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Workshop to promote ATA Carnet system in Qatar

  • 14 April 2014
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The benefits of the ATA Carnet system and procedure for implementing it will be the topic of a three-day workshop in Qatar organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in cooperation with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – through its World Chambers Federation (WCF).

The workshop will take place on 20-22 May 2014 in Doha.

Qatar is among the top-10 priority target countries where businessmen from countries already operating the system would like to use ATA Carnets. The workshop, targeted at Qatar’s customs administration and the Qatar Chamber, aims to meet these expectations. Customs and chambers from neighboring GCC Member States will also be invited to attend.

Participants will benefit from practical and technical training designed to help them understand the technical intricacies of how the ATA system operates and the steps needed to finalize their affiliation to the ATA Chain.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 the ATA system is jointly managed by the World Customs Organization, holder of the international conventions on the temporary admission of goods, and the ICC World Chambers Federation, which administers the international guarantee chain.

Over the last 50 years, the system has spread from a handful of Western European countries to cover 74 countries on all continents. The latest of these include Bahrain, which will start to accept and issue carnets from 1 June 2014.

Today, more than 175,000 ATA Carnets are issued yearly for thousands of customs transactions worth over US$25 billion. Goods covered include professional equipment, commercial samples and material for trade fairs and exhibitions. Some examples of note include: a prototype solar car, World Cup yachts, Giorgio Armani apparel, McLaren Grand Prix cars, Munich Symphony Orchestra instruments, Australian Olympic horses, Harley Davidson motorcycles and equipment for the Bolshoi Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, BBC and CNN.

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