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ATA Carnet Myths, Mysteries and Misunderstandings Debunked, Unraveled and Explained – 6 of 10

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

ATA Carnets can’t be used in many countries.

FALSE:  ATA Carnets can be used in 87+ countries and territories located in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania currently active in the ATA Carnet system.  The ATA Carnet is an internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise, goods, or professional equipment and allows cross border movement of goods import-duty and -tax free into any of the 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year.   

Geographically, participating carnet countries and territories cover a very large area of the world.  A current and complete list of countries and territories is available on the boomerang carnets website where you can also find up to date “Advisories” regarding carnet news pertinent to your destination country.  The ATA Carnet can also be used for multiple trips and multiple countries—all on one carnet.  Many boomerang customers, such as those in the film & TV, technology, and engineering industries regularly take advantage of this valuable option.

ATA Carnets have also been used with great success to clear Customs in non-carnet countries.  Film & TV crews and engineers sometimes must take their gear and goods into non-carnet countries but still use an ATA Carnet.  The ATA Carnet carries a gravitas and authority that is recognized by foreign customs services.  Often referred to as The Merchandise Passport, with an ATA Carnet you have the document signifying you as a legitimate well-intentioned entity temporarily entering the country with your goods, equipment, or merchandise for a specific purpose.  It creates ease clearing Customs, rather than having your valuable equipment held at Customs when you are on a time-sensitive schedule.    

The world is ready when you are.  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, as well as handle your goods or merchandise. 

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