An ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet is a temporary customs clearance document that removes the need to raise bonds or deposit duty at customs posts, reducing the clearance time on importation and re-exportation. A Carnet is valid for up to one year.
Carnets are issued and guaranteed by national organisations around the world. The terms and conditions of the ATA Carnet System are enforced through written agreements between guaranteeing associations of the ATA Carnet chain and the World Chambers Federation in Paris.
There are now 74 countries participating in the ATA Carnet system. Goods that qualify for the document include commercial samples, goods for exhibition, professional equipment and other non-consumable items.
Why use a Carnet?
Saves you money
A Carnet allows temporary duty free admission of goods into foreign countries. You don't need to put up security bonds at each Customs point, which avoids the worry of retrieving your funds from each foreign agency when the goods exit.
Saves you time
You don't need to prepare importation forms for different countries - simply present your Carnet with the goods at each Customs point of entry.
Saves you hassle
You will avoid the possibility of your goods being confiscated by Customs who may require payment for the release of the goods.