BLOG. CARNET

August 13, 2019

CARNET

 

What is a Carnet you ask? Well Carnet or ATA Carnet (pronounced kar-nay) is an international customs and temporary export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 87 countries and territories without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 12 months*.  Carnets are also known as Merchandise Passports or Passports for Goods.

Types of Carnets

In the U.S. there are two types of carnets issued: ATA and TECRO/AIT. TECRO/AIT carnets are used for temporary imports in Taiwan which only accepts the TECRO/AIT carnet.  ATA Carnets are used for the 87 other countries and territories that are members of the carnet system.

What do Carnets Allow you to do?

Carnets facilitate temporary imports into foreign countries and re-importation into the U.S. By presenting an ATA Carnet document to foreign customs, you pass duty free and import tax free into a carnet country for up to one year. ATA Carnets also serve as the U.S. Certificate of Registration of goods (CBP 4455) upon re-importation.

What Merchandise is covered by Carnets?

Most merchandise can be listed on a Carnet. Virtually all types of goods and equipment can be transported under the ATA Carnet:

·         Commercial Samples

·         Professional Equipment (Tools of the Trade)

·         Goods for Fairs & Exhibitions (limited to 6 months)

 

What merchandise is NOT covered by Carnets?

Consumable items such as agricultural products (food, seeds, fertilizer, pesticides), explosives, disposables and postal traffic cannot travel under an ATA Carnet.

What countries Accept/Use Carnets?

Soon to be accepting carnets: Trinidad and Tobago and Saudi Arabia.


Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Antarctica

Aruba

Australia

Austria*

Azores (Portugal)

Bahrain, Kingdom of

Balearic Islands (see Spain)

Belarus

Belgium*

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Bulgaria*

Canada

Canary Islands

Ceuta

Chile

China

Corsica (France)

Cote d'Ivoire

Croatia*

Curacao

Cyprus*

Czech Republic*

Denmark*

Estonia*

European Union

Faroe Islands (Denmark)

Finland*

France*

French Guiana

French Polynesia - Tahiti

Germany*

Gibraltar

Greece*

Greenland (Denmark)

Guadeloupe (France)

Guam

Guernsey (United Kingdom)

Hong Kong

Hungary*

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Ireland*

Isle of Man (United Kingdom)

Israel

Italy*

Ivory Coast see Cote d'Ivoire

Japan

Jersey (United Kingdom)

Kazakhstan

Latvia*

Lebanon

Lesotho (SACU)

Liechtenstein (Admin by Switz.)

Lithuania*

Luxembourg*

Macao, China

Macedonia

Madagascar

Madeira (Portugal)

Malaysia

Malta*

Martinique

Mauritius

Mayotte (France)

Melilla (Spain)

Mexico

Miquelon (France)

Moldova

Monaco (Admin by France)

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia (SACU)

Netherlands*

New Caledonia (France)

New Zealand

Norway

Pakistan

Poland*

Portugal*

Puerto Rico (USA)

Qatar

Reunion Island (France)

Romania*

Russia

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia*

Slovenia*

South Africa

South Korea

Spain*

Sri Lanka

St. Barthelemy (France)

St. Martin/Sint Maarten

St. Pierre (France)

Swaziland (SACU)

Sweden*

Switzerland

Tahiti (France)

Taiwan

Tasmania (Australia)

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom*

United States

Wallis & Futuna (France)


 

*Countries ending with an asterisk are part of the European Union (EU). If goods are properly imported into one EU carnet country and re-exported from a second EU carnet country, the Carnet holder is unlikely to encounter any claims fees.

† Iran is accepting carnets however US restrictions do not allow a US-issued carnet for Iran.

†† Taiwan requires a separate carnet called a TECRO/AIT carnet.

As always, an ATA Carnet may be used as a Certificate of Registration (CBP CF4455) departing and returning to the U.S. regardless of whether the carnet will be used in a carnet or non-carnet country.

 

You will have to check individual country for advisories or check www.atacarnet.com for an updated list.

How Long is a Carnet valid for?

A carnet is valid for up to 1 year from its issue date except for Exhibitions and Fairs which is valid for 6 months from date of issue.* Known exceptions to these validity periods are:

·         Korea

·         Malaysia

·         Mexico

·         Singapore

A U.S. or foreign customs official always has the right to limit the validity period on a Carnet upon inspection although to do so is highly unusual.

The Carnet can be used multiple times and in multiple countries during the period of validity. Split shipments are allowed however items cannot be added to the General List once the Carnet is issued.

*Note that China only belongs to the Exhibitions & Fairs convention and therefore all Carnets into China are limited to 6 months.

How can you get more information about Carnets?

To get more information about Carnets please call the boomerang carnets® Carnet HelpLine® at (800) ATA-2900/ (800)282-2900 see the LinkedIn ATA Carnet User & Discussion Group, or email us at [email protected] Information provided by ATACarnet.com

You have a Carnet, what now?

You will need a Customs Broker to file your Carnet with US Customs to have it stamped or validated. Your shipping agent should be able to arrange this or call Dove Shipping 😊

Thank you for reading!  If you have any questions about this topic or anything concerning international shipping or if you want rates for shipping, please contact me, 281-328-4100. www.doveshipping.com

 

Sue Fitzgerald

General Manager

Dove Shipping International Inc.