ATA Carnets

Clear customs duty- and tax-free — and without financial guarantee requirements — using our eCarnet service for temporary imports.

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An ATA Carnet is an international customs document that provides duty and tax free customs clearance for temporary imports into foreign countries. ATA Carnets simplify entries by eliminating the need to post some form of financial guarantee, i.e., a Temporary Import Bond.

ATA Carnets cover a broad range of merchandise that might be imported into a country for up to one year, and then returned to it the original country without alteration. For example, they can be used to bring product samples into a country for a trade show without paying import duties. Trade show booth equipment, personal computers, satellites, industrial machinery, diagnostic equipment, jewelry, photographic and video equipment, repair tools, live animals, rare gems, vehicles, etc. are all examples of items that are frequently imported temporarily and benefit from ATA Carnets. Note: to see what items are NOT covered by ATA Carnets, see the FAQ “What can (and cannot) go on an ATA Carnet”. 


ATA Carnets are recognized in over 100 destinations for virtually all types of goods, whether hand-carried or cargo-shipped.

And because ATA Carnet fees are paid prior to your departure, you know the costs before you leave — no surprises! As an added bonus, the ATA Carnet can also be used in place of the U.S. CBP form 4455, Certificate of Registration, which allows you to register your goods with the U.S. CBP when traveling to non-ATA Carnet countries.

In addition to reducing costs, an ATA Carnet also facilitates customs clearance in both the U.S. and foreign countries and is valid on multiple trips for up to one full year.

The Benefits of an ATA Carnet

Because an ATA Carnet is valid for up to one year, users can travel to as many ATA Carnet member countries as necessary during that period. In addition, partial and split shipments can be made. Since you don’t have to take all of the merchandise listed on your General List on each trip, one ATA Carnet can cover the needs of several trips for different purposes.
Remember, however, that an ATA Carnet does NOT take the place of other Government agency requirements, licenses and permits. U.S. and foreign Government regulations specific to each respective country must be followed for both the export and import.

DB Schenker’s eCarnet Service

Obtaining an ATA Carnet is quick and easy. You can register for an account here. Once your registration is complete, you will receive your login information and can easily obtain an ATA Carnet using DB Schenker eCarnet application system.

To start an application, you’ll need to know the full legal name of the holder (the company that will be named on the ATA Carnet), the Tax ID or FEIN number, the physical address (ATA Carnets cannot show a P.O. Box) and holder contact information.

For more information about ATA Carnets and how to use them, contact your DB Schenker eCarnet Service Team at 1-844-eCarnet (1-844-322-7638) or eCarnet@dbschenker.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

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