ATA Carnets

An ATA Carnet is the simplest method of exporting goods on a  temporary basis.

Carnets are like 'passports for goods' replacing the need for usual customs documentation. Carnets allow fast, trouble free importation into countries belonging to the Carnet scheme without the need to pay duty and/or local tax at the time of import. Without an ATA Carnet it would be necessary to go through each country's Customs procedures for the temporary admission of goods. 

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.

They can be used for multiple trips, are valid for one year and cover over 40 countries.

At present the ATA Carnet System is applied in the following countries: Algeria (DZ), Andorra (AD), Australia (AU), Belarus (BY), Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA), Canada (CA), Chile (CL), China (CN), Cote D'Ivoire (CI), Croatia (HR), Gibraltar (GI), Hong Kong (HK), Iceland (IS), India (IN), Iran (IR), Israel (IL), Japan (JP), Korea (KR), Lebanon (LB), Macao (MO), Macedonia (MK), Malaysia (MY), Mauritius (MU), Moldova (MO), Mongolia (MN), Montenegro (ME), Morocco (MA), New Zealand (NZ), Norway (NO), Pakistan (PK), Russia (RU), Senegal (SN), Serbia (CS), Singapore (SG), South Africa (ZA), Sri Lanka (LK), Switzerland (CH), Taiwan (TW), Thailand (TH), Tunisia (TN), Turkey (TR), Ukraine (UA), United Arab Emirates (AE) and United States of America (US).

Should you wish to temporarily export goods from the UK to non EU markets that are not part of the ATA Carnet System, then the Duplicate List Procedure may be beneficial to you.

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).

A Carnet cannot 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.

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. 

You may also authorise an 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".

In the East of England, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce offers this service on behalf of all accredited chambers in the region.  Suffolk Chamber members can benefit from a 10% discount on regular prices offered by Norfolk Chamber.

For further information and assistance on ATA Carnets, please contact and copy into any correspondence.