All goods must be individually itemised with each item having its specific description (i.e. make, serial number), weight and value to facilitate Customs identification and prevent substitution of goods. Only the items with identical description can be grouped together.
Packaging cannot be used for describing goods, i.e. “box of”, “bag of”, etc. are not acceptable. You can, however, state that the described item is packed in a bag or a box, i.e. “set of Canon Camera lenses 80-200mm, s/n 1234, packed in a box”)
Cables – cables can be described as “set of cables” with number of pieces being 1.
Toolkits – hand tools can be itemised as “toolkit” and must show weight. If the value of the toolkit is higher than £150.00 the description must also state the no of pieces in the set. Any electrical tools must be itemised separately as the term "toolkit" only applies to non electrical hand tools.
All electrical items require serial numbers to be stated (if the item does not have one or it is illegible, then state NSN at the end of the description).
Values declared must be retail values for new items (or if the goods are used, then state replacement value).
Requirements for specific types of goods:
Make, model, length, registration number (if applicable). Outboard engines as well as any other non-standard equipment must be itemised separately. Boats for personal use, transported by the owner do not need a Carnet (unless going to an official competition, exhibition or similar commercial event)
Title, Author and publisher must be stated
All films must give titles and footage.
Must say what the garments are i.e.: jacket, dress, skirt with as much details as possible i.e. brand, colour and style number
ATA Carnets for unfinished bespoke suits taken abroad for fitting can only be issued for Switzerland. Temporary admission and Return Goods Relief (RGR) should be utilised for exportation to any other country, as long as the suits do not increase in value + are not processed in any way whilst abroad.
Concert / musical equipment (electrical and non-electrical)
Generic description, make, model and serial number (if applicable). For example: Acoustic guitar, Yamaha F310 (nsn)
For panels, give sizes. If knockdown stands give either trade name, e.g. Marler Hayley and serial number with area and weight of stand when erected and at exhibition site. OR full breakdown and size of each panel (photographs useful). Note – if the holder is taking stands abroad to be built for the exhibition and this is being used by a local exhibitor (i.e. Swiss company in a Swiss exhibition) the Holder may be asked to prove that the income has been declared to the local tax authorities (this doesn’t apply for UK stands being built for a UK exhibitor as the financial transaction for this service would have occurred in the UK).
Electrical items (includes computers, scientific equipment, electrical musical instruments etc)
Generic description, trade names (make), model, serial numbers. If no serial numbers then holder should either:
state that there are none (i.e. NSN).
state the item is a prototype (if applicable).
For example: Camera, Canon EOS-1, s/n 12345
Generic description, make (if known), material, dimensions (for tables).
Sex, age, colour, hands and name. Passport details. Horse tack can be described as a set (i.e. set of horse tack including 2stirrups, 1 saddle etc).
Individual description and stock numbers, stating carat weight (of gold as well as individual precious stones) and total gram weights. Colour of the gold must be stated to allow for easier Customs identification. This can be abbreviated as YG or WG with the key to abbreviations given at the end of the list. Actual or estimated carat weight of any stones MUST be given (photographs mandatory for Israel and Russia). Earrings and cufflinks should be itemised as “pairs”, unless shipped as single items.
For example: Yellow gold (9ct) diamond and sapphire ring (D=1ct, S=2ct)
Loose precious stones (polished stones only).
Loose stones must be in sealable stone packets which may be itemised by the packet. If weight per stone is less than 0.1 gm, then the number of stones need not be stated Carat weight or grams necessary:
“Sealable packet of loose diamonds (30)”
Uncut (rough) diamonds require a Kimberley Process Certificate firstname.lastname@example.org
Generic description, make, model, serial number (export / import licences must be obtained where required).
Generic description, size, colour, name (if any), weight, number of knots.
Type i.e. oil giving title and name of artist as well as the year it was made (if known).
Pearls are invariably listed as a strand rather than one item for example: “7-7.5mm cultured freshwater pearl strands”.
No polaroid film allowed. For other types of film give number of rolls and types of film, and state that film is unprocessed.
All names or serial numbers must be stated i.e. individually itemised.
State the type, size, area or weight.
Note furs cannot be sent on a Carnet to Norway.
State the name of the show at the end of the list / comments box (i.e. “theatrical set and props for Les Miserables”). Descriptions can be less detailed than with other categories of goods, but the Customs still need to be able to identify goods taken i.e. “Jean Valjean costume comprising hat, jacket, trousers and shoes”, “Complete stage comprising 8 2mx3m floor sections”). Electrical equipment (music equipment, special effects machines etc) must be itemised in line with usual electrical items requirements – make, model, serial number.
Hand tools can be itemised as “toolkit” and must show weight. If the value of the toolkit is higher than £150.00 the description must also state the no of pieces in the set. Any electrical tools must be itemised separately as the term "toolkit" only applies to non electrical hand tools. If the applicant chooses to give more detail, itemise and individually value, this acceptable i.e. "Toolkit containing - hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, drillbits and hex keys".
UAV (drones, etc)
Make, model, serial number. Drones can be subject to Customs Restrictions in some countries. Check with the receiving Customs whether your goods may require additional permits or licences before applying for a Carnet.
Vehicles (including motorbikes)
Must state the chassis and engine number as well as make.
ATA Carnets can only be issued for cars / motorbikes (when transported to the country of temporary admission under transport / paid contract) for the following use:
“Trade Fairs and Exhibitions” - in this case the Holder should provide the Issuing Chamber with a copy of the Exhibitor Permit* confirming that the vehicle will be exhibited at the specific event (* issuing Chamber needs to receive a copy of the Exhibitor Permit for non-European events only).
“Professional Equipment” - vehicles for racing, test driving or race support (i.e. breakdown trucks supporting an official racing event). In this case the Holder should provide issuing Chamber with a written confirmation** (i.e copy of the Race Participation Certificate) or a letter from the race organisers** showing that the Holder is taking part in a race or providing support vehicles for the race (** issuing Chamber needs to receive a copy of the Certificate or Letter for non-European events only).
“Professional Equipment” - specially adapted vehicles (i.e. broadcasting vehicles, exhibition trailers, catering vans, water filtration trucks etc). Equipment built into the vehicle should be listed separately
Specially adapted vehicles can be driven on public roads, provided they are roadworthy, insured for use abroad and have breakdown cover.