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Get an ATA Carnet

You can only use ATA Carnets in certain countries. Find out which countries accept ATA carnets.

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.

If you do not get an ATA Carnet or Duplicate List

You’ll need to declare your goods and pay duties every time your goods go through customs.

You’ll also need to follow the full customs rules and processes for exports and imports.

You can check the rules on:

How to apply

You can apply for an ATA Carnet online through the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

If you’re using a freight forwarder, they’ll usually complete the application for you.

It usually costs £180 plus VAT for members of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and £300 plus VAT for non-members. You’ll also need to pay a security deposit.

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

How long your carnet lasts

An ATA Carnet is usually valid for 1 year from the date it’s issued.

Once a carnet is issued, you cannot change or extend the dates.

If you need to use your goods for longer, you’ll need to get 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 322 9434
Textphone: 0300 200 3719
Outside the UK: +44 29 2050 1261
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

When you return to the UK

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

If you’re a haulier, a freight forwarder or a driver, and travelling through the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead, you will need to book a slot at an inland border facility.

Get help with ATA Carnets

Contact the ATA Carnet Unit if you have a question.

National ATA Carnet Unit
Telephone: 0300 322 7064
Find out about call charges