ATA Carnet

Seven reasons why ATA Carnets are the best way to unlock customs

  • 24 July 2014
ICC Customs and trade

Jointly administered by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and ICC World Chambers Federation, the ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits the duty-free and tax-free temporary export and import of goods.

So why are ATA Carnets the best way to facilitate international trade and allow companies to reach new markets for their products?

Easy exit – easy re-entry:

If your business takes you to move goods abroad temporarily, ATA Carnets are the most simple tool to use when entering and leaving the country.

Coverage of most business items

ATA Carnets cover three comprehensive categories of products: commercial samples, professional equipment and goods for exhibitions and fairs. Whether ordinary or extraordinary, if it is not perishable or consumable, a wide range of items can be covered by an ATA Carnet.

Cost-reducing solution for exporters

ATA Carnets eliminate value-added tax (VAT) and customs duties at the time of each border crossing.

One document – one application

ATA Carnets simplify customs border crossings and cut red tape by allowing importers and exporters to use a single document for all customs formalities.

No uncertainty, no hassles

ATA Carnets are easy to obtain and to use.

One-year validity and unlimited trips

ATA Carnets can be used for several operations up to one year.

International recognition

ATA Carnets are accepted in 74 countries and territories worldwide, with more countries to join in the future.

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