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ATA Carnet

LCCI is the national guaranteeing organisation for ATA Carnets in the UK and has appointed a network of Chambers to issue them around the country.

LCCI trains Carnet-issuing staff, produces and updates an Operating Manual, represents the UK at the World ATA Carnet Council, and is ultimately responsible for all Carnets issued from the UK, as well as for dealing with in-bound foreign Carnets. All Carnets issued in the UK must bear an original signature (in blue ink) of the authorised official and original wet stamp of the authorised Issuing Body.

ATA Carnets Explained

What is an ATA Carnet?

The ATA Carnet is an international Customs document which allows the temporary importation of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods going to either a trade fair or exhibition to countries which are part of the ATA Carnet system. Without one you would need to complete each country's customs procedures for the temporary admission of goods e.g. lodging a temporary import bond.

Why are they required?

Known as the passport for goods, the ATA Carnet simplifies the custom formalities by allowing a single document to be used for clearing goods through customs in the countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system. An ATA Carnet is valid for one year and allows for movement of the goods shown on the Carnet as many times as required during the 12 months to any of the destinations applied for.

EC/CPD/China - Taiwan Carnet

This Carnet covers goods temporarily imported/exported between the UK and Taiwan. Other than a different colour code and A4 format to distinguish it from the ATA Carnet, the conditions for its use, the goods for which it can be used, and customs procedures are identical.

UK National ATA Carnet Organisation (UKNATCAO)

UKNATACO is the national guaranteeing organisation for ATA Carnets in the UK. UKNATACO is ultimately responsible for all ATA Carnets issued from the UK as well as guaranteeing in-bound Carnets – those that are issued overseas and which relate to goods coming into the UK under the scheme.

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ATA Carnets updates

Carnets for Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

We are currently unable to issue Carnets for Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Any UK Carnet Holders whose goods are currently in any of the above countries (and who are unable to repatriate their goods before the existing Carnet expires) must obtain a Replacement Carnet to extend the period of temporary admission (see FAQ no.30 for further information).

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Implementation of the ATA Carnet System in Vietnam

From 01 May 2022, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hanoi will become the 78th guaranteeing organisation member of the WCF/ATA international guarantee chain.


New: GMR Registration Service now available for ATA Carnet Users

LCCI has launched a new GMR registration service for overseas and UK Traders using ATA Carnets. GMRs are customs references required for goods entering or leaving the UK by road or sea through.


LCCI has helped us to gain an understanding of the changes required for temporarily importing goods into the EU since Brexit. They also assist with permanent exports, providing the correct documentation for us. 

Meghann Whattam | Carnet and Customs Coordinator, McLaren

eATA Carnet pilot participants

LCCI is involved in the eATA Carnet pilot project, which aims to digitalise ATA Carnets and their lifecycle management process – from issuance and declarations to transactions and claims. UK Digital Carnet Pilot will commence in May 2023. Please contact your issuing Chamber for further information.

  • Pricing

    The issuing cost of a Carnet is £360.00. LCCI Members can benefit from the discounted rate of £216.00. Carnets are issued within a 24 hour service.

    In all cases Carnet holders are required to provide a security which relates to the value of the goods being temporarily exported. This security is determined by the ATA Carnet Security Rate Chart and must be provided in one of the following ways:

    - Banker's draft or cash
    - Bank Guarantee. Banks that we can currently accept guarantees from are: Bank of Scotland plc, Barclays Bank plc, HSBC Bank plc, Lloyds Bank plc, TSB Bank plc, Santander UK plc, Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
    - Carnet Security Scheme (CSS) Guarantee - an in-house service allowing the Carnet user to arrange for the security to be provided without having to supply either Banker's Draft, cash or Bank Guarantee. Using CSS, a non-refundable, one off payment means we can provide you with a 'While You Wait' processing service and there is no 'freezing' of assets or funds. 

How to Apply for a Carnet

ATA Carnet

  • Existing Customers, log in here
  • New Customers, please click here go to complete the simple registration process.

Our system will allow you to complete the application online and pay any applicable charges. Once issued, the Carnet can either be posted to you or it can be collected from the issuing office.

Taiwan Carnet

  • Download the CPD/China -Taiwan template and complete relevant boxes
  • Email the template so that we can verify whether the application has been completed correctly.
  • We will send you a quote for the issuing fee and security as well as the relevant forms to be completed and signed. 
  • Once the forms and payment have been received, we will release your CPD/China-Taiwan Carnet.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions regarding ATA Carnets, please read our FAQ's dedicated section.

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Get in Touch

If you would like to speak with us about your ATA Carnet, please complete a short online form with your details. A member of our team will then contact you. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)20 7203 1844.

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