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The Merchandise Passport


The Merchandise Passport is a Carnet or ATA Carnet (pronounced kar-nay); an international customs and export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 87 countries and territories without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 12 months.

In the U.S. there are two types of carnets issued: ATA and TECRO/AIT. TECRO/AIT carnets are used for temporary imports in Taiwan which only accepts the TECRO/AIT carnet.


ATA Carnets are used for the 87 other countries and territories that are members of the carnet system.


Carnets facilitate temporary imports into foreign countries and re-importation in the U.S. By presenting The Merchandise Passport (an ATA Carnet document) to foreign customs, you pass import duty free and import tax free into a carnet country for up to one year.ATA Carnets also serve as the U.S. Certificate of Registration (CBP 4455) upon re-importation.

Carnets are often called Merchandise Passports for boomerang freight® since all goods on a carnet must return to their country of origination.

See the carnet document.
See an ATA Carnet in use on our Videos page. Play the Carnet Video titled "Lisbon in Fast Forward."
See a carnet in use on Pep's ATA Carnet Adventure Blog.