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ATA Carnet Updates: Italy and China

Last updated on January 13th, 2020  The ICC World Chamber Federation, the organization that administers the ATA Carnet system, has released two country-specific operational changes relating to the usage of the ATA Carnet. Italy Inland Customs ports in Italy will no longer be using the re-exportation vouchers and counterfoils to clear temporary exports leaving inland ports. The Customs officers will require blue transit vouchers and counterfoils according to articles no. 70 and no. 91 of the Italian Customs’ instructions. USCIB has advised that the counterfoil that shows the transit discharge, as completed by the Customs officers in Italy or at the EU border, will serve as acceptable proof that the goods on the ATA Carnet have been re-exported. Please note this means that the blue transit counterfoils and vouchers are crucial evidence of re-exportation should a claim be received. China China is expanding the scope of acceptable goods on ATA Carnet to include sporting goods. Per the General Administration of Customs of the P.R. China Announcement No. 193 of 2019, “Sports requisites and other articles for use in sports contests or demonstrations or for training could be cleared under ATA Carnets as of 1 January 2020.” While not as broad an expansion as the acceptance of professional equipment and commercial samples that China announced a year ago, this change demonstrates significant growth potential for ATA Carnet in China. Please be aware that China still requires that only one intended use is indicated in Box C on the ATA Carnet green cover. This means that when applying for an ATA Carnet for China you can only select one intended use.   This information comes to us directly from U.S. Council for International Business, the appointed ATA Carnet national guarantee association for the United States. Contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk today if you have any questions or to take advantage of this new expansion of the ATA Carnet in China! You can reach us at 1.800.Carnets (1.800.227.6387) or by email at Carnets@RoanokeGroup.com. Visit our dedicated pages to read all of the ins-and outs of ATA Carnets for Italy and ATA Carnets for China.

ATA Carnet Alert – China Carnet Access Expanded for US Business

Last updated on May 20th, 2020Roanoke Trade is thrilled to pass along the excellent news to our partners and clients that the scope of acceptance for ATA Carnets in China has expanded! Per a recent announcement, the General Administration of Customs of the Peoples Republic of China has started accepting ATA Carnets for Professional Equipment and Commercial Samples as of January 9th, 2019. This means that US exporters and manufacturers can take advantage of entering their professional equipment, tools of the trade and commercial samples into China with ATA Carnets. Previously only goods traveling for Exhibitions, Fairs, and similar cultural events were accepted under ATA Carnet into China. This is a significant and valuable change for US businesses’ access to the Chinese market and makes temporary entry procedures into China much easier. China Carnet Time Limit Removed That is not the only good news. Additionally, China will no longer limit ATA Carnet entries to 6 months. As per the recent announcement, the final date of re-exportation of ATA Carnets in China time limit is being removed and extended to the full validity of the ATA Carnet. This means that moving forward ATA Carnets imported into China will have the same re-exportation date requirement as the majority of countries that accept ATA Carnets. With the new tariffs and barriers to entry into China this could not come at a better time for US business. The ongoing dispute over unfair trade practices between the current administration and the Chinese government has complicated the process of doing business with Chinese markets and suppliers. The expansion of the ATA Carnet in China allows US companies one easy and inexpensive method of continuing or even expanding business in China. With this great news we look forward to providing you with ATA Carnets to China! Contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk today to take advantage of these expansions of the ATA Carnet in China! You can reach us at 1.800.Carnets (1.800.227.6387) or by email at Carnets@RoanokeGroup.com. Don’t forget to check out our dedicated China page for all the ins-and-outs of traveling to China with an ATA Carnet.

Qatar is Accepting ATA Carnets Beginning August 1st of 2018!

Last updated on May 20th, 2020August 1st, is a big day in the ATA Carnet world! After much anticipation Qatar will officially be accepting ATA Carnets, and we know many of you are very happy with this latest ATA Carnet development. As of tomorrow U.S. exporters who ship to Qatar can begin sending their temporary import shipments to Qatar on the ATA Carnet, the “passport for cargo” and the gold standard for temporary entries. To best prepare your business for this change, here is a list of the special considerations that Qatar has for ATA Carnet entries: 1.) As Qatar is only initially accepting goods for exhibitions and fairs, we recommend when completing the Importation Voucher that you notate on the importation voucher in section F b) Declare that goods are intended for use at: the following: a. Name of the Event b. Venue of the Event c. Duration of the Event 2.) Qatar does not accept split shipments. What is listed at time of entry must be the same items listed for re-exportation. Please note – you are able to import part of a general list. However, if only importing select item numbers listed on the general list and not the entire general list, then those same item numbers must be all re-exported together. 3.) ATA Carnet goods entering Qatar are accepted for goods shipped as cargo as well as hand-carried on a commercial airline as carryon baggage or checked as excess baggage. 4.) If you need to extend the time the goods need to stay in Qatar beyond the expiration date then we have good news, Qatar will be accepting Replacement ATA Carnets! 5.) Qatar will be assessing penalties if the ATA Carnet goods are not re-exported on or before the final date of re-exportation notated in box 2 of the importation counterfoil. A fee of QAR 1,000 (US$275) shall be payable weekly or part of the week past the re-exportation date with the condition that the final amount shall not exceed 20% of the value of the goods. We look forward to providing you with ATA Carnets to Qatar! Contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk today, and be the first to enter Qatar on an ATA Carnet! You can reach us at 1.800.Carnets (1.800.227.6387) or by email at Carnets@RoanokeGroup.com.

ATA Carnets Welcome Qatar!

Last updated on May 23rd, 2018Starting this August, Qatar will be officially accepting ATA Carnets! This means that U.S. exporters to Qatar can begin sending their temporary import shipments to Qatar on ATA Carnet, the “passport for cargo” and the gold standard for temporary entries. By joining the ATA Carnet system, Qatar strengthens their status as a global investment destination and becomes even more attractive to international events and exhibitions. According to the latest data available from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the United States exports $4.9 billion worth of goods to Qatar annually with a high proportion of this trade in the aviation, machinery, and electronics sectors. The U.S. enjoys a $3.8 billion trade surplus with Qatar, and acceptance of ATA Carnet shipments promises to ease trade to Qatar and further develop economic cooperation and export expansion for U.S. companies. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) officially welcomed Qatar as the 78th country to implement the ATA Carnet system at the World ATA Carnet Council meetings in X’ian China, last week. Qatar’s application of the ATA Carnet system will initially be open to only goods for exhibitions and fairs, but, ICC WCF World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), Chair Ruedi Bolliger states “…we believe the implementation will give Qatar enough confidence to expand the scope of application to other main categories of goods in the near future.” We look forward to providing you with ATA Carnets to Qatar! Contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk today, and be the first to enter Qatar on an ATA Carnet! You can reach us at 1.800.Carnets (1.800.227.6387) or by email at Carnets@RoanokeGroup.com.