At a global level, chambers of commerce play a neutral role of intermediary, nurturing trust between customs administrations and private firms.
As such, in accordance with the Ordinance of 9 April 2008 relating to the certification of non-preferential origin of goods (OOr) and the Ordinance of the EAER (Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research) of 9 April 2008 relating to the certification of non-preferential origin of goods (OOr-DEFR), the chambers of commerce have been tasked with determining and certifying the origin of exported products in what is referred to as the non-preferential sphere, i.e. trade between Switzerland and the countries with which no trade agreement has been signed. These rules take account of the Kyoto Convention as well as the WTO agreement on the rules of origin.
In Switzerland, the chambers of commerce are tasked with certifying the origin of exported products. They are also authorised to notarise commercial documents intended for export. Some foreign administrations may demand that certain documents not relating to origin be stamped by a chamber of commerce. In this case, the CVCI performs a control of the entity which issued the document presented but does not conduct any material control of the document itself.