Advice for UK Carnet Holders ‘Trapped’ Abroad


1. If you are approaching the time limit for re-exportation of your goods (this is shown in Box 2 of the Carnet's white importation counterfoil) and your Carnet still has six or more months' validity (validity is shown in Box G(c) on the green front cover):

Contact the host customs (via the port where the goods were cleared into the country, or via the local NGO, and ask for extension of the time limit for re-exportation of the goods. This will be applied to the existing Carnet.

2. If your Carnet is about to expire, some countries allow a replacement to be issued to extend the period of temporary importation until up to 12 months from the date of issue of the original Carnet. 

Customs administrations worldwide have been encouraged to extend their ATA Carnet facilities procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are either in the process of implementing contingency measures, or have already done so, to facilitate extension of the time limits for re-exportation of the goods or, in some cases, validity of the Carnet itself.

We strongly advise that Carnet holders keep up-to-date with developments in the country where their goods are currently located.


Telephone advice is available from the Chamber International Carnet team at any stage of the application procedure or, if you are accompanying your goods, at any stage of your journey.

For further details telephone one of our specialists on +44 (0)7827 318692 or via email.