ATA Carnet: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re planning on temporarily exporting goods from Ireland, an ATA Carnet can simplify the customs procedures and save you time and money. In this guide, we’ll explain what an ATA Carnet is, how to apply for one in Ireland, the various uses of the document, and any other relevant information you need to know.

What is an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet (Admission Temporaire / Temporary Admission) is an international customs document that allows the temporary importation of goods into foreign countries without paying duties and taxes or having to go through complicated customs procedures. An ATA Carnet covers a wide range of goods, such as commercial samples, professional equipment, and goods for exhibitions and fairs.

ATA Carnets were introduced in 1961 and are administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). They are recognised by over 80 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe.

What is the purpose of an ATA Carnet?

The purpose of an ATA Carnet is to simplify and speed up the customs procedures for temporary exports of goods. The document serves as a guarantee that the goods will be re-exported within the specified time frame and will not be sold or consumed in the importing country.

An ATA Carnet also eliminates the need to pay duties and taxes or obtain temporary import permits for each country the goods will enter, which can save time and money for the exporter.

What goods can be covered by an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet can cover a wide range of goods, including:

Commercial samples: Products that are not for resale and are used to promote or test a product.

Professional equipment: Tools and equipment that are used for work purposes, such as cameras, computers, and musical instruments.

Goods for exhibitions and fairs: Products that are displayed at trade shows, exhibitions, or fairs.

Other temporary exports: Any other goods that are intended for temporary use outside of Ireland.

How long is an ATA Carnet valid?

An ATA Carnet is valid for one year from the date of issue and can be used for multiple trips within that time frame. The goods covered by the Carnet must be re-exported within the specified time frame, and any extensions must be approved by the issuing authority.

How to apply for an ATA Carnet in Ireland?

To apply for an ATA Carnet in Ireland, you need to follow these steps:

– Contact the local Chamber of Commerce or the authorized ATA Carnet issuing authority in Ireland, such as the Irish Exporters Association or the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

– Provide information about the goods you intend to export, such as the description, value, and purpose of use.

– Provide information about the countries you will be visiting and the duration of the trip.

– Pay the fees associated with the Carnet, which include a bond or a cash deposit to cover any potential customs duties or taxes if the goods are not re-exported within the specified time frame.

– Obtain the ATA Carnet document, which includes a cover page, a list of goods covered by the Carnet, and customs vouchers that must be stamped by the customs authorities at each border crossing.

What are the various uses of an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet can be used for various purposes, such as:

– Participating in trade shows and exhibitions

– Conducting business meetings or seminars

– Filming movies or TV shows

– Performing arts or sports events

– Temporary exports of professional equipment for work purposes

What other information do you need to know about ATA Carnets?

It’s important to note that an ATA Carnet is not a replacement for other required documents, such as export licenses or health licenses and other health department controls. 


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