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What is ATA Carnet?

ATA Carnet is an international customs document that allows taxable product temporary (for up to one year) import duty-free. It consists of unified forms of customs declarations allowing the identification of goods that are used at each border crossing point. It is a worldwide guarantee for customs duties and taxes and can replace the security deposit required by each customs authority. ATA carnet can be used in several countries on several trips up to the entire validity period

The ATA carnet is an A4 format book with a green cover, made up of sheets of different colors depending on the number of operations and countries (but not more than 10 temporary import operations). ATA Carnet contains two main types of sheets - tear-off sheets and continuous-spine roots.

They have different colors, which vary depending on the type of customs operation:

  •  green  - cover of the ATA carnet;
  •  yellow  - for operations of export from the territory of the Russian Federation and return import;
  •  white  - for importation into the territory of a foreign state and for re-exportation;
  •  blue  - for the transit of goods.

Drawing up a carnet is determined by the route and nature of the operation. At the same time, they gather together and issue such a number of sheets of various types that the declarant needs. The ATA Carnet is completed in English or, as directed CCI Russia, in another language of the country where the goods are temporarily imported using the ATA carnet.

ATA is an acronym for the French "Admission Temporaire" and English "Temporary Admission" terms for temporary admission. 

The ATA Carnet is jointly administered by the World Customs Organization (WTO) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through its World Federation of Chambers. 

ATA Carnet allows members FEA minimize the time of customs clearance of goods and reduce the costs associated with the payment of customs duties and customs clearance.

How it all began

In 1955, Charles Aubert (the first director of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce) decided to create a document that would simplify and speed up the temporary use of goods in another country. He based his idea on the existing bilateral system between Switzerland and Austria. This idea was supported by the Customs Cooperation Council (the predecessor organization of the WTO) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The Customs Convention on ECS Carnets for Commercial Designs was adopted and entered into force on October 03.10.1957, XNUMX, jointly by the World Customs Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce. ECS stand for combined English and French words Echantillons Commerciaux - Commercial Designs.

In 1961, the WTO adopted the Customs Convention on the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Importation of Goods (ATA Convention), which entered into force on July 30.07.1963, XNUMX. The ATA Carnets are considered to be an updated version of the ECS Carnets, which were no longer limited to commercial designs. More specific agreements for the types of goods allowed were subsequently developed and agreed upon by the WTO.

The States that have signed this Convention are convinced that the adoption of common procedures for the temporary duty-free import of goods will provide significant advantages for international commercial and cultural activities and provide a higher degree of harmony and uniformity in customs.

The International ATA system includes 77 countries of them 28 EU member countries... More than 165 thousand ATA carnets are issued annually in the world. The Russian Federation has been a party to the customs conventions on temporary importation under the ATA carnet since 1995. Since 2012, the ATA carnet has been used in Russia as a customs declaration for temporarily exported goods.

ATA Carnet in Russia

In Russia, the functions of the association issuing and guaranteeing the ATA are performed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, which is connected with the established international practice, according to which the associations that guarantee international functioning of the ATA system in the countries participating in customs conventions are international guarantees. ATA network of the World Federation of Chambers (WWF).

Russia applies a simplified procedure of customs clearance and customs control for temporary importation for those categories of goods that are governed by the following annexes of the 1990 Convention of the City to which it has joined, namely:

  • Appendix B.1 “About products for demonstration or use at exhibitions, fairs, conferences or similar events”
  • Appendix B.2 “About Professional Equipment”
  • Appendix B.3 “On containers, pallets, packages, samples and other goods imported in connection with a commercial transaction”
  • Appendix B.5 “On goods imported for educational, scientific or cultural purposes.

The following items can be moved using ATA Carnet.

  • Products for exhibitions, showrooms, fairs and other similar events, products necessary for the display and arrangement of exposure on forums;
  • Medical devices and instruments;
  • Electronic equipment for repair, testing and testing;
  • Samples of new collections of clothes;
  • Mounting, testing, starting, monitoring and testing equipment for the repair and maintenance of vehicles;
  • Business equipment, devices and gadgets (PC, audio / video devices);
  • Devices and devices for photographing (cameras, light meters, optics, tripods, batteries, chargers, monitors, lighting, etc.);
  • Different types of reusable packaging.

Advantages of using ATA Carnet

  • The ATA card replaces the customs declaration and exempts the declarant from the need to submit an electronic declaration;
  • The ATA Carnet provides accelerated customs clearance, which boils down to the fact that the customs officer makes special marks on the relevant carnet sheets;
  • ATA Carnet exempts the customs applicant from paying customs duties, incl. customs clearance fees, ensuring the payment of customs duties;
  • ATA Carnet is an international financial guarantee for the payment of customs duties (the guarantor is the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia);
  • The ATA card gives you the opportunity to visit up to 10 countries during the entire document validity period (one year).

List of documents required to obtain an ATA carnet

  1. A cover letter on a standard form with a request to issue an ATA carnet (stamped and signed by the head of the applicant organization).
  2. Statement-guarantee on the standard form (signed by the head of the applicant organization and persons duly authorized to represent the interests of the holder of the carnet)
  3. The power of attorney to provide the right to sign the Guarantee Statement (original) and represent the interests of the carnet holder in the Chamber of Commerce.
  4. Power of Attorney for granting the right to sign the ATA carnet and the right to act on behalf of the carnet holder in the customs authorities (in English and Russian).
  5. Copies of documents confirming the legal status of the applicant: • Notarized copy of the charter; • Notarized copy of registration certificate.
  6. Copies of documents on the basis of which the goods are imported / exported, signed and stamped by the head of the applicant organization (contract, invitation to the exhibition, etc. with translation into Russian).
  7. Documents confirming the actual commercial value of the goods (proforma invoice, copy of the invoice, invoices, price lists or other documents defining or confirming the value of the goods (signed and stamped by the head of the applicant organization and the chief accountant).
  8. Notification-application for insurance of risks associated with the issuance of an ATA carnet.
  9. The general list of goods, in the form in which it will be indicated on the back cover of the ATA carnet (in print and electronic form). The general list is presented separately in English and Russian.
  10. Receipt of payment for the services of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for issuing an ATA carnet.

To import goods using the ATA Carnet to Vladivostok, you must

  1. Analyze the characteristics of the goods and determine the list of documents required for import.
  2. Prepare the necessary documents.
  3. Deliver cargo in Vladivostok.
  4. After passing the customs clearance to get the goods from the customs warehouse.
  5. Before the expiration of the ATA Carnet, take the goods out of the Russian Federation.

Registration of an ATA carnet and the procedure for filling it out

  1. The ATA carnet document includes a two-page cover and loose-leaf tear-off pages. The document contains multi-colored sheets by the number of transactions (no more than ten) and states of temporary import. The procedure for compiling a carnet depends on the route and type of operations. The Applicant is issued and collected a certain number of sheets of different colors, depending on the needs of the Declarant.
  2. Filling out the carnet is carried out in English or in the language of the state into which the temporary import of products is planned using this document.
  3. All collected sheets as part of the ATA carnet are filled in the same way. At the same time, various corrections or additions in the form of footnotes and stickers are not allowed. The information on the sheets of the carnet must correspond to the data on the cover of the document and cannot be changed in the future. To enter data into carnet sheets, printing and other methods of applying information that ensure normal readability can be used. The signature of the carnet holder is put on the cover and additional sheets. The remaining sheets are filled in when passing customs control.
  4. Features of filling in the cover of the ATA carnet and its sheets:
    • The front part:
    • Field “A” - Holder: Specifies the name and address of the individual or the name and address of the company that owns the product entered in the carnet.
    • Field B - Representative (carrier): Last name and address information of the person who accompanies the products at the customs control (data of drivers, which presents the ATA carnet at the customs).
    • Field C - Purpose of movement of goods: Demonstration materials required for certain purposes; industrial designs or professional equipment.
    • Depending on the type of imported goods, the applicable Annex of the Convention is selected.
    • Back side:
    • 1 field - Sequence number: All the goods in the list are numbered, so the sequence number of the last item must match the number of goods being moved.
    • 2 Field - Product Description: The brand, name, type, serial numbers, and other data must be clearly indicated to ensure accurate identification of imported products.
    • 3 field - Quantity: you must specify exact quantitative data. The indication of mass and volume is only required for importation into Switzerland.
    • 4 field - Cost: cost data (free of duty) is entered in US dollars or in other monetary units in which foreign buyers can be settled.
    • These numbers are rounded to whole numbers (to the dollar, etc.)
    • 6 field - State of origin of products: country indicated in codes ISO.
    • 7 field - not to be filled.
  5. After the list of products on the back cover, as well as each of the sheets, the following inscription must be made: "This list includes "N" products with a total value of "N" $ (or in another currency without taxes). Products that have an equal value and a similar description may be included in the list under one number.Consumables and products that will be spent during the planned events (products, promotional materials, samples intended for distribution, etc.) are not indicated in the ATA carnet.
  6. After receiving the required carnet sheets, it is necessary to fill out the documentation for presentation to the authorities that carry out the final processing of carnets.
  7. Features of carnet design. All sheets must be folded in the required order, after which:
    • it is necessary to number the sheets;
    • after the product list on the front and back of the cover, as well as on additional sheets (if available), the specialist who issues the carnet indicates the name, date and notarizes the entries with a signature and seal;
    • using the print on the front of the cover and sheets of the carnet (field A), put its number containing the country code;
    • the name of the authority that issued the carnet is indicated in the designated place of the B field (front of the cover and sheets);
    • The date until which the carnet is valid is indicated in the A field of the front cover in this form: year / month / day, for example: 01 / 02 / 19, the carnet is valid 1 year.
  8. The general list specified in the carnet cannot be changed, supplemented and corrected.
  9. A properly executed carnet is used to make a copy, which is saved along with the documentation provided by the recipient for three years. 

Requirements that an ATA carnet holder must comply with

  1. Prohibited the sale of products imported by the ATA carnet. All goods on the list must be exported back after the end of the stay, which is determined by the customs service that prepares the entry. In this case, the date specified for the export of products can not be later than the expiration date of the carnet.
  2. The recipient of the carnet is obliged to comply with all standards that are established for the use of the ATA carnet, as well as the requirements of the customs services of the destination country. The holder of this document receives the necessary marks upon entry / exit. The absence of customs marks leads to the imposition of stipulated duties and other payments.
  3. The holder of the carnet should monitor compliance with the rules of registration of carnets by border services.
  4. The holder of the carnet is responsible to the association for any costs that it may incur due to the provision of guarantees.
  5. In the case when the fact of the absence of goods contained in the list of carnet (due to damage, theft, theft, etc.) was discovered when leaving a foreign country, they are automatically subject to customs duties. If you lose the carnet itself, you should contact the police or customs office for the relevant certificate.
  6. Upon expiration or after the scheduled operation is completed, the carnet must be returned to the issuing authority for verification.
  7. In case of violation of the conditions for issuing, processing or applying, issues need to be resolved with foreign customs authorities, while paying customs payments.

What are the customs authorities monitoring when checking the ATA carnet?

  1. Document validity by validity (subsection c) "Valid until / Valable jusq'au" field G on the front cover of the carnet;
  2. The legitimacy of the use of ATA carnet regarding imported products;
  3. The presence on the front part of the cover of the document marks on the possibility of its use in this state (field P of the front part of the cover of the ATA carnet) and prescriptions at the top of the back side of the final sheet of the green color of the ATA carnet;
  4. Proper filling and registration of the product list and additional sheets;
  5. Registration of the roots and tear-off vouchers of the carnet (the data in them must coincide with those specified in the accompanying documentation);
  6. The presence of marks on the customs clearance of imported goods on the yellow spine of the carnet, which has the record at the top - "have been exported" or "ont ete exportees".
  7. Subject to the existing requirements for the design of the carnet, an authorized officer of the customs service accepts such a document.
Until recently, the provision of information about goods transported using ATA carnets was possible only on paper. This greatly complicated the customs procedures, made them more lengthy and limited the ability to control the movement of goods. The solution to the problem was the provision of data on the ATA carnets in electronic form.

The form submitted by Alta-Soft allows you to issue an xml version of Carnet without using additional software.

Legal framework:

  • Customs Convention on the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Importation of Goods dated 06.12.1961
  • Convention on temporary admission of 26.06.1990
  • Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of October 02.10.1995, 1084 No. XNUMX "On the accession of the Russian Federation to the Customs Convention on the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Importation of Goods and the Convention on Temporary Importation"
  • Order of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation of December 28.12.2012, 2675 No. XNUMX "On approval of guidelines on the use of the ATA carnet"
  • Order of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation from 31.01.2017 No. 16n "On establishing the competence of customs authorities to perform customs operations with goods moved using ATA carnets" (as amended by the Order of the Ministry of Finance of Russia from 31.01.2018 N 17н
  • The proforma form of the ATA carnet issued in the Russian Federation is given in Appendix No. 1
  • Order of the Federal Customs Service of Russia dated July 25.07.2007, 895 N 30.07.2012 (as amended on July 26.06.1990, XNUMX) "On Approval of the Methodological Recommendations on the Application of the ATA Carnet" (together with the "Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Importation of Goods", "Convention on temporary admission" (concluded in Istanbul on XNUMX))
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