Having the right customs documentation is vital to ensure your goods get to where they are going with minimal fuss.

ATA carnets act as passports for goods, allowing their temporary admission. This reduces red tape and the provision of cash deposits that would otherwise have to be paid.

The carnet is a temporary export document that is used primarily for goods being temporarily exported for display at trade fairs or exhibitions, and for professional equipment and samples. A carnet eliminates the need for a Customs declaration at border points and the deposit of a guarantee, bond, or cash deposit in the country of temporary importation.

It can be used for a trip covering more than one country and include numerous exits and re-entries in the country of origin during the period of validity of the document (i.e. one year). Temporary admission under cover of ATA carnets applies to goods, which will be re-exported in the same state in which they were imported (processing, repairs or modification of any items is not allowed).

There are currently 76 countries which have signed the appropriate convention and are able to operate the scheme.