ATA Carnet

LCCI is the national guaranteeing organisation for ATA Carnets in the UK and has appointed a network of Chambers to issue them around the country.

LCCI trains Carnet-issuing staff, produces and updates an Operating Manual, represents the UK at the World ATA Carnet Council, and is ultimately responsible for all Carnets issued from the UK, as well as for dealing with in-bound foreign Carnets. All Carnets issued in the UK must bear an original signature (in blue ink) of the authorised official and original wet stamp of the authorised Issuing Body.

ATA Carnets Explained

What is an ATA Carnet?

The ATA Carnet is an international Customs document which allows the temporary importation of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods going to either a trade fair or exhibition to countries which are part of the ATA Carnet system. Without one you would need to complete each country's customs procedures for the temporary admission of goods e.g. lodging a temporary import bond.

Why are ATA Carnets required?

The ATA Carnet acts as a passport for goods. It simplifies the custom formalities by allowing a single document to be used for clearing goods through customs in the countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system. An ATA Carnet is valid for 1 year and allows for movement of the goods shown on the Carnet as many times as required during the 12 months to any of the destinations applied for.

EC/CPD/China - Taiwan Carnet

This Carnet covers goods temporarily imported/exported between the UK and Taiwan. Other than a different colour code and A4 format to distinguish it from the ATA Carnet, the conditions for its use, the goods for which it can be used, and customs procedures are identical.

  • Cost of ATA Carnet

    For a 24 hour service the issuing cost of a Carnet is £300 + VAT. LCCI Members can benefit from the discounted rate of £180.00 + VAT. 

    In all cases Carnet holders are required to provide a security which relates to the value of the goods being temporarily exported. Please refer to the FAQs below for further information on security and the available options. 

How to Apply for a Carnet

ATA Carnet

Our system will allow you to complete the application online and pay any applicable charges. You will be directed to a third party website to do this. Once issued, the Carnet can either be posted to you or it can be collected from the issuing office.

Taiwan Carnet

  • Download the CPD/China -Taiwan template and complete relevant boxes
  • Email the template so that we can verify whether the application has been completed correctly
  • We will send you a quote for the issuing fee and security as well as the relevant forms to be completed and signed
  • Once the forms and payment have been received, we will release your CPD/China-Taiwan Carnet.


How do I apply for an ATA Carnet?

The easiest way to apply for a Carnet is online. You will be able to complete the application and pay any applicable charges online. Once issued, the Carnet can either be posted to you or it can be collected from the issuing office.

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What can an ATA Carnet be used for?

The ATA Carnet is a temporary admission document which acts as a passport for goods for three main categories of goods:

  • Commercial samples (goods to be shown or demonstrated to potential buyers i.e. jewellery, clothing etc)
  • Goods for presentation or use at trade fairs, shows, conferences, works of art to be exhibited at galleries and museums etc
  • Professional equipment (tools and equipment required to perform a paid commercial activity abroad, goods for testing and evaluation, theatrical effects, orchestras, racing vehicles*, broadcasting equipment, specially adapted vehicles** etc). Horses for racing purposes, commercial shows or breeding. Professional equipment must be used by, or under the personal supervision of the holder or his nominated representative

*Carnets can only be issued for racing vehicles that are transported to the EU or any other Carnet country under transport contract (i.e. by freight forwarder / haulier). Any such vehicles can only be used on a dedicated race-track or on the roads closed to public. If the vehicle is road worthy and is being driven to the country of destination by the owner– then the Carnet is not required (the same applies to personal vehicles being towed or transported by the owner (i.e. motorbike transported to EU in a van by the owner; car being towed behind a motorhome vehicle driven by the owner etc).

** Specially adapted vehicles can be driven on public roads and include any vehicle with permanently fitted equipment (i.e. broadcasting vans, exhibition trailers, water filter trucks etc)  

How many times can an ATA Carnet be used?

An ATA Carnet can be used for multiple visits to any number of countries specified in the itinerary during the period of the validity of the document.

How do I use an ATA Carnet?

We have created a guide to assist ATA Carnet holders with using the document correctly. This will help with minimising the exposure to potential claims from the foreign Customs.

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What countries can I use an ATA Carnet for?

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia (including Tasmania), Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands (Spain), China, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, European Union, Faroe Islands, French overseas departments and territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane and Reunion, New Caledonia and its dependents of Wallis and Futuna Islands, and French Polynesia (includes Tahiti) as well as St Barthelemy, St Martin, Mayotte and Saint Pierre et Miquelon), Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic of, Lebanon, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia (territory also includes Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak), Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa (territory also includes Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho), Spanish overseas territories of Ceuta and Melilla, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (territory includes Liechtenstein), Taiwan (not covered by ATA Carnet; a separate Carnet is available from London Chamber), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA (territory includes District of Columbia and Puerto Rico). 

What are Carnet requirements for specific countries and EU?

Click on the below link for further information on EU and other countries in the scheme.

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How much does an ATA Carnet cost?

Prices vary depending on your LCCI Membership type. For a 24 hour service, prices are:

LCCI Member rate for ATA Carnet: £180 + VAT
Non-Member rate for ATA Carnet: £300 + VAT
LCCI Member rate for TAIWAN Carnet: £180 + VAT
Non-Member rate for TAIWAN Carnet: £300 + VAT
Express One Hour Service (Additional Charge): £180 + VAT

If you regularly travel abroad in a commercial capacity and need a Carnet for your goods, consider LCCI membership to help reduce your costs. Find out more.

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What is the Carnet security and why is it required?

The ATA Carnet provides a guarantee to the Customs of a foreign country into which the goods are temporarily imported that all duties, taxes etc. will be paid to them if the conditions under which they allow these into the country are breached. The Issuing Chamber must receive a security equal to the highest rate of duty and taxes applicable to the goods in any of the countries in the itinerary, and transit if applicable.

Security can be provided in any of the following ways:

  • Banker's draft or cash (refundable once the Carnet has been returned and discharged)
  • Bank Guarantee from Bank of Scotland plc, Barclays Bank plc, HSBC Bank plc, Lloyds Bank plc, National Westminster Bank, TSB Bank plc, Santander UK plc, Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
  • Carnet Security Scheme (CSS) Guarantee - an in-house service allowing the Carnet user to arrange for the security to be provided without having to supply either Banker's Draft, cash or Bank Guarantee. Using CSS, a non-refundable, one off payment means we can provide you with a 'While You Wait' processing service and there is no 'freezing' of assets or funds.
Calculate the security required
How do I apply for CPD/China Taiwan Carnet?

CPD/China-Taiwan Carnets are used exclusively for temporary admission to Taiwan*

To apply for a Taiwan Carnet, please complete the below excel template and email to the team. We will verify whether the application has been completed correctly and send you a quote for the issuing fee and security as well as the relevant forms to be completed and signed.

*If your itinerary includes other Carnet countries, then you must also apply for an ATA Carnet.

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What Chambers are authorised to issue ATA Carnets in the UK?

The following Chambers have been authorised to issue Carnets in the UK:

ManchesterNorthamptonNorwichNottinghamPortsmouthSouthamptonThames Valley

Get in Touch

If you would like to speak with us about ATA Carnets, please complete a short online form with your details. A member of our team will then contact you. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)20 7203 1846.

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