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Introduction to ATA-Carnets

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

ATA Carnet stands for Admission Temporaire or Temporary Admission

Introduction to ATA Carnets

ATA Carnet stands for Admission Temporaire or Temporary Admission Carnet. Private travellers and corporations can use the ATA Carnet as an international customs document in more than 70 different nations. A temporary export of commercial samples, items for trade shows or exhibitions, and professional equipment is permitted by an ATA Carnet to nations that are a part of the system.

Non-perishable items can be temporarily transported between nations without incurring customs duties due to the Carnet. For products, the ATA Carnet serves as a passport. By enabling the use of a single document for clearing goods through customs in the countries that are a part of the ATA Carnet system, it streamlines the formalities associated with customs. months to any of the requested locations. An ATA Carnet is valid for 1 year and the commodities listed on an ATA Carnet may be transported as frequently as necessary during the course of a year to any of the destinations requested.

An ATA Carnet, also known as an Admission Temporaire, can be purchased and used for the following purposes or business activities:

  1. exporting goods temporarily for use outside of the UK

  2. claim relief under temporary admission for goods you bring into the UK for a limited time.

  3. pay for the transit of goods via specific nations en route to temporary use countries

You will not be responsible for paying customs duties if you use the ATA Carnet since it:

  1. simplifies the process of getting your goods through customs in both exporting and importing countries; it takes the place of the customs forms you would typically have to fill out.

  2. provides security for significant upside customs duties on goods that you’ll use in the countries you visit.

  3. does not require a customs declaration; nevertheless, form C21, an import and export customs clearance request, may be required to contain goods that are imported or exported as freight.

Who can use an ATA Carnet

A carnet can be used by both individuals and organisations, and it will either:

  1. the holder — the carnet’s front cover will bear the name of the holder.

  2. a representative — Box B of the carnet or the authorization letter will contain their name.

How to apply

You can reach out to tradePhlo to apply for ATA Carnets directly. 

The holders of ATA Carnets are still required to obtain any relevant export licences or permissions. When temporarily transporting goods between the UK and the EU after January 2021, ATA Carnets will be one of the options accessible to both individuals and businesses.

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