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Temporary Importation: Temporary Admission or ATA Carnet?

Updated: Feb 5

Explore temporary goods importation options in Ireland and Northern Ireland: Temporary Admission (TA) for streamlined processes or the ATA Carnet for flexibility. Discover which suits your needs and learn from tradePhlo's experts for a seamless experience. Make informed choices for hassle-free temporary importation.


In the realm of international trade, the temporary importation of goods plays a crucial role in various industries. When goods need to be transported into regions like Ireland or Northern Ireland for temporary purposes, businesses and individuals have two primary avenues to explore: Temporary Admission (TA) and the ATA Carnet. Each option brings its own set of advantages, catering to different scenarios and requirements.

When it comes to importing goods temporarily into Ireland or Northern Ireland, one valuable customs process to consider is Temporary Admission (TA). TA serves as a practical solution for the temporary importation of goods, allowing them to enter these regions without undergoing any significant alterations, apart from the usual wear and tear that occurs due to their intended use.

The concept of Temporary Admission can be especially advantageous for occasional transporters, particularly when the value of the goods remains under 6,000 €. Recognising the significance of this process, we at tradePhlo offer a comprehensive service tailored to streamline and simplify the TA process, making it hassle-free for businesses and individuals alike.

Understanding the Application Process

Applying for Temporary Admission depends on your intended destination for importing the goods. In the case of imports into the Republic of Ireland, we facilitate the process by sending you an Irish Revenue form, which you complete. From there, we take over, processing the necessary information and overseeing the completion of the Temporary Admission on your behalf.

For those importing goods into Northern Ireland, the procedure is slightly different. We provide you with a list of required information. Once you've submitted this information, we take charge of processing and finalising your Temporary Admission.

Determining Eligibility

Eligibility for Temporary Admission is contingent on several factors. Notably, freight forwarders, customs agents, and fast parcel operators are not eligible for this process. Furthermore, the eligibility criteria take into account the value of the goods being transported. If the value exceeds 6,000 €, you might not qualify for Temporary Admission.

In cases where the temporary importation of non-perishable goods is required for up to one year, an alternative option is the ATA Carnet. This international document facilitates temporary exports and imports, providing flexibility for traders engaged in activities such as exhibitions in multiple countries or transporting goods to various locations. However, it's important to note that the ATA Carnet is more expensive and may require more time to obtain compared to a Temporary Admission.

Choosing the Right Procedure: Temporary Admission or ATA Carnet?

The choice between Temporary Admission and an ATA Carnet largely hinges on the nature of the goods being transported. Temporary Admission suits situations where goods are temporarily transported and will return in similar condition – think construction tools and equipment. On the other hand, for scenarios involving repeated declarations or activities like exhibiting in multiple countries within a year, an ATA Carnet might be the better fit.

We can Help

If you find yourself at a crossroads, unsure whether to opt for an ATA Carnet or Temporary Admission, our expert team is ready to assist you. By discussing your needs and understanding your circumstances, we can provide you with the guidance needed to make an informed decision.