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ATA Carnets—Art on Board Cruise Ships

Friday, April 12, 2024

Call Boomerang Carnets, Your ATA Carnet Specialist

In the cruise ship industry, every port of call presents numerous opportunities where smooth logistics are essential. From film crews capturing breathtaking scenes to jewelers showcasing their finest pieces, the cruise industry relies on various types of goods and equipment for its success.  Seamlessly traversing international borders with these goods, merchandise, and equipment is crucial.  The ATA Carnet serves as a flexible export tool to ensure hassle-free passage for temporarily exported goods and merchandise. Boomerang Carnets® assists many customers in the industry.  To better understand the diverse applications of ATA Carnets within the cruise industry, we will explore the many facets of their indispensable role in a series of posts.  This seven-part series will illustrate the multiple uses cruise lines often employ when utilizing ATA Carnets, starting with the industry’s use of artwork onboard.  Temporary exportation of artwork is a fundamental aspect of the cruise industry.  The ATA Carnet assists with seamlessly moving art across international borders and avoiding import duties and taxes.

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.

Art—On Board—On an ATA Carnet

Artists, art galleries, and dealers use ATA Carnets to clear their displays through customs.  Art displays aboard major cruise lines add to the aesthetic value and enhance interior décor. Themed cruises place art on board that supports classes, demonstrations, and lectures. 

Some cruise ship lines partner with major museums or art foundations and feature works by well-known artists like Andy Warhol, Edvard Munch, and Roy Lichtenstein.  Floating art galleries are a strong draw for many passengers aboard and art acts as a powerful marketing device.  Many popular cruise lines frequently offer live art auctions as a fun and unique activity for passengers that can result in increased sales for gallery owners and art dealers. 

The cruise ship industry utilizes ATA Carnets for art on board to save on the duty and tax they would otherwise have to pay.  With an ATA Carnet, exorbitant import-duty and -taxes that significantly add up, especially with art, can be avoided.  The Carnet is good for up to a year and serves as a Certificate of Registration.  

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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