ATA Carnet

An ATA Carnet permits temporary import of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods for an exhibition. Find out how to apply for an ATA Carnet.

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What is an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet is an international customs document that enables the temporary import of goods free from duties and taxes for a period of up to one year. In addition to duty and tax-free import an ATA Carnet also eliminates the requirement for a customs declaration at border points.

What goods can be moved using an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet often associated with the temporary import of goods or trade fairs/exhibitions, commercial samples, or professional equipment.

Dublin Chamber have a full list of the categories of goods which can be moved under an ATA Carnet.

How long is an ATA Carnet valid For?

An ATA Carnet is typically valid for one year, and allows for movement of the goods shown on the Carnet as many times as required during this period to any of the destinations applied for.

How do I obtain an ATA Carnet?

In Northern Ireland an ATA Carnet can only be obtained through the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce: Export Documentation – NI Chamber (

In Ireland an ATA Carnet can be obtained through the Dublin Chamber of Commerce: ATA Carnets (

Do all countries use an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet can be used in approximately 80 countries globally including both the UK and Ireland. The International Chamber of Commerce have a full list of all countries which use ATA Carnets.

I move goods cross border. Do I need an ATA Carnet?

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Windsor Framework, there are no customs requirements for moving goods in either direction between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Therefore, an ATA Carnet is not required when moving goods cross-border.

Where can I find more information?

Further advice on the temporary admission of goods is available from Irish Revenue and from GOV.UK


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Prepared by the InterTradeIreland Trade Hub Team.

Reviewed: November 2023