1920s BUREAU OF POST
REGULATIONS ON CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN

1925 LAMBERT SALES COMPANY SHIPPING LABEL
Certificate of origin #2119-21 for Parcels #42 and 43

The two parcels covered by the assigned Certificate of Origin clearly
indicated on the shipping label to conform with the requirement stipulated in Paragraph 2.
Certificate of Origin for parcels containing hand embroidered dresses,
allowed under Paragrpah 3 of Bureau of Post Regulations.

1.  Shipments of products to the United States, in order to be surely, exempt, from payment, of duty there,
must be accompanied by Certificates of Origin issued   by the Bureau of Customs. Certi¬ficates of Origin covering articles contained in mail packages will be issued by the customs examiner at the Manila Post Office and by collectors of customs at other ports of entry; for any of the articles enumerated in paragraph 3 including cigars and cigarettes. Each package for which a certificate is desired must  be prepared for mailing,  so packed that the contents may be readily examined, by customs officers.

This certificate must be pasted on the wrapper of the package or placed in a strong envelope, securely tied to the package.  A  package for which a certificate of origin  has been issued will not be returned to the sender except upon surrender of his certificate, but will be placed  in the mail  by the Customs office. When two or more mail packages are covered by one certificate of origin they should be so numbered that the contents may be readily identified from the description given in the certificate.

The classification of  package as to postage rates will not be changed by having the certificate of origin attached or enclosed.

2. Patrons in the provinces can get certificates of origin in two  ways:
a)  They can  give  an itemized invoice in duplicate to  the postmaster  at  the  time of  mailing  the  parcels  and the  postmaster  in  turn will  advise the Manila  Post Office to get a certificate of origin from the Bureau of Customs. Under this method the certificate of  origin will be attached to the parcel at Manila. The fees for this first  method of getting a Certificate of .origin are as follows:

- For goods valued at P 50.00 or less, free for certificate of origin but P0.50 is required for a United States Internal Revenue stamp.
- For goods valued at over P50.00 but not exceeding P200.00,  P2.00 for  Philippine Islands Customs Stamp and P0.50 for United States Internal Revenue stamp.
- For goods valued at over P200.00 but not exceeding P1000.00, P2.00 for Philippine Islands Customs Stamp and P1.00 for United States Internal Revenue stamp.
- For goods valued at more than P1000.00, P2.00 Philippine Islands Customs stamp and P2.00 for United States Internal Revenue stamp.

b) The shipper can  mail  an itemized invoice  in duplicate to the Collector of Customs and obtain a certificate of origin before the mailing of the goods.  Under this method the certificates can be sent  direct to the addressee to be furnished the United States Customs  official concerned, or can-be enclosed in the package  and  the package marked "Certificate of Origin Inside.

The fees for a certificate of origin by  the second  method, i.e., before mailing are free of charge when the goods are valued at less than P 50.00 and P2.00 when valued at more than P50.00.

In paying these fees the money order is to be made payable to the Collector of Customs and the cost of obtaining the same is at the expense of the patron. Foreign goods should not be enclosed in the same parcel with Philippine products.

3. Articles entitled to certificate. Certificate of Origin are used for shipments to the United States of articles,
 the growth, product or manufacture of Philippine Islands, or of the United States, or of both, or which do not contain foreign materials in excess of 20 percent of their total value, upon which no drawback of customs duty has been claimed or allowed: Provided, that the value thereof exceeds P20.00 Philippine currency. The provisions of this paragraph are usually applied to Philippine embroidered  materials consisting  of linen and cotton including waists, dresses, lingeries, doilies, scarfs, collars, hand bags or other articles  of like nature the percentage of Philippine Work on which exceeds 80 percent of the total value of the articles. Cigars, cigarettes, piña, genuine Moro brass, all native hats, mats, baskets, curios, native cloth such as Igorot, Ilocano, Pinucpuc, sinamay, Moro hemp  and various other cloths as well as any other articles produced and manufactured of native materials in the Philippine Islands.
4. Articles not entitled to certificate. Certificate of Origin will not be issued for rice, opium, or preparations 
thereof, liquors, playing cards, or other articles (with the exception of cigars and cigarettes) subject to United States Internal Revenue Tax; goods which are nor growth, product, or manufacture of the Philippine Islands, or of the United States, or both; articles containing foreign materials in excess of 20 percent of the value thereof, and articles upon which drawback of customs duties has been claimed or allowed.
In response to three emailed questions on Certificate of Origin, reproduced above the 1920's Regulations of the Bureau of Post that govern such certificates. Practically with very little change, these regulartions remained in effect throughout the duration of the American period.