- The ATA Carnet System offers advantages to the customs
authorities and the trading community, i.e. individuals, enterprises,
trade organizations who need temporary duty free importation facilities
to prospect outlets for their products in foreign markets.
- By replacing the national customs declaration normally
required for the temporary duty free admission of goods in any given
country, the ATA Carnet does away with the need for a customs document
at each border point. This means less paperwork for customs officials
and carnet holders.
- Since all goods accompanied by an ATA carnet are covered
by the international surety furnished by the guaranteeing/issuing chambers,
no further action regarding the guarantee needs to be taken, either
by the customs or by the importer at the time of temporary admission.
Thus, for businessmen the ATA Carnet does away with the need for the
deposit of a personal or real guarantee at the border point of each
country of temporary admission.
- As the ATA Carnet itself constitutes the temporary admission
document as well as the proof of the customs security for the admission,
it considerably simplifies and expedites the accomplishment of the formalities
for temporary admission for both the Carnet holder and the customs(
no further customs document needs to be completed nor any other security
produced upon arrival in the territory of temporary admission).
- The ATA carnet is valid for one year. During this
period its holder can use it and take the goods covered for as many
trips as he wishes from his home country to one or more of the other
countries applying the ATA System, provided the ATA Carnet contains
the appropriate number of sheets required for each trip . This is particularly
useful if the holder of the ATA Carnet intends to import goods temporarily
into various countries in the course of the same journey (e.g. if a
commercial traveller wishes to show samples to a number of potential
buyers in different countries). There are many other cases where this
facility is of advantage to the holder of an ATA Carnet.
- For the customs, the use of the ATA Carnet entails
less administrative work and increased customs safety since the payment
of import duties and taxes is guaranteed by the Guaranteeing Association
affiliated to the ATA guarantee chain in the territory of temporary
admission. The guarantee is automatic and the customs need not check
its validity for each carnet.
- In addition, the system does not affect the revenue
of the nation since the goods covered by the ATA Carnets are intended
for re-exportation and not for sale in the country of temporary admission.
The system is “self-policing” in that, should the Carnet holder fail
to re-export the goods within the period of validity of the carnet,
duties become payable.
Thus, the ATA carnet has now become
indispensable for worldwide growth and expansion of an enterprise and
is being most widely used by the business community for its international