ATA Carnet for temporary import to the UK

When participating in a trade fair or exhibition, or carrying out a project in a country outside the European Union, you can save on import duties and VAT with an ATA Carnet. Since Brexit, you can also use this document for temporary import into the United Kingdom.

Where these goods used to be able to cross the UK border without any problem, this now involves complex customs formalities. Incorrect handling of temporary imports from countries outside the EU entails financial risks.

Document for Temporary Admission

The Temporary Admission carnet (ATA Carnet) offers a simple solution for this. This document is a kind of passport for your goods and can be used at all stages of a temporary export.

Products that return to the Netherlands after use in the UK

You can only apply for an ATA Carnet for products that are returned to the Netherlands after use in the UK. So not for promotional items and business gifts such as flyers and goodie bags. You must export these goods through the regular route with an export declaration and import them into the UK. When you export consumable goods you will have to go through the regular route with an export declaration and import them into the UK.

Benefits of the ATA Carnet

By using the carnet you save costs, because you do not have to pay import duties, VAT and other taxes. In addition, it saves time because with the ATA Carnet you can quickly cross the border to participate in a trade fair, exhibition, event or commissioning a machine supplied by you.

Source: evofenedex

Let Pincvision take care of your ATA Carnets!

We can issue the ATA carnets for you (for all countries that are member of the ATA Convention). We will also help you with the biggest challenge; returning the Carnet to the Chamber of Commerce on time to prevent fines and additional duties. Find out more about our ATA Carnet services, on this page you will read about our process step by step including a timeline. Would you prefer personal contact with one of our specialists? Please call us via +31(0)88-4321800, send an email to or fill in the below Contact Form.

23 Feb 2022 at 12:39 pm
2 min
Published by:
Stephan Bremmer
Sr. Export Documentation Agent
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