An ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that operates like a passport for your goods. It allows the temporary importation of goods in to countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system and avoids you having to pay unnecessary taxes or duties.
ATA Carnets cover all goods that are leaving the UK and returning within a 12 month period. They do not cover disposable goods that will be used while out of the country or items that will not be returning to the UK.
If your goods are going outside of the EU and in to one of the 40+ countries that accepts ATA Carnets and you are going for one of the following reasons:
If this applies to you, you should be using an ATA Carnet. The ATA Carnet simplifies the customs procedure in to a single document and makes the importation process much quicker and easier to handle.
From 1st January 2021 we will be able to issue carnets for temporary movement of goods to the European Union. At present goods have been able to move around Europe without an ATA Carnet thanks to the benefit of Free Movements of Goods that being an EU member granted the UK, but from next year you will likely need to have an ATA carnet for goods that are going out to European exhibitions, if you are taking items to business meetings as commercial samples or if items are going out as professional equipment, for example lighting and rigging for a band going on tour.
If you have any questions about the use of carnets in the EU from next year then please contact us via the get in touch section below.
All carnets are applied for via our electronic service, E-Zcert and processed here at the Chamber within two hours.
Standard Service: Apply by 2pm to get your carnet processed and posted out to you for next day delivery/ready for same day collection.
Express Service: If you have an urgent carnet that will be applied for after the 2pm cut off or that needs collecting within a shorter time frame, we can fulfil this for an additional fee (£75+VAT)