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ATA Carnets

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

ATA Carnets cover:

  • commercial samples

  • professional equipment
  • goods for presentation or use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions etc.

Typical articles covered include:

Agricultural machinery, aircraft, antiques, audio-visual, catering equipment, clothing, computers, crockery, display stands, electric generators, electrical/electronic equipment, films, footwear, furniture, heating and lighting equipment, jewellery and articles of precious metal/stones, , lasers, machine tools, machinery, medical appliances, motor vehicles, musical instruments and records, office equipment, photographic and filming equipment, prehistoric relics, race horses, racing engine machinery, repair tools, rock group sound systems, scientific equipment, sound equipment, sporting goods, surgical and dental equipment, theatrical effects and sets, toys, works of art, yachts etc, are just some of the items that can cross borders duty-free and tax-free, thanks to ATA Carnets.

Note: ATA Carnets do NOT cover perishable or consumable items or goods for processing or repair.

The ATA Carnet service is available to business and sales executives, exhibitors at trade fairs and traveling professionals, such as film crews, architects, artists, engineers, entertainers, photographers, sports teams and many more. Large companies, small companies, individuals on the move – all can benefit. Sales representatives with valuable samples and businesses with professional equipment are the largest users.

How a Carnet works

The ATA Carnet is a simple international customs document with two sheets for presentation for each foreign country you wish to visit, and two sheets for presentation to customs when leaving and returning to your home country.

You give one sheet to the foreign customs officials when you enter their country and the other when you leave it. The same applies when exiting and entering your own country.

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