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ATA Carnet Application Help & FAQ

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1. WHAT IS AN ATA CARNET AND WHY MIGHT I NEED ONE?

ATA Carnet is a temporary admission document used for goods to be displayed at trade fairs or exhibitions, professional equipment and samples. Note that Carnet can only be used for goods, which will be re-exported in the same state in which they were imported (sale, processing, repairs or modification of any items is not allowed). We can only issue Carnets to UK registered companies or individuals who permanently reside in the UK.

 

2. WHAT COUNTRIES CAN I USE AN ATA CARNET FOR?

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia (including Tasmania), Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands (Spain), China, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Faroe Islands, French overseas departments and territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane and Reunion, New Caledonia and its dependents of Wallis and Futuna Islands, and French Polynesia (includes Tahiti) as well as St Barthelemy, St Martin, Mayotte and Saint Pierre et Miquelon), Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic of, Lebanon, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia (territory also includes Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak), Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa (territory also includes Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho), Spanish overseas territories of Ceuta and Melilla, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (territory includes Liechtenstein), Taiwan (not covered by ATA Carnet; a separate Carnet is available from London Chamber), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA (territory includes Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Saipan). ATA Carnet is currently not required for movements of UK goods inside EU (unless you are a company registered in Channel Islands).

 

3. WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU REQUIRE?

Details of the Carnet holder (company that legally owns the goods and is responsible for payment of any duties to foreign Customs), details of the person(s) who will be travelling with the goods, intended use of the goods, and finally list of goods taken. All the goods must be individually itemised with each item having its specific description (i.e. make, serial number), weight and value to facilitate Customs identification and prevent substitution of goods.

 

4. CAN I AUTHORISE SOMEONE TO APPLY FOR AND / OR USE THE ATA CARNET ON MY BEHALF?

If an Agent is applying for a Carnet on your behalf, then you must authorise them in writing (on your company letterhead). You may also authorise an Agent to handle the Carnet through the Customs on your behalf, however, you will still be responsible for any declarations made.

 

5. WHY DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE A SECURITY?

The Carnet provides a guarantee to the foreign Customs that all duties, taxes etc will be paid to them if the conditions under which they allow these into the country are breached. The security is in place to protect the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as the UK National Guaranteeing Organisation, against foreign Customs claims in cases where the Carnet has been misused and the Carnet Holder is unable to settle charges due.  

 

6. CAN I SELL OFF AN ATA CARNET?

Carnet is a temporary admission document, therefore, the goods must be returned back to the EU within the validity of the document. Customs may allow the goods to be sold, on an exceptional basis, in which case the Carnet must be regularised correctly by the host Customs (Duty Paid Receipt number written on the Re-exportation Counterfoil and copy of the Duty Paid Receipt attached to the Carnet when returned to the issuing Chamber after use). Failure to obtain approval for selling the goods from the host Customs will result in a payment of duty, taxes, administrative charges, as well as a penalty.

 

7. CAN I PUT CONSUMABLE GOODS ON ATA CARNET?

No as those goods would normally be used up abroad and not repatriated.

 

8. CAN AN ATA CARNET BE USED FOR CONTROLLED OR DUAL USE GOODS?

The use of a Carnet does not absolve the holder from observing the Customs regulations of the countries operating the scheme, e.g. import and export prohibitions or restrictions. In certain circumstances a U.K. export licence or an import/export licence for countries to be visited or crossed in transit may be required. For U.K. information please contact Export Control Organisation, E: eco.help@trade.gov.uk or Arts Council, E: elu@mla.gov.uk for art and antiques.

 

9. CAN I GET ‘EXTRA VOUCHERS’?

Yes. Additional vouchers can be obtained from the issuing office (members £51.50 + VAT / non-members £103 + VAT).

 

10. CAN I EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF AN ATA CARNET? (REPLACEMENT)

Some Customs authorities may be prepared to extend the period of temporary admission by granting approval for a Replacement Carnet (note that the period of extension may be less than the overall validity period of the Carnet. Exceeding the time limit may result in Duties or Penalty charges despite proof that the goods were eventually re-exported). Host Customs’ written approval must be submitted to the Issuing Chamber with an issuing fee and security before Replacement Carnet can be issued. Replacement Carnet should be validated by the National Carnet Unit (atacarnetunit@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk) before being used abroad.

 

11. WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY ATA CARNET WHILST VALID? (SUBSTITUTE)

If the goods are still abroad, you should contact your Issuing Chamber and apply for a substitute Carnet. Repeat fees will apply.

 

12. WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE CARNET AFTER I HAVE FINISHED USING THE DOCUMENT?

The Carnet must be returned to the office of issue intact, at the latest on its expiry date. Please ensure that photocopies of any Customs endorsed pages are kept on your files in case the Carnet gets lost en route to the issuing office.

 

13. DO I NEED TO MAKE A CUSTOMS DECLARATION WHEN USING AN ATA CARNET?

If the goods are hand carried then no separate Customs Declaration is usually required (other than presenting the Carnet to HMRC + foreign Customs). If the goods are freighted and are bound for an “inventory linked” port they may need to be included on an Import and export: customs clearance request (C21) form using CPC 10 00 041 for exports and CPC 00 080 20 for re-imports. If the goods are being sent to a non-inventory port you may need to complete Import and export: presentation of goods for export (arrival) C1601</