What is an ATA Carnet?

ATA Carnet is an international customs document that allows duty and tax free temporary entry into over 100 foreign countries.

What are the benefits of an ATA Carnet?
  • Reduces costs to exporters. Eliminates value-added taxes (VAT), duties and the posting of some form of security normally required at the time of importation.
  • Simplifies customs procedures. ATA Carnet is one document for all customs transactions.
  • Serves as a US Customs Registration to ensure duty free re-entry to the US.
  • No Surprises. Arrangements are made in advance and paid for in US Dollars.
How long is an ATA Carnet valid?

Typically, an ATA Carnet is valid for one year from date of issue. ATA Carnets can be used for unlimited exits and entries from the US and into foreign countries within the year period. There are a few options available for extending the time the goods can remain in the foreign country beyond the expiration of the original ATA Carnet. These options vary by country please contact your representative for details.

What merchandise can go on an ATA Carnet?
  • Everything and anything, as long as they are intended for commercial purposes and intended to return to the US.
  • Virtually all goods, including commercial samples, professional equipment and items for trade shows and exhibitions.
  • Ordinary items such as computers, repair tools, photography and sound equipment, industrial machinery, vehicles, jewelry, wearing apparel, and diagnostic equipment.
  • Extraordinary items such as Olympic horses, rare gems, human skulls, philharmonic orchestras and archeological treasures.
What does not qualify for ATA Carnet?

ATA Carnets do not cover consumable goods, disposable items, repairs, replacement parts and personal cars to be driven on the open road.

How do I get an ATA Carnet?

Obtaining an ATA Carnet is a quick and easy process. We can manage the application whether shipping by air, sea or hand carrying them yourself. Call us today!

How much does an ATA Carnet Cost?

Please submit your quote request to carnet@rhdc.com.
You will need to provide the following information with your request.

  • Cargo Value
  • Commodity
  • Destination(s)
  • Number of trips
  • Rush or Standard Processing Service ( Standard is 2 days, Rush can be 1 day or Same Day)