ATA Carnet meeting discusses temporary goods entry system


The ATA Carnet Committee, which includes Qatar Chamber, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar and Qatar General Customs Authority, discussed with a delegation from the ICC (Asia) the implementation of (ATA Carnet) in Qatar before 2018.

The ATA Carnet system is an international customs document that allows the temporary import of goods for a period of one year without any fees or customs taxes.

The temporary entry card includes all goods, provided that they are re-exported and imported during the period approved by the relevant customs authorities, the Chamber said in a press release today.
The system strengthens Qatar as a global investment destination, opening up trade horizons, facilitating movement of customised goods and equipment in and out of the country during exhibitions, conferences and seminars.

Abdul Aziz Saleh al Kuwari, Director of Qatar Chamber’s Legal Affairs Department and Chairman of the committee said one of the most important features of the system is to enable marketing representatives, participants in exhibitions and business travelers to carry out customs procedures at a predetermined cost, and visit several countries without delay in procedures.

It also facilitates customs procedures across borders and reduces the routine requirements, using a single document to complete all customs procedures in 78 countries applying the system.

Executive Director of ICC, Ju Sung Lee, said, “With Qatar joining the ATA Carnet system, it can temporarily introduce goods into important international events from and to 78 countries around the world.”
ATA is like a passport to participate in international events, she added.

Qatar Chamber had announced earlier this year that it is the national guarantor for the implementation of the system. The Istanbul Convention on Temporary Admission requires a national guarantor to guarantee customs duties and rights if goods temporarily imported are not returned.

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