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UKFT’s Guide to ATA Carnets


UKFT has created a guide to the use of an ATA Carnet, an international customs document that permits the tax-free and duty-free temporary export and import of goods for up to one year.

An ATA Carnet consists of unified Customs application forms which are prepared for use at every border crossing point. It is a globally accepted guarantee for Customs duties and taxes, designed to replace security deposits required by each Customs authority.

The ATA Carnet can be used in multiple countries for multiple trips during the 12 months of its validity. When taking commercial samples temporarily overseas, or showing at an exhibition, an ATA Carnet is likely to be the most effective way to clear Customs without paying import duties or tariffs (or VAT on your return to the UK).

In the event of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal, you will need an ATA Carnet when sending/taking your samples to exhibitions or on sales trips within the EU. The UKFT website will have updates on this so please sign up for our newsletter for the latest information.

UKFT members can get preferential rates and faster service for ATA Carnets. To find out more about becoming a member, contact martial.ramage@ukft.org


Read the UKFT ATA Carnet Guide here