Probably one of the most underrated yet powerful tools that you’re missing out on is the ATA Carnet (pronounced KAR-NAE). Essentially, it is a merchandise passport that allows you to ship items internationally, void of taxes, duty and temporary import bonds.
Fashion Week, traveling exhibitions, and international events are just a few of the instances where a carnet could rock your world something fierce–saving you time and money. Here’s a digestible introduction to this magical customs document:
- A carnet is an international customs document for the temporary import/export of goods into participating countries.
- Allows for the elimination of duties, value added taxes and temporary import bonds for high value shipments.
- Valid for 12 months, however it can be extended
- Commercial samples for photo & film shoots, professional equipment, and more can be shipped using a carnet.
- Consumable items, explosives, disposables, and postal mail cannot be shipped using a carnet.
- As of the date of this post, there are 85 countries and territories that accept carnets.
In the toolkit of shipping and logistics, a carnet simplifies life and saves you a few extra bucks.