Our departure from the EU is now complete, although Germany’s position at the heart of the bloc has not diminished.
Whether Frankfurt for financial services, Cologne for industrial links, or a wide range of other locations, UK companies will wish to continue trading with Germany.
Over recent years, Germany has been the UK’s second largest market for goods and services, accounting for more than 10% of UK trade. This may change to a degree post Brexit but the opportunity is still there.
Temporary exports will play a part in continuing trade, from attending business shows, to taking essential items on working visits. As from January 2021, an ATA carnet will be required for equipment you take.
ATA Carnet Use
An ATA carnet for Germany is essentially a carnet for the EU, with the same categories normally accepted throughout EU countries:
- Commercial Samples
- Exhibitions and Fairs
- Professional Equipment
Unlike a few EU nations, German customs do not specify educational and cultural items as a category but this should not be an issue. Almost any non consumable item will fit into a main ATA carnet category.
Requirements they do specify are the core principles of carnet operation. That items are used for a limited period for a specific purpose, will not be changed (apart from normal wear and tear) and from the outset, are intended for re-export.
As with all EU carnets, freedom of movement across member countries is part of the package and your carnet can be used as a transit document to go beyond the EU.
A replacement carnet is permitted in case of loss and extensions to the initial period are usually allowed. In Germany, you may be asked for supporting documentation, such as travel tickets, or hotel reservations.
German customs are well informed on ATA carnets and tend to be helpful. They are however one of the few authorities to specify in detail how a carnet should be completed, so accuracy is important.
The only nominal variation in carnet procedures in Germany is for live animals. If their health certificate has a duration shorter than 12 months (often 3 months) then the same will apply to their ATA carnet.
A Reliable Destination
ATA carnets are part of normal business operations in Germany and you are unlikely to meet unexpected issues. Carnet operation is overseen by:
The German Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Breite Strasse 29,
Telephone (49-30) 203 08 23 22
As you would expect from the world’s fourth largest economy, the system runs efficiently. Part of trading with a highly industrialised, stable nation, which continues to offer opportunities for UK business.
If we can help with a carnet for a trip to Germany, or with any ATA carnet for the EU, please get in touch with our friendly team.