What is a Carnet?
A Carnet or ATA Carnet
(pronounced kar-nay) is an international customs and temporary
export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 83 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. "What is a Carnet?" Video
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 83 other countries and territories that are members of the carnet system.
Types of Carnets
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 do Carnets Allow you to do?
Most merchandise can be listed on a Carnet. Virtually all types of goods and equipment can be transported under the ATA Carnet:
What Merchandise is Covered by Carnets?
- 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.
There are 83 countries and territories that accept carnets. See a complete list of Carnet countries here.
What Countries Accept/Use Carnets ?
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:
How Long is a Carnet Valid for?
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.
Technically, a carnet cannot be extended beyond the validity period. However, in some instances foreign customs may allow a replacement carnet
to be issued to extend the time the goods are in the carnet country. In
all cases, the replacement carnet must be applied for prior to the
expiration of the original carnet.
Can a Carnet be Extended?
A carnet can be issued and delivered to an applicant within 1 day, if
the application is complete and approved by 1600 hours Central time. Same
day service is available for an additional charge. Obtaining a carnet
takes 4, simple steps:
How Can I Obtain a Carnet?
- Gather information listed on the application checklist.
- Register for an online account.
- Log in to complete and submit the online carnet and bond application.
- While logged in, provide payment method and method of overnight delivery
Please see a Sample Carnet Document here
What Does a Carnet Document Look Like?
To get more information about Carnets please call the CIB Carnet HelpLine℠ at (800) ATA-2900/ (800)282-2900 see the LinkedIn ATA Carnet User & Discussion Group, or email us at Info@ATACarnet.com
How Can I Get More Information About Carnets ?