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ATA Carnets For 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Friday, October 7, 2022

Boomerang Carnets® for Sports Media, Soccer Teams, & Vendors

At Boomerang , we look forward to the highly anticipated 2022 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Soccer Championships to be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.  The World Cup is one of the most popular events in the world of sports.  This will be the first World cup held in the Middle East.  Preparation in Qatar is extensive.  Matches will take place in eight stadiums between 5km to 35km from the central city of Doha with capacities that will accommodate 80K, 60K, or 40K spectators to hold the 1.3 million expected to attend.  FIFA expects five billion fans worldwide to watch the coverage and live stream of the competitions.  Broadcasting and covering the event will be a challenging task.

In August, The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) were pleased to announce that, Customs authorities in Qatar approved the use of ATA Carnets for Professional Equipment, such as broadcasting equipment, on an exceptional basis during the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar. 

This is great news to the Sports Media industry, Networks, Camerapersons, Broadcasters, Journalists, as well as the Soccer Teams, and Vendors converging upon Qatar for the 2022 Games.  The ATA Carnet is a unified internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise or goods.  It allows cross border movement of those goods import-duty and -tax free into 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year. The ATA Carnet is known as the “Merchandise Passport” for boomerang freight®. 

Qatar is already a Carnet Country that allows the use of ATA Carnets for goods displayed or used at exhibitions and trade fairs.  This extension of the use of ATA Carnets to include professional equipment in conjunction with the World Cup will save significant amounts of time and money to media professionals, sports teams, and vendors.  Though this extension is limited in Qatar from October till the end of December 2022, the ATA Carnets issued can still be used for up to a year in 87+ countries.  ATA Carnets can be used for camera bodies, lenses, tripods, lighting/audio equipment, drones/UAVs, monitors, hard drives/storage, computers, batteries, audio equipment, sports equipment, and more.    

Ruedi Bolliger, Chair of the ICC World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC): “On behalf of all members of the World ATA Carnet Council, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous contribution made by the Qatar chamber in enabling broadcasters from all member countries to have the necessary equipment moved in and out of Qatar using ATA carnets, the most convenient customs formality for temporary admission.

Boomerang carnets can help.  If you are interested in obtaining an ATA Carnet for the 2022 FIFA World Cup or need an ATA Carnet to another location, call us.  We are here to assist you 24/7.  Please contact a Carnet Specialist at the boomerang carnets® Carnet HelpLine®, (800) ATA-2900 / (800) 282-2900 or email us for additional information if you are planning to use a Carnet for boomerang freight to Qatar.  Ask about our Boomerang Freight Solutions for logistics needs related to an ATA Carnet.

Also, if you want to ship by cargo, Boomerang has freight forwarder partners who can deliver your carnet to you, as well as handle your freight. 

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