ATA Carnet

(customs) ATA is the acronym for the combined French and English words “Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission.” An ATA Carnet is an international customs document which may be used for the temporary admission of certain goods into 92 participating countries and territories worldwide in lieu of the usual customs documents and without having to pay duties or value-added taxes. The carnet serves as a guarantee against the payment of customs duties and taxes (including VAT) which may become due on goods temporarily imported and not reexported. Carnets also simplify customs clearance and ensure re-entry into the originating country by acting as a “Certificate of Registration.” While a Carnet acts as a “Merchandise Passport” and replaces the usual customs documents required, export licenses, quotas and visa are enforced where applicable.
This international customs document was established by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1961 and replaced the ECS (Echantillons Commerciaux/Commercial Samples”) Carnet that was created by a 1956 convention sponsored by the Customs Cooperation Council.
The ATA program is administered by national chambers of commerce of participating countries that are affiliated with the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) is the national guaranteeing association for carnets in the United States. Address: U.S. Council for International Business; 1212 Avenue of the Americas; New York, NY 10036 USA; Tel: [1] (212) 354-4480; www.uscib.org.
Roanoke Trade Services, Inc. has been an ATA Carnet issuing office and service provider for the USCIB since 1978. For information, call 1 (800)-CARNETS or visit www.carnetsonline.com. See International Chamber of Commerce, carnet, TECRO/AIT Carnet.

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