As in the ATA carnet meeting above, online participants at international ICC gatherings have become more common. A reflection of a topic which led the November 2022 administrative committee meeting.
The committee are focused on transition from the paper format to a digital carnet system. International chambers were thanked for their parts in trial runs, which have been happening globally for a while.
Dynamic took part in a UK trial at Heathrow and we were impressed with the potential the new system holds. As delegates pointed out, carnet use by App is simpler, safer, cheaper, and more efficient than paper.
They stressed how important digitalisation of ATA carnets is, for Customs, users and improved trade. A transition road map is in place, with the aim being to begin real use of electronic ATA carnets in 2024.
Other Meeting Topics
Late last year, we mentioned progress on ATA carnets for The Philippines, their membership was confirmed at the meeting. Belarus extended the categories they accept, a few countries who offer 6 month carnets are considering 12 months.
All welcome movement towards making carnets a seamless operation across the globe. There was also mention of a topic which should be standard.
ATA carnets are a great tool for temporary export but they do not set aside a need for licences, or certificates on prohibited, or restricted goods. Carnets can be used but in every country, additional paperwork should be the norm.
The Istanbul Convention and associated initiatives are an amazing achievement. How often do 80 or so countries agree on anything, let alone share an approach which influences imports and duty collection.
Mutual benefit is part of this, along with wide recognition of a need for open trade in a global market. The ease of use ATA carnets bring and their ability to stimulate trade are welcomed across nations.
This applies in the UK, more so since Brexit. A ready made system the UK and EU could instantly use has removed any need to try to create a new option.
There are no signs that the welcome level of cooperation carnets have brought to date is likely to diminish. The next primary ATA/Istanbul Administrative Committee meeting is already scheduled for autumn 2023.
By then, 150,000 more ATA carnets will have been issued worldwide and the eATA (electronic carnet) should be closer to practical reality. The chances are, one or two more countries will have taken steps towards joining the system.
At a time when issues from energy, to movement of goods are having such an impact, a unified approach to temporary exports can only help. If we can support you in using ATA carnets, please get in touch.