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ATA Carnets for Live Music on Board Cruise Ships

Monday, July 1, 2024

“Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.” – Keith Richards

Boomerang Carnets® assists customers in the cruise industry with their ATA Carnets.  In the world of cruise ships, every port of call offers countless opportunities where efficient logistics are crucial.  ATA Carnets ensure significant cost- and time-saving customs clearance for temporarily exported goods, merchandise, and equipment.  In any given sector, ATA Carnets are often used in various ways. To highlight and better understand the multiple uses of ATA Carnets within the cruise industry, we are exploring their diverse applications in a series of posts.  This installment focuses on one of the most essential elements in the cruise industry: live music on board.

Cruise ships rely heavily on live music to ensure a great passenger experience.  Musicians perform poolside, in bars, and in various onboard venues.  These performances span many types of acts and genres, encompassing a variety of instruments and equipment necessary for the perfomance.  From solo guitarists and pianists to full orchestras and themed DJ nights catering to diverse passenger tastes, the range is vast.  For music-themed cruises, where the entire voyage revolves around live performances, ATA Carnets ensure that the logistics of transporting equipment, instruments, and costumes do not cause delays and disrupt the seamless entertainment experience on board.

ATA Carnets play a crucial role in the smooth movement of musical instruments and equipment through customs as cruise ships travel from port to port.  These international customs documents simplify the process, allowing musicians to temporarily import their instruments and gear and avoid paying import-duties and -taxes when entering the multiple countries on the cruise itinerary.

The ATA Carnet is an 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® and ideal for Commercial Samples, Professional Equipment, and Goods for Display at Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.  At the end of the year, all the items listed on the Carnet return to the country of origin, thus the term boomerang freight.

Boomerang Carnets understands the unique demands musicians face, with tight deadlines and multiple types of instruments and gear.  Our many years of experience assisting customers with their international tours—from those just starting out to established world-famous music artists like The Rolling Stones and the Boston Symphony Orchestra—demonstrates our expertise.  We also assist DJs traveling the world for big events with ATA Carnets for their equipment and technology, which are also staples of musical entertainment aboard cruise ships.  If you are a musician, manager, freight forwarder, or cruise ship operator, know that when it comes to live music, we understand your needs and have you covered.

Call us!

Boomerang’s Carnet Specialists offer expert customer service.  We are here to assist you 24/7, just call the Carnet HelpLine® 1-800-ATA-2900 |1-800-282-2900 or email us.  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.  Ask about our Boomerang Freight® Solutions when you call or email us.   

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