and may or may not include customer pricing. It serves to inform all parties, including transport agencies, government authorities, and customers, about the contents of the package and deal with the package accordingly.

The Packing List contains the following details:

Full details of buyers and sellers
Number and kind of packages; Marks and Numbers
Volume or measurements

Insurance Policy

The Insurance Policy is a Document issued by the insurer evidencing an agreement to insure and containing the conditions of the agreement concluded whereby the insurer undertakes for a specific fee to indemnify the insured for the losses arising from the perils and accidents specified in the contract.

The insurance policy may depend on the route to be used in importing and on the international commercial term of shipping. It provides the importer with peace of mind since it covers the goods in case of accidents when transferred by vessel, truck, train or airplane.


Commercial Invoice

Is a commercial document issued by a seller to the buyer, indicating the products, quantities, and agreed prices for products the seller has provided the buyer. An invoice indicates the buyer must pay the seller, according to the payment terms.
From the point of view of a seller, an invoice is a sales invoice. From the point of view of a buyer, an invoice is a purchase invoice.

The Commercial invoice contains the following details:

- Full details of buyers and sellers
- Number and date
- DETAILED description of goods
- Price per unit; total amount
- Delivery terms (INCOTERMS)
- Payment Terms
- If it’s not a regular shipment – it should be mentioned
- Country of Origin

Customs clearance

The customs clearance document is a document given by customs to the shipper to show that customs duty has been paid and the goods can be shipped.


Bill of lading

The bill of lading is a document issued by a carrier to a shipper, acknowledging that specified goods have been received on board as cargo for conveyance to a named place for delivery to the consignee who is usually identified; there are three main types:

- Airway bill (AWB): Document made out by or on behalf of the shipper, which evidences the contract between the shipper and carrier(s) for carriage of goods over routes of the carrier(s) and which is identified by the airline prefix issuing the document plus a serial number.

- Bill of lading (B/L): This is the carrier’s confirmation of receipt of the goods for sea ports or surface transportation, as well as a convertible certificate of title in favor of the buyer.

- Truck waybill of lading: This is the carrier’s confirmation of receipt of the goods for land borders, e.g. King Hussein Bridge and the Rafah border.