Apostille of Canadian commercial documents

Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

When doing business with destinations around the world, you will be asked to have your commercial documents authenticated and legalized, a process also referred to as apostille. Some of these commonly requested documents are certificates of origin, commercial invoices, manufacturer’s declaration forms, and certificates of free sale.

The authentication and legalization (apostille) process is one that enables Canadian documents to be used in another country. First, the documents are authenticated at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. Next, the documents are legalized at the appropriate diplomatic mission of the destination country.

Global Affairs Canada and each diplomatic mission have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of commercial documents. For example, in many cases the documents must be notarized and stamped by the Chamber of Commerce before they can go through the authentication and legalization process. Global Affairs Canada recommends that if you are unable to attend their office in person, you should hire a private service provider, such as an authentication and legalization service.

Avoid the delays and stress involved with attempting to manage the process yourself. Using our authentication and legalization services could not be easier. Send your commercial documents to us and we will authenticate and legalize them, often in as little as a couple days.

Contact an expert at International Documents Canada (IDC) to discuss your document requirements. Call us toll free at 1-888-433-1011, email us at info@idocscanada.ca, or visit idocscanada.ca .