Shipping Internationally with Carnets

You may need to purchase a Carnet in order to ship an exhibition internationally, without incurring customs charges.

A Carnet or ATA Carnet is an international customs document issued by 86 countries. It is presented when entering a Carnet country with merchandise or equipment that will be re-exported within 12 months.

Upon presentation, the Carnet permits the equipment or merchandise to clear customs without the payment of duties and taxes. Payment is not necessary because the Carnet guarantees that the merchandise or equipment will be re-exported within a year. Thus the use of a Carnet is a way of temporarily importing into foreign countries without payment of duties and taxes. Carnets also serve as the US registration of goods so that the goods can re-enter the US without payment of duties and taxes.

You can use a single carnet for a period of up to 1 year before exhibition.

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