ATA Carnet | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

ATA Carnet

The ATA Carnet is a temporary admission document which acts as a "passport for goods" for three main categories of Community status goods.

  • commercial samples (The ATA 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 their nominated representative)

Using an ATA Carnet cuts out red tape for you at border points avoiding cash deposits etc. in the country of temporary importation. It can be used for multiple trips and is valid for one year covering 61 countries.

  • The ATA Carnet provides a guarantee to the Customs of a foreign country into which the goods are temporarily imported that all duties, taxes etc. will be paid to them if the conditions under which they allow these into the country are breached
  • The issuing Chamber must receive security from the Carnet user. This security must be for an amount equal to the highest rate of duty and taxes applicable to the goods in any country of destination, and transit if applicable. It will disregard any preferential tariffs that may be in force at the time because Customs authorities may themselves ignore such preferential rates

The amount to the nearest pound, may be provided from one of the following options:

  • Immediate cover for premium through the Carnet Indemnity Scheme
  • Bank or insurance company guarantee, (in which case the banks or insurance companies must comply with certain criteria) Such a guarantee will only be accepted when given on the Issuing Chamber's official form
  • Cash or Banker's Draft

Carnet Indemnity Scheme (CIS)

The Carnet Indemnity Scheme is an in-house system set up between London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (who host the Carnet scheme)  and Lloyds of London, which simplifies the means by which the Carnet user can arrange for the Security to be provided, without having to supply either cash, Banker's Draft or Guarantee from an approved bank.

Click here Obtain a CIS 'quick quote' now .

Letter of Authority for Applicant or User

An ATA 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. The holder may also allow an Agent to handle the ATA Carnet through the customs on their behalf, again provided that the Agent holds a Letter of Authority. Box B (Name of accredited person(s) who will use the ATA Carnet) on the Green Front cover and the coloured vouchers would then contain the statement: "Any authorised representative".

Fees for an ATA Carnet (from 1 April 2014)

Member Rate: £167.80 + VAT = £201.36

Non Member Rate: £276.30 + VAT = £331.56

Please phone 0141 204 8330 for the next available Carnet Number.

Completion of the ATA Carnet Forms

The number of vouchers in an ATA Carnet depends on the itinerary. All the forms are in pairs (apart from the green front cover Page 1), each having a specific function (Exp. = exportation out of E.C., Imp. = importation into destination country, Re-exp. = re-exportation from the country where the original import was made, re-imp. = re-importation into E.C. Blue Tra. vouchers may also be required for transit or exhibition purposes. Certain countries do not accept ATA Carnets for all categories.

An ATA Carnet may not 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 CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) 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 similar projects

We advise that you contact BIS on 020 7215 8070 or visit their website for alternative arrangements.

EC/CPD/China - Taiwan Carnet

Agreement has been reached between the EC, Taiwan and the International Chamber of Commerce to establish a system of Carnets similar to that for ATA Carnets. The Carnet covers goods temporarily imported/exported between the EC and Taiwan. Other than a different colour code and A4 format to distinguish it from the ATA Carnet, the conditions for its use, the goods for which it can be used, and EC Customs procedures are identical.  You can apply for the EC/CPD/China - Taiwan Carnet directly from London Chamber of Commerce.

Geographical Coverage

Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, China, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.

TIR Carnet

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce does not issue TIR Carnets.

The two organisations approved as the national guaranteeing associations in the UK, and to whom users must apply for TIR carnets, are:

The Freight Transport Association (FTA)
Hermes House
St John's Road
Tunbridge Wells
Tel 01892 526171

The Road Haulage Association (RHA)
35 Monument Hill
KT13 8RN
Tel 01932 841515

To chat through how becoming a member of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce can help your business and save you up to 50% on EC export documentation contact us on 0141 204 2121 or email Alternatively you can join online today.

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