Ata Carnet Agreement

Ata Carnet Agreement

A carnet may be issued within one day and delivered to an applicant if the application is complete and has been approved up to 4 P.m. Central time. Same-day service is available at an extra cost. The purchase of a carnet is done in 4 simple steps: goods that do not fall within the three categories of products mentioned above and that are suitable for personal use are not eligible for a carnet. Consumables such as promotional gifts, agricultural products and disposable items cannot travel under an ATA Carnet. Postal traffic is not accepted in all countries. In addition, goods of these three categories, which are intended for sale or sale with authorization, cannot be entered in a carnet – they must be registered in regular customs. An ATA Carnet is valid for one year from the date of issue. Goods in a carnet may be exported and imported into each of the participating countries and territories during the one-year life of the carnet as often as necessary. The carnet holder may request an extension called a “replacement carnet” and extend the 12-month period of the initial carnet.

Replacement carnets are not accepted in all countries and must be requested before the expiry date of the original carnet, and authorization is left to the discretion of the foreign customs administration. The carnet document shall contain a green cover containing the names of the carnet holder and the national guaranteeing association, the date of issue of the carnet, the carnet number, the countries in which the carnet may be used and a full description of the goods covered. The yellow sheets in the package are used for export from and re-import into the issuing country. The blank sheets are used for temporary importation abroad and re-export from abroad. Blue leaves are used during transit through countries. Each sheet contains two parts – a counter-film that remains in the booklet and describes the actions taken by CBP officials each time goods enter or leave a country, and a removable voucher that contains a list of goods covered by the carnet and serves as a necessary CBP document. Note: Carnets issued in the United States are the only ones that do not receive yellow vouchers for export or re-import). If the expired ATA Carnet is a Carnet issued in the United States, there are no penalties or customs duties imposed by the United States. However, there may be sanctions imposed by a foreign government if the carnet expired before the U.S. goods were exported from that country. If the carnet is issued abroad, the lump sum damages are assessed by the U.S. Customs and Border Services (CBP) on the basis of the expiry of the carnet before the goods can be exported from the United States.

The ATA Carnet, often referred to as a “goods passport”, is an international customs document that allows the temporary export and import of non-perishable goods for up to one year, tax-free and duty-free. It consists of uniform customs declaration forms prepared at each border crossing point. It is a globally accepted guarantee for customs duties and taxes, which can replace the bond required by each customs authority.. . .


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