ATA Carnet

If you're exporting certain goods, equipment and motor vehicles on a temporary basis then an ATA Carnet is exactly what you need.

An ATA Carnet acts as a passport and replaces the need for all the usual customs documents.


Changes from 1st January 2021

ATA Carnets were not previously needed for UK businesses travelling into other EU countries, but since 1st January 2021 and the end of the Brexit transition period, firms can choose to use an ATA Carnet when transporting goods temporarily into EU countries or transferring them through the EU to non-EU or other countries. Using an ATA Carnet will enable your goods to move duty-free and avoid delays and extra costs at the border. 



Whether you want to take samples to overseas buyers and potential customers, exhibit at a trade fair or transport professional equipment, we can ensure that you never have to pay duty at the time of import.

If you want your goods to benefit from a streamlined customs clearance routine then use our fast, reliable and secure electronic ATA Carnet service today.

Our ATA Carnet service includes:

  • Completion of all Carnet vouchers
  • Simplification of customs procedures
  • Bespoke service to suit your needs



Each ATA Carnet that you require will cost just £350.00 +VAT *

All of the ATA Carnets that we issue can be used for multiple trips and are valid for a period of up to one year.

* There is a discount available to members of the Business West Chamber of Commerce.



Follow the link below to register your Acorn account and start creating your ATA Carnet documents.

PLEASE NOTE: Before you can start submitting and publishing your ATA Carnet documents you will need to complete and return a Formal Undertaking document to our Chambers of Commerce. Our export documentation team are on hand to help with any questions or queries around setting up your account.


What goods are covered by an ATA Carnet? 

In general, ATA Carnets cover:

  • Commercial samples.
  • Goods temporarily imported for display or use at trade shows, exhibitions, fairs or meetings.
  • Recorded film and media.
  • Professional equipment that you might need for your work, e.g. cameras, laptops and sound equipment.
  • Goods imported in connection with a manufacturing operation.
  • Instruments, apparatus or machines made available by a supplier pending delivery or repair of similar equipment.
  • Goods for educational, scientific or cultural purposes.
  • Sports goods.

However, the types of goods that may be covered by ATA Carnets varies between contracting countries, so we recommend getting in touch if you have any doubts before applying.


Which countries accept ATA Carnets?

Here is a full list of countries that accept ATA Carnets:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia (includes Tasmania), Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands, Chile, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Faroe Islands, French overseas territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane and Reunion, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna Islands, and French Polynesia (includes Tahiti), St Barthelemy, St Martin, Mayotte, Saint Pierre et Miquelon), Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic of, Lebanon, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia (includes Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak), Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa (includes Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho), Spanish overseas territories (Ceuta and Melilla), Sri Lanka, Switzerland (includes Liechtenstein), Thailand, Tunisia, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA (includes Puerto Rico and Saipan).

Carnets can now also be used for all EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden


If you'd like to discuss any specific requirements regarding an ATA Carnet application then you can call the team on +44 (0)1275 370754 or email