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Additional Countries to ATA Carnet System

Additional Countries to ATA Carnet System

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Philippines as part of its ATA Carnet International Guaranteeing Chain (ATA Chain). The ATA Carnet is an international customs document operated since 1963 that allows duty- and tax-free temporary admission of goods for up to one year.

The implementation of ATA Carnets will be effective on 1 June 2024 for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and on 15 July 2024 for the Republic of the Philippines, making the ATA Carnet procedure operational in 81 countries/customs territories. 

The Federation of Saudi Chambers and the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as national guaranteeing and issuing associations were approved during a meeting of the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) General Council on 21 November 2023.   

As of 1 June 2024, Saudi Customs will start accepting ATA Carnets for goods for display or use at exhibitions, fairs, meetings or similar events (Annex B1 of the Istanbul Convention).  

The scope of application of the ATA Carnet procedure in the Philippines starting 15 July 2024 will cover exhibitions, professional equipment, commercial samples, goods in connection with a manufacturing operation, goods for educational, scientific or cultural purposes, travellers’ personal effects and goods for sports purpose, goods for humanitarian purposes, and even animals.  

Also known as the ‘passport for goods’, ATA Carnets are internationally recognised custom documents that allow the duty- and tax-free temporary import of goods for up to one year.  

For ATA Carnet services, please click here or contact our Export Documentation Team.

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