What is an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet is the simplest duty-free and tax-free method of exporting goods on a temporary basis

Carnets are like 'passports for goods' replacing the need for usual customs documentation.

They allow fast, trouble free importation into countries belonging to the Carnet scheme (see below for a full list of participating countries) without the need to pay duty and/or local tax at the time of import. They can be used for multiple trips, are valid for one year and cover over 70 countries.

Without an ATA Carnet it would be necessary to go through each country's Customs procedures for the temporary admission of goods. 

Carnets can be used for three main categories of goods:

  • Commercial samples (the Carnet is a commercial document, and as such values shown must reflect the current retail value in the UK) 

  • Goods for presentation or use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions or similar events 

  • Professional equipment (which is solely for use by, or under the personal supervision of the holder or his nominated representative).

ATA Carnets guarantee overseas customs authorities that all duties and taxes will be paid to them if the conditions under which they allow the goods into the country are breached.

Chamber International is responsible, through an international chain of guaranteeing associations, for paying any charges that become due on goods covered by Carnets we have issued.  Security is therefore required to accompany your application and is fully refundable as long as the conditions of use have not been breached.  The amount of security we require is equal to the highest rate of duty and taxes applicable to the goods in the country(ies) to which the goods are being despatched.

The amount to the nearest pound can be deposited with Chamber International in one of the following ways: 

  • Bank Draft

  • Cash or BACS payment

Applying for an ATA Carnet

Telephone Chamber International on 0845 034 7200 for a quote and to obtain the blank forms. Requests for forms received before 4pm are despatched the same day by first class post.

If you need a Carnet urgently we will prepare it for you. Ask about our priority completion service or our super-fast online service.

You can set up your own account in an instant with our online tutorials and field help feature throughout the site to guide new users. Or contact Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 to register you on the system completely free of charge. 

A Carnet may not be used for:

  • Goods to be sold or hired out abroad for financial gain

  • Perishable or consumable items (as they would not normally be re-exported)  

  • Goods which are temporarily exported for processing or repair 

  • Goods on which a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) refund will be claimed  

  • Goods used as a means of transport  

  • The exportation of unaccompanied goods, or by post  

  • Foreign goods temporarily imported into the EC under a Customs Temporary Importation Concession  

  • Equipment to be used for the construction, repair or maintenance of buildings or for earthmoving and like projects.

Click here to download the instructions for using an ATA Carnet.

For alternative methods of temporary export you may use the Duplicate List Procedure or contact UK Trade and Investment on 020 7215 8070 or visit their website.

Completion of the ATA Carnet Forms

The number of vouchers in a Carnet depends on the route the goods are travelling and the number of countries being visited.  All the forms are in pairs (apart from the green front cover Page 1), each having a specific function (Exp = exportation out of E.C. Imp = importation into destination country, Re-exp = re-exportation from the country where the original import was made, Re-imp = re-importation into E.C.  Blue Tra vouchers may also be required for transit or exhibition purposes).  Certain countries do not accept Carnets for all categories.

Geographical Coverage

ATA Carnets are currently operating in the following countries:

Europe

European Union:

Austria

Germany

Poland

Belgium

Greece

Portugal

Bulgaria

Hungary

Romania

Croatia

Ireland

Slovak Republic

Cyprus

Italy

Slovenia

Czech Republic

Latvia

Spain

Denmark

Lithuania

Sweden

Estonia

Luxembourg

United Kingdom

Finland

Malta

France

Netherlands

 Other European countries:

Albania

Iceland

Russia

Andorra

Macedonia (Rep.of)

Serbia

Belarus

Moldova

Switzerland

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Montenegro

Turkey

Gibraltar

Norway

Ukraine

     

Africa and Middle East

Algeria

Lebanon

South Africa

Bahrain

Madagascar

Tunisia

Cote d'Ivoire

Mauritius

United Arab Emirates

Iran

Morocco

Israel

Senegal

     

Americas

Brazil

Chile

United States 

Canada

Mexico

     

Asia and Pacific

Australia

Japan

Pakistan

China

Korea

Singapore

Chinese Taipei

Macao

Sri Lanka

Hong Kong, China

Malaysia

Thailand

India

Mongolia

Indonesia

New Zealand

 

See Security Rate Chart for country limitations

 

Letter of Authority

A Carnet may be issued in the name of an individual or a company who must be permanently resident in the United Kingdom.  However, it may be used by any person providing the user carries a letter from the named holder authorising such use. Download the template here.

You may also authorise Agent to present the Carnet to the customs on your behalf, again provided that the Agent holds a Letter of Authority. Box B (Name of accredited person(s) who will use the Carnet) on the Green Front cover and the coloured vouchers would require the following statement: "Any duly authorised representative".

Find out more: frequently asked questions and Carnet completion instructions.

Click here to view the HMRC Public Notice or download our information leaflet

For further details telephone Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 or via email.

Your Carnet will be returned to you after issue with guidance notes on how to use the document.

Hear from our clients

Chamber International was fantastic. I explained my requirements and they took care of everything. Having a Carnet means I avoided paying £3000 for an import bond.”

Matthew Tullet, Cameraman