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A.T.A Carnet Temporary admission and export another choice of MICE organizer

September 15, 2022 | 152 views

A.T.A CARNET is the convenience of customs procedures that enable the import and export of goods for trade fairs. exhibition or conference. However, such import and export must also be subject to the conditions set out in the A.T.A. CARNET Convention.

What is an A.T.A Carnet?

The A.T.A Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods for up to one year. It contains pre-prepared unified customs declaration forms to be used at each customs border offices and serves as a guarantee to customs duties and taxes.


What are the benefits and advantages of A.T.A Carnet?

Established under the A.T.A Convention and the Istanbul Convention as a trade facilitation tool, A.T.A Carnets cut red tape by simplifying and unifying customs border crossing regulations for temporary import and export.

With the A.T.A Carnet, exhibitors, salespeople, artists, athletes, TV crews, technicians, event participants and business travellers may:

  • travel through customs without paying import duties, taxes at each customs border office
  • use one unified document for all declarations at home and abroad
  • use one document for multiple destinations and trips throughout its one-year validity
  • make advanced customs arrangements at predetermined costs

A.T.A Carnets cover almost everything, as defined in 11 annexes to the Istanbul Convention. A.T.A Carnets are mainly issued to cover:

  • goods for use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions
  • professional equipment
  • commercial samples
  • personal effects and goods for sports purposes

Customs authorities accept A.T.A Carnets in accordance with the scope of application that they ratified. The goods must not go through any changes while situated in the country of temporary importation. A.T.A Carnets do not cover perishable or consumable items, goods for processing or repair, or certain means of transportation defined under Annex C of the Istanbul Convention.

A.T.A Carnets are widely welcomed by countries wishing to boost international cooperation and take full advantage of the global economy.  A.T.A Carnets are accepted in approximately 80 countries/customs territories. The full list is available here ATA Carnet in your country.

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