About the ATA Carnet Program
A carnet is a document that allows for the temporary import and export of goods without having to pay customs duties. It can be used for multiple shipments over a period of up to one year, making it a convenient option for those regularly shipping goods internationally to trade shows or for client demo purposes. The ATA Carnet helps ensure that all necessary documentation is in order, thus simplifying the customs process and reducing the risk of delays or penalties.
Please keep in mind that ATA Carnet shipments are only temporary, and any goods brought into a country must be returned or disposed of before the carnet expires. To avoid paying duties, the company must present the ATA carnet again to U.S. Customs upon return of the product to the United States.
Currently, 87 countries and territories located in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania participate in the ATA Carnet program. View a complete list of participating countries (source: trade.gov).
In the U.S., United States Council for International Business (USCIB) as well as two other carnet service providers, Boomerang Carnets and Roanoke Trade Services, are authorized to issue ATA Carnets.
To sell goods off an ATA Carnet, it is important for you to first get in touch with the local foreign customs office to ascertain the suitable procedure and documentation required for the carnet country. Failure to adhere to the prescribed customs procedures of that country could lead to a claim and unwarranted extra expenses for your company.
Arrange Your Carnet in Advance to Ensure Smooth Customs Clearance
While it may seem like extra effort, ATA Carnet shipments can ultimately save time and money in the long run. To get started, you should be prepared to provide us with the following:
- Purpose for the temporary import
- Taxpayer identification number (TIN) or employer identification number (EIN)
- Names of the Authorized Representatives who will show your ATA Carnet to customs officials
- Complete list of destination countries
- List of any countries the goods will be passing through on their way to the destination
- List modes of transportation (to and from)
- List of merchandise, including serial numbers
- Value, quantity, weight and dimensions
- Country of origin
- Desired delivery date of the merchandise
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