Carnet Categories In China
An ATA carnet in China can in principle only be used for exhibitions and fairs, although their customs body mention business meetings or similar activities and there is a degree of flexibility in the system.
Carnets are normally valid for 6 months, an extension is possible and goods in transit are accepted. Descriptions of goods need to be clear and accurate, Chinese customs officials may otherwise decline to accept your ATA Carnet.
An Up To Date Environment
Electronic data registration will be required for all carnets. Your freight forwarder should take care of this, if goods are being shipped.
If you are taking carnet items as hand luggage, you can pass through but also need to attend the nearest CCPIT/CCOIC office within three working days. They are available in most large cities.
Carnet Development In China
The Chinese government have seen the benefit in carnet use and are promoting them. In 2017, they launched a plan to establish 14 provincial locations for acceptance.
In early 2018, the categories of goods exempt from statutory import duties was increased. This indirectly allowed for further flexibility in the use of ATA carnets.
The Approach In China
Chinese lead authorities rarely say local customs officials made a mistake. They simply used their discretion as they saw fit in the circumstances.
You could be supported by a local exhibition organiser, or friendly film company, who know the ropes. If not, professional support on regulations helps.
Every country has idiosyncrasies. In China, they can range from labelling, to what is a “not for sale” sample, to the intended use of equipment. Although reliant on good preparation, a trouble free journey is still feasible and worthwhile,
Enjoying Your Visit To China
A country with 1.4 billion inhabitants can’t be bad for business. You will also find the culture polite and welcoming.
The range of environments is infinite, in most, entertainment and business are well linked. As they should be, in a place where fresh food, or drink are never far away.
Enjoying the hospitality can be a rewarding part of a trip to China. An ATA carnet may be the best route to making sure your goods also have a pleasant journey, if Dynamic Dox can help, talk to our support team at any time.