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The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods for up to 1 year. The initials “ATA” are an acronym of the French and English words “Admission Temporaire/ Temporary Admission”.
ATA Carnet is issued under the terms of the ATA Convention and the Istanbul Convention.
Goods and procedures covered by ATA Carnets
ATA Carnets cover: commercial samples; professional equipment; goods for use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions. ATA Carnets are accepted not only for temporary import, but also for transit.
ATA Carnets do not cover perishable or consumable items, or goods for processing or repair. They are also not accepted for postal traffic and for unaccompanied goods.
Who benefits using ATA Carnet?
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 1 year validity.
Other users: 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, etc.
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 cost of a ATA Carnet vary by country and are determined by the value of the goods, the number of countries to be visited, the costs for security, insurance or other services.
Countries and territories
Since 1963, the Carnet system has spread from a few Western European countries to include over 75 economies: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain (Kingdom of), Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, etc.
The explanation is based on information provided by ICC.
- Tema: customs clearance: general
- Rinka: Global