There are three categories covering goods suitable for ATA Carnet use. Most member countries accept all three, although a proportion only allow one, or two categories:
1. Commercial Samples – Including prototypes, models, creative works, display equipment they may feature on.
2. Professional Equipment – From tools, to photographic & filming equipment, machinery and diagnostic devices.
3. Goods For Presentation – Perhaps at trade fairs, exhibitions, business shows, fashion galas, or similar events.
Our lists are just a passing indication. You could add IT equipment, bloodstock, livestock, military, or defence equipment, works of art, jewellery, props and costumes, sports equipment, almost any non disposable items.
You will also see that which section items go in could be a conundrum, although there can be sound reasons for careful categorisation. Before considering these, perhaps easier to look at what is not covered.
Goods Not Suitable For ATA Carnet Use
The phrase “tools of the trade” is often used for items which are suitable. By no means a perfect definition but a fair one and worth keeping in mind to focus on areas which will not be covered by an ATA Carnet:
- Perishable, disposable, or consumable goods (by nature not re-exported).
- Any goods to be sold, or hired out in another country, for financial gain.
- Items which are temporarily exported for processing, repair or refinement.
- Goods on which a CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) refund is to be claimed.
- Items temporarily brought into the EU under a Customs Temporary Concession.
- Equipment for construction, repair or maintenance of buildings, or similar.
- Items used as means of transport (rather than just being a type of transport).
A further point worth remembering is that ATA Carnets are for physical exportation, they can not be used for unaccompanied goods. There is more detail on items unsuitable for ATA carnet if this will help, although areas which are fine can require thought
Correct ATA Carnet Categorisation
We mentioned above that correct ATA Carnet categories for your goods can matter. They may need to tie in with the purpose of your trip, local nuances, or the categories certain countries accept, rather than reject.
A good proportion of items will fit into categories logically, through their natural use and your intended use. If there is any doubt in mind, still easier to seek professional opinion before submitting an application.
For categories, as with all ATA Carnet areas, our support team will be pleased to help. We wish to see all our carnet users have a pleasant journey.