Take goods temporarily out of the UK

Get an ATA Carnet

You can use an ATA Carnet in around 70 countries.

Countries have their own rules about what goods you can bring in with an ATA Carnet. Check with the issuer in the country you’re exporting to.

If you cannot use an ATA Carnet (or do not want to pay the fee), use a Duplicate List to temporarily export your goods instead.

How to apply

You can apply for an ATA Carnet:

If you’re using a freight forwarder, they’ll usually fill this in for you.

It usually costs £325.96 and you’ll need to pay a security deposit.

If you’re sending goods to Taiwan, apply for a Taiwan Carnet instead.

ATA Carnets are usually valid for 1 year. Ask the overseas customs authority if you need to extend it. You’ll need their written approval before you apply for a replacement Carnet.

Using an ATA Carnet

Call the helpline when you’re planning your journey.

They’ll check that a customs officer can stamp your Carnet at the port or airport your goods are being shipped from.

HMRC imports and exports helpline
Telephone: 0300 200 3700
Textphone: 0300 200 3719
Outside the UK: +44 29 2050 1261
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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When you return to the UK

Go through the red channel at customs if you’re bringing the goods back in your baggage.

Get help with ATA Carnets

Contact the ATA Carnet Unit if you have a question.

National ATA Carnet Unit
atacarnetunit@hmrc.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 322 7064
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