Our equine carnet specialist Kirsty and her horse Bella make a good team. Ready to support you from knowledge on ATA carnets and the equine world.
That is a broad world, with horses travelling temporarily for events, trials, dressage, breeding, or to compete in races across the globe. They can need to go overseas for specialist training.
Each brings different requirements and understanding them matters. An ATA carnet should be about more than paperwork, there to ensure that you can focus on the job in hand, whilst you, your horse and tack have a smooth journey.
The Value Of ATA Carnets
Simplifying customs procedures and reducing hassle, or delay is a key reasons for carnets. They remove a need to pay taxes, or duties and above all, bring certainty by being what is in a sense a second passport for your horse.
They will still need their normal horse passport and an export health certificate. A customs declaration is required across the EU, along with documents specific to transporting live animals, aimed at safe management.
Other countries may ask for further equine, or export documentation. If you are not familiar with the paperwork, our team can advise. Having an ATA carnet will avoid a fair degree of additional admin, or paying for a bond.
Your carnet will normally be valid for 12 months and can be used as many times as you wish during that time, at no additional cost. We can also can provide a 2, or 6 month carnet at reduced cost, if this suits your needs.
ATA carnets are adaptable and reliable. 87 countries and territories are carnet members, giving a wide reach to a proven system.
Using A Carnet In Practice
You can list as many horses, or as much tack as you wish on one carnet. Worth remembering that once your carnet is issued, you can’t add to the list.
Consumables, for you, your travelling companion, or to give away can not go on an ATA carnet. Almost any other item can, as long as the plan is for this to return to the UK in the same condition as on departure.
Listing all your tack and other equipment is worth the time. This helps to prevent any delays for what could be a quite minor reason and if you don’t have one separately, can act as an inventory for your journey.
The details needed for your horse and tack are logical, in the main to aid identification by customs. See a complete guide to obtaining an equine carnet:
Natural Acceptance Globally
ATA carnets are a respected system, well understood by customs authorities worldwide. Whilst providing your itinerary can help, once inside the EU, you are largely back in the position of pre Brexit, borderless freedom.
Documents such as horse passports issued by most UK studbooks and the British Equestrian Federation are now recognised in the EU. Holding one can also speed up proceedings for other ATA carnet countries.
The UK equine sector is respected across the globe, as they are by our staff. We work with Newmarket trainers on horse racing carnets, stud farms, eventing teams, or individual owners and truly appreciate the professionalism they show.
Having an equine ATA carnet specialist on board is helpful to us, or our clients and we hope you will find our support as professional as your own operation. The horses you are moving deserve no less.