Qatar Chamber will organise many introductory seminars and workshops on how to use the ATA Carnet from July to raise awareness and knowledge on the system which will be implemented in the country on August 1, according to a press statement issued by the chamber.
The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that allows the duty-free and tax-free temporary import and export of goods for up to one year. The system is applied to import-export goods that will return to the country of origin within the period which is approved by customs authorities.
The statement said that the chamber has completed its preparations for the implementation of the system in coordination with the General Authority of Customs after Qatar’s official accession to the World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC) on May 9.
The chamber has called upon all companies to register to attend these seminars and workshops via its website.
The ATA Carnet seminars and workshops which will be held at the chamber’s headquarter will focus on benefits of using the system and mechanisms of implementation in Qatar.
The most prominent features of the ATA Carnet is that it enables marketing representatives, exhibition participants and businessmen to make advance customs arrangements at a predetermined cost, visit several countries consecutively and use the ATA Carnet for several trips during its one-year validity.
The system facilitates and simplifies customs procedures across borders for exporters and importers using one document to complete all customs procedures in the 77 countries that apply the ATA Carnet system.
It includes all types of goods and equipment, including commercial samples, professional equipment, and goods for fairs, exhibitions and entertainment events on condition that they will be returned to the country of origin within the period which is approved by customs authorities.
Qatar Chamber is the national guarantor for the application of the ATA Carnet as The Convention On Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention) required the provision of a national guarantor for the system.
The ATA Carnet doesn’t only reduce costs; it also facilitates customs clearance in both Qatar and foreign countries and is valid on multiple trips for up to one year. It covers a broad range of goods including commercial samples such as jewelry, leather products, trade show booths and requirements, professional equipment, which includes broadcast equipment, audio and video equipment, cinematography, musical instruments, clothing, theater objects, seminar and meeting equipment, display and test equipment, repair and maintenance equipment and equipment for surgeons, archaeologists, entertainers, lecturers, athletes, etc.