ATA Carnets

  • ATA Carnets

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce has been chosen to represent London Chamber of Commerce on advice, guidance and issuance of ATA Carnets in the East of England.

  1. Do you have to take samples with you on your overseas sales trips?
  2. Do you participate in Overseas Trade Fairs or Exhibitions?
  3. Do you ever need to take Professional Equipment overseas?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may find that using an ATA Carnet will make the trip so much easier.

The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty/tax free TEMPORARY import of goods for up to one year. 

Using an ATA Carnet cuts out the red tape for you at border points avoiding cash deposits and the like in the country of temporary importation.

It can be used for multiple trips, is valid for one year and covers over 60 countries.

Remember – the Carnet acts as a passport so whatever leaves the UK must always come back.

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.

Carnets can cover almost anything: computers, repair tools, photographic and film equipment, musical instruments, industrial machinery, vehicles, jewellery, clothing, medical appliances, aircraft, race horses, old masters, prehistoric relics, ballet costumes and rock group sound systems are just some of the items that can cross borders duty-free and tax-free, thanks to ATA Carnets.

There are three categories* that the goods can be used for:

  • Commercial Samples
  • Professional Equipment
  • Exhibitions

*Restrictions on some countries may vary - contact the International Team for clarification

All carnets must be accompanied by an Application Form/Formal Undertaking and CIS Premium Application Form.  We cannot release carnets until we have the original copies of these forms.


Producing Carnets has never been easier thanks to introduction of e-zCert Carnet applications. You can now create your own Carnets electronically via the e-zCert service and submit them to the Norfolk Chambers for processing. This means there’s no charge for preparing the Carnet and no need to send the original documents to the Chamber. Get online and take advantage of the service that businesses all over the country are using to save time and money.


You may require an ATA Carnet for travel into or through the EU from 1st January 2021.  These can be applied for as above but also click here for a Brext update guide to assist you.

Take a look at our Carnet Rates.

Members of Norfolk Chambers are entitled to 40% Discount on our standard rates.

Members of other Eastern Chambers, can benefit from 10% Discount.

For more information, a quotation or if you have any questions, please contact us on Tel. 01603 729706 or by email at:

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