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ATA Carnet

Many businesses have been used to the freedom of the movement of goods as part of the EU.  Now, goods moving between the UK and any EU country will be subject to export and import clearance procedures. If the goods do not meet rules of origin, duty payments may be payable. 


ATA Carnets have not previously been needed for UK businesses travelling into the EU.  Businesses should now look into this option when transporting certain goods temporarily into any EU country or transferring them through the EU to the rest of the world.


ATA Carnets across the EU can be used for:

  • All professional equipment.
  • Trade fairs and exhibitions.
  • Commercial samples 


What is an ATA Carnet?


The ATA Carnet is an international Customs document which allows the temporary importation of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods going to either a trade fair or exhibition to countries which are part of the ATA Carnet system. Without one you would need to complete each country's customs procedures for the temporary admission of goods e.g. lodging a temporary import bond.


An ATA Carnet can be used in 70 countries.


Why are they required?


The ATA Carnet acts as a passport for goods. It simplifies the custom formalities by allowing a single document to be used for clearing goods through customs in the countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system. An ATA Carnet is valid for 1 year and allows for movement of the goods shown on the Carnet as many times as required during the 12 months to any of the destinations applied for.


If you do not get an ATA Carnet or Duplicate List:


You’ll need to declare your goods and pay duties every time your goods go through customs.

You’ll also need to follow the full customs rules and processes for exports and imports.


Please contact the ACE Team for further information

Michelle Gamon

Mar 02 2021
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