ATA Carnet: Your “Merchandise Passport”
An ATA carnet is an international customs document that is sometimes referred to as a “merchandise passport.” This particular document may help exporters to avoid some fees and taxes (i.e. VAT) when exporting goods overseas for a short duration. In addition, it serves as the registration of goods in transit for the United States.
There are a few pieces of information that should be taken into consideration before applying for an ATA carnet. Here are some basic facts to know before applying:
In addition to either the surety bond or certified check, there is a basic processing fee for an ATA carnet. This fee ranges anywhere between $200 and $330 (based on the general list value). This fee includes the ATA carnet and up to 4 sets of certificates.
There are several benefits the exporter will incur when using an ATA carnet. Some of these include:
The ATA carnet can be processed within 24 hours (at no additional fee) if the application is received by 4 P.M. central time (for electronic applications). If the application is not submitted electronically, it may take 2-3 business days to process the application. For an additional fee, same-day pick-up and delivery is available.
Unfortunately, not all countries can accept the ATA carnet. There are, however, 65 countries and 27 territories that do accept the carnet. For countries that do not accept the carnet, here are a few important things to know:
To find out more information about the ATA carnet, please contact the U.S. Commercial Service’s Pittsburgh office via telephone at (412) 644-2800.