Carnet ATA: The Passport for Your Goods in International Trade

A Comprehensive Guide to the International Merchandise Passport Carnet ATA

The Carnet ATA is an indispensable document in international trade, offering a simplified way to temporarily export and import goods to and from other countries. In this article, we explain the significance of the Carnet ATA, its areas of application, and the benefits it offers to businesses in international trade.

What is the Carnet ATA?

The Carnet ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) is an international customs document that serves as a passport for goods temporarily taken abroad. It simplifies customs formalities for the temporary import, transit, and re-export of goods and eliminates the need to post customs security in each country.

Applications of the Carnet ATA

Trade Fair and Exhibition Goods: For businesses showcasing their products at international fairs and exhibitions.


Professional Equipment: For professionals traveling abroad with their equipment, such as photographers, journalists, and engineers.


Commercial Samples: For sales representatives and businesses wanting to demonstrate goods samples abroad.

Benefits of the Carnet ATA

Time and Cost Savings: The Carnet ATA streamlines customs processing, saving time and money that would otherwise be spent on creating individual customs documents and securities.


Flexibility: Allows for the multiple entries and exits of goods into multiple countries within the validity period of the Carnet.


Simplicity: A single document for all involved countries significantly reduces bureaucratic efforts.

Applying for a Carnet ATA

Responsible Organizations: In Germany, the Carnet ATA is issued by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).


Requirements: To apply, detailed information about the goods and the travel plan must be provided.

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The Carnet ATA is a powerful tool for businesses and professionals involved in international trade. It offers an efficient, cost-effective, and flexible solution for the temporary export of goods, making it a key element for success in the global business world.


An ATA carnet is an international document that facilitates temporary imports of goods into other countries. The abbreviation ATA stands for "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission". It is a document often used by companies making temporary exports of goods for trade fairs, exhibitions, film productions or similar events.


When companies temporarily import goods into another country, they usually have to pay import duties and taxes. However, with an ATA carnet, they can import the goods into the destination country duty-free and without paying import taxes, as long as they are re-exported at a later date. In this way, companies can save time and money as they do not have to worry about the refund of import duties and taxes.


The ATA carnet is issued by a chamber of commerce or industry and is valid in over 100 countries. It is important to note that the ATA carnet is only suitable for certain types of goods and must meet certain requirements. For example, the goods must be used for temporary purposes, such as exhibitions or trade fairs. Furthermore, the goods must be re-exported within a certain time frame in order to benefit from duty-free importation.


Overall, the ATA carnet is an important tool for companies that carry out temporary exports of goods to other countries. It can help them save time, money and red tape when importing goods. However, it is important that businesses carefully research the requirements and conditions before using an ATA carnet to ensure that they use it correctly and effectively.

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