ATA Carnet

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Duty-free and tax-free temporary imports
The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary importation of goods for up to one year. The initials “ATA” are an acronym of the French and English words “Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission”. ATA Carnet cover almost everything:

  • Commercial samples;
  • Professional equipment;
  • goods for use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions, events.

ATA Carnets cover the usual and unusual: computers, repair tools, photographic and film equipment, musical instruments, industrial machinery, vehicles, jewellery, clothing, medical appliances, aircraft, race horses, art work, prehistoric relics, ballet costumes and rock group sound systems.
ATA Carnets do not cover perishable or consumable items, or goods for processing or repair.

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Speed Through Customs

  • ATA Carnets reduce costs to exporters by eliminating value-added tax (VAT) and customs duties.
  • Carnet holders are not required to post security deposit with customs
  • Carnets simplify customs border crossings and cut red tape by allowing importers and exporters to use a single document for all customs formalities

With their ATA Carnet, salesmen, exhibitors, and other business travellers may:

  • Make advance customs arrangements at predetermined cost
  • Visit several countries
  • Use their ATA Carnet for several trips during its one-year validity
  • Return to their home country without problems or delays
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Who Also Benefits?

  • Trade shows and fairs that will more easily attract foreign exhibitors
  • Tourism and transport industries
  • Entertainment industry and concert promoters
  • Sports events like the Olympic Games
  • Countries wishing to take full advantage of the global economy.
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The Cost of a Carnet
Fees vary for each country and are determined by the value of the goods, the number of countries to be visited and the costs for security, insurance or other services.
Members and non-members are entitled to obtain ATA Carnet with nominal fees. Security Deposit may differ according to value of goods and number of countries intended to visit.ATA Carnet
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How to Get an ATA Carnet
Carnets are issued by chambers of commerce and similar business organizations affiliated to the ATA international guarantee chain.
The World Chambers Federation (WCF), which brings together the chamber members of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), is responsible for administering the chain. To obtain information on the ATA Carnet system, visit, where you will find the contact details (including web links) of the organizations that issue ATA Carnets in member countries.
For any participating country, the national member of the ATA guarantee chain can tell you where and how to obtain Carnets.
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How the ATA Carnet System Works
The ATA Carnet system is a perfect illustration of how close cooperation between business and customs can facilitate international trade. Each country in the ATA chain has a single guaranteeing organization approved by its national customs authorities and WCF. The guaranteeing body is entitled to issue Carnets and to authorize local entities to deliver Carnets on its behalf. The ATA international guarantee chain provides reciprocal guarantees assuring customs administrations that duties and taxes incurred in case of misuse will be paid – for example, if goods are sold instead of re-exported. The ATA Carnet operates under international customs conventions administered by the World Customs Organization (WCO). The ICC/WCF World ATA Carnet Council manages the system in cooperation with the WCO. The Council and ATA experts promote the ATA Carnet in Africa, Asia and Pacific, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Since 1963, the Carnet system has spread from a few Western European countries to include over 70 economies. Currently, approximately 160,000 Carnets per year are issued worldwide, covering goods valued at almost US$ 19 billion.

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