What is an ATA Carnet:

An ATA Carnet is essentially a ‘passport for the goods’ replacing the need for usual customs documentation whilst allowing fast, trouble free importation into visiting countries. They can be used for multiple trips, are valid for one year and cover over 80 countries.

Carnets may be used for the large majority of goods and equipment, with few exceptions. For example; musical equipment, race horses, electrical equipment, machinery are all acceptable, whereas, consumable and explosive items cannot travel under an ATA Carnet. Your goods must be categorised under one of the following headings:

  • Commercial samples
  • 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 Carnet 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. Security is therefore required to accompany your application. The amount of security required against the Carnet is equal to the highest rate of duty and taxes applicable to the goods in the countries to which the goods visit.

    Carnets cover a wide range of uses and can be used for some of the following purposes:

  • Exhibitions or Demonstrations
  • Fashion shows
  • Horses for racing
  • Filming equipment
  • Photography shoots or samples
  • Equipment testing
  • Vehicles for racing or demonstration
  • Props for theatre or musical performance