ATA Carnet is a simple and unique international customs document that allows temporary importation of the most important groups of goods traded in the world. ATA Carnet products circulate unpaid for a period of one year when it is in the customs territory of the country that has accepted the Temporary Importation Convention without completing national customs documents, payment of customs or deposit, which is otherwise followed in the regular procedure for temporary export, or import. In the world, ATA Carnet is a synonym of passports for goods.

ATA is an abbreviation, a combination of the initial letters of the French word “Admission Temporaire” and the English word “Temporary Admission”, which means temporary importation. Who can use ATA Carnet? The holder of ATA Carnet can only be a domestic legal or natural person. ATA Carnet holder may have his Agent (one or more). The agent is a person who travels with a carnet, ie, follows the goods. This may be the carrier itself or some other person authorized by the holder, and more persons may be listed. If the agent is a foreigner or you do not know who will be in the “Agent” section, Letter of Authority will be used instead of the name. In the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH – ATA Department, a form of the Letter of Authorization form can be obtained, which the agent must show to the customs officer each time he carries out the export / import / transit operation with ATA Carnet.

Conditions for using ATA Carnet Goods with ATA Carnet cross the border quickly and easily (without engaging freight forwarders, depositing deposits etc.), but certain rules and conditions must be respected:

  1. All goods exported or imported under ATA Carnet must be fully re-exported / re-imported in the same state in which they were exported / imported (not intended for sale, rent, commercial maintenance, processing, repair, internal transport, industrial packaging or production, construction, commercial exploitation of natural resources, etc.).
  2. All goods exported or imported under ATA Carnet must be easily recognizable upon export / import and re-export / re-import (detailed description of goods in the Goods List).
  3. All values of the goods involved must represent the true commercial value in the country of issue.
  4. All holders must comply with national laws and regulations of the country of departure / countries to be visited / countries in transit.
  5. All goods covered by the carnet are subject to customs inspection and whenever inspection is required by the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH.
  6. The term of validity of ATA Carnet is determined by the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH in accordance with the deadline provided for by the Convention, ie up to 12 months from the date of issue. However, the customs authorities of the member countries of the ATA chain may also determine a shorter period, in accordance with their national regulations, in accordance with the relevant Conventions.

The use of ATA Carnet is also envisaged for transit through the country, under the terms of the ATA Convention.

Main groups of goods for which ATA Carnets are issued The Convention sets out the basic principles governing the temporary import / export of the three main groups of goods:

– Exhibits

– Commercial samples

– Professional equipment

Under ATA Carnet, WE DO NOT import consumable and perishable goods, goods intended for processing, processing or repairs, as well as advertising materials that will be distributed at fairs or exhibitions in the territory of temporary importation. In short, temporary imports under ATA Carnet relate to goods that will be re-exported in the same state as they are imported. Advantages of ATA Carnet for users

  1. Simplification of customs procedures using one document for all customs transactions (temporary export, transit, temporary import, re-export and re-import).
  2. Payment of customs duties and other charges, taxes or deposits, usually with temporary importation into an individual country, is unnecessary.
  3. The validity of ATA Carnet for up to one year allows its multiple use for temporary import into one or more member countries of the ATA System with the same goods. For Customs, ATA Carnet means less administration and security that it will charge import dues, if there is no re-export.