Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Brussels, Belgium
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 30/07/1963

Category

Customs

Sub category

Temporary Admission

Groups

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What is it about?

The A.T.A. Convention allows the free and temporary movement of goods into a customs territory with minimum customs formalities. The term A.T.A. is derived from a combination of the French (admission temporaire) and English (temporary admission). An A.T.A. Carnet is a standard international customs document for the temporary duty free importation of goods. The A.T.A. Carnet acts as a guarantee that all customs duties and import taxes will be paid should the item not be re-exported within a mandated time period, at most one year. As they are an accepted customs document, the amount of import and export paperwork is significantly reduced. The A.T.A. Carnet also serves as an exemption for taxes normally required in countries of destination or transit. A.T.A. Carnets are used for commercial samples to be demonstrated, the temporary import of professional equipment necessary to perform a task, the import of goods for display or use at exhibitions, fairs or meetings, as well as for goods with an educational, scientific or cultural character. A.T.A. Carnets specifically cannot be used for perishable products. National chamber of commerce associations that are approved by Customs are authorized to issue ATA Carnets. The associations must also be affiliated with an international guaranteeing chain administered by the World Chambers federation headquartered at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Why is it relevant?

By allowing for rapid movement, the A.T.A Carnets benefit both traders as well as customs officials. The carnet is accepted in over 60 countries and saves costs in clearing goods, as well as inspires increased transport across borders. The A.T.A. can be used by all professions having an international activity (industry, businessmen, artists, sportsmen, etc.).

Additional Information

In 2000, nearly 200,000 A.T.A. carnets were issued worldwide for goods with a value of nearly 12 billion dollars.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria02/07/1973
Andorra02/09/1999
Australia14/06/1967
Austria20/05/1963
Belarus07/05/1998
Belgium22/02/1966
Bulgaria31/07/1964
Canada10/07/1972
China27/08/1993
Cote d'Ivoire14/06/1962
Croatia29/09/1994
Cuba24/09/1963
Cyprus25/10/1976
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Denmark14/04/1965
Egypt11/01/1968
Finland01/08/1964
France20/12/1962
Germany15/10/1965
Greece23/10/1975
Hungary22/11/1965
Iceland16/06/1970
India05/07/1989
Iran16/04/1968
Ireland15/04/1965
Israel25/08/1966
Italy19/06/1964
Japan01/08/1973
Lebanon11/12/1979
Lesotho10/05/1983
Luxembourg10/06/1966
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)03/04/1996
Malaysia13/06/1988
Malta22/11/1983
Mauritius22/04/1982
Mexico13/11/2000
Morocco19/11/1996
Netherlands17/01/1964
New Zealand28/11/1977
Niger08/12/1978
Nigeria01/10/1973
Norway29/10/1964
Poland19/07/1969
Portugal20/04/1966
Republic of Korea04/04/1978
Romania07/03/1967
Russian Federation18/04/1996
Senegal14/10/1977
Serbia27/12/2001
Singapore14/11/1983
Slovakia05/02/1993
Slovenia23/02/1993
South Africa18/12/1975
Spain06/04/1964
Sri Lanka14/07/1981
Sweden19/03/1964
Switzerland30/04/1963
Thailand30/09/1994
Trinidad and Tobago05/01/1981
Tunisia10/03/1971
Turkey23/08/1974
United Kingdom19/07/1963
United States of America03/12/1968
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
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19664
19672
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19691
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19733
19741
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19761
19772
19782
19791
19812
19821
19833
19881
19891
19936
19942
19963
19981
19991
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Total66
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