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The UK’s departure from the European Union will bring change but France is a trading nation which looks beyond Europe. They export more to the US and import more from China than any individual EU country.
Our economies are similar sizes, legal and business systems not so far apart, the geographical link is inescapable. France exports more to the UK than they import, they will not wish to see the link severed.
Trade will continue between the UK and France, subject to procedural changes which will evolve through gradual negotiation. For temporary exports a system is already in place and working effectively, the use of ATA carnets.
Carnet System In France
As with most countries in the EU, French customs confirm that ATA carnets are normally valid for 12 months and they accept all main categories:
- Commercial Samples
- Exhibitions and Fairs
- Professional Equipment
Educational and cultural items are also mentioned as normally acceptable by French customs. In reality, almost any item which is intended for a temporary stay and to return to the UK in the same state will fit a carnet category.
Transit through the EU to other countries is allowed, as are postal goods. Replacement carnets are available to cover loss, or extensions to the original 12 month period, subject to agreement by the French customs authorities.
A Rational Approach
The Paris Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris) oversees ATA carnet use in France. This is now a division of the Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and can be contacted via phone, or email.
They promote ATA carnets as a way to simplify customs procedures, offering a fast and secure route. Whilst as with most administration in the country, accuracy matters, French customs officers tend to support this stance.
An informed and helpful approach to processing carnets is the norm. We have been issuing carnets for France since 1st January 2021 and seen few issues.
Any ATA carnet for the EU needs to comply with requirements, yet they have quickly proven to be a viable solution after the UK left the customs union. If we can help with your journey, please contact our team at any time.