There were a few controversies on the way to the 2022 World Cup but people are now looking forward to watching inspiring games.
To ensure enjoyment is spread across the globe, broadcasters from many countries need to get their equipment to Qatar. Neither are they alone, with other temporary imports ranging from kit, to training items, to physio tables.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics saw 118,000 pieces of equipment enter China on an ATA carnet. The World Cup may not be far behind and without the carnet system, staging the tournament would be far more difficult.
This led customs authorities in Qatar to approve carnet use for professional equipment, alongside items for exhibitions and trade fairs. The current plan is to keep this in place for the World Cup, although a similar amendment may be retained.
As Qatar Chamber’s manager stated “this will help further promote Qatar as a leading global hub for investment and tourism”. A benefit of ATA carnet membership, which is increasing trade in other regions.
Expansion in Asia
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Kashmir Chamber of Commerce recently held a joint workshop on using carnets. A significant event, attended by the heads of regional trade bodies.
They are linking this to current projects, such as the One District One Product initiative and to long term development. Carnet use has been relabelled as the “FICCI Green Channel Route”, to increase popularity within India’s business community.
Representatives from export councils, film associations, freight forwarding companies and exhibition organizers were in attendance to offer advice. A sharing of knowledge which is also on show elsewhere.
Similar promotions have been held in the ATA carnet family’s newest member country, Vietnam, along with customs training sessions. A reminder that carnets have become far more than a system for wealthy countries.
The Indian Prime Minister mentioned how the FICCI initiative could help to foster balanced regional development across the country. Similar thoughts apply to neighbouring countries who become ATA carnet members.
Shared systems help to break down barriers, allow trade to feel more logical and remove practical road blocks. Carnets are relatively low admin and bring notable time savings, in terms of preparation, or business journeys.
As early members, the UK should be pleased to see the way ATA carnet adoption has spread across the globe. The original mission statement to “Remove barriers to trade and travel” has been met, we look forward to even more members.
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