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ATA Carnet

ATA Carnet is a universally accepted customs document issued in 78 countries including India, aims at facilitating temporary admission of goods into a member country without payment of normally applicable duties and taxes, including value-added taxes. Its operation is administered by World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), ICC, Paris which governs the operation of the ATA Carnets in all participating 78 countries. It eliminates the need to purchase temporary import bonds. So long as the goods are re-exported within the allotted time frame, no duties or taxes are due. The acronym ATA is a combination of French and English phrases "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission."

The ATA Convention is signed by 78 countries around the world, the system is a perfect illustration of how close cooperation between business and customs can facilitate and stimulate international trade. Each country in the system has a single guaranteeing body approved by the national customs authorities and the ICC World Chambers Federation. The National Guaranteeing Association is entitled to issue Carnets and to authorize local chambers on the national territory to deliver them on its behalf. In India, as the apex chamber, FICCI is functioning as Sole National Issuing and Guaranteeing Association (NIGA) for ATA Carnets and is responsible for issuing, discharging and promoting the system in the country.

ATA Carnets apply to three broad categories of merchandise: commercial samples, professional equipment and goods for use at exhibitions and fairs. With the exception of perishable or consumable items, the product range is nearly limitless. Carnets are regularly used to facilitate movement of almost all type of goods.

TIR Carnet

TIR Carnet is an international transport document that allows transport of goods from the customs office of departure to the customs office of destination under the TIR procedure, defined by the TIR Convention. It is the universal customs transit system based on a UN Convention implemented at global level in Public-Private Partnership for moving goods across international borders without any additional checks. It is overseen by the United Nations Economic Commission (UNECE), and managed by the International Road Transport (IRU). TIR stands for “Transports Internationaux Routiers”.

India has acceded to the convention on June 15, 2017, and today, it has 71 contracting parties and 59 operational countries, including India. It covers the whole of Europe and reaches out to North Africa and the Middle East. More than 35,000 operators are authorized to use the TIR system and in 2016 around 1.5 million TIR Carnets were issued. Ultimately, the system facilitates and encourages international trade, and thereby creates benefits for individuals and nations.

TIR will be a boon to India's trade and aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity. It can be an instrument for movement of goods along the International "North-South" Transport (INSTC) Corridor and would be helpful in boosting trade with the Central Asian Republics and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), particularly using ports in Iran like the Chabahar port.

FICCI's Engagement

ATA Carnet

FICCI offers this unique service to exporters, exhibitors, traveling professionals such as Film and TV crews, architects, artists, engineers, entertainers, sports teams, technicians, business travelers with samples etc.

Visit FICCI's ATA Carnet website at for further information.

TIR Carnet

FICCI has been appointed by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) as National Guaranteeing Association under the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under the Cover of TIR Carnets or the operation of TIR system in India.

FICCI, in its capacity as an apex organisation is already recognised as National Guaranteeing Association of India under the ATA Carnet system since 1989. ATA Carnet covers several areas for use including trade fairs, shows, exhibitions, meetings etc. for temporary export / import into a country, which is a signatory to the conventions governing ATA Carnets. It is administered worldwide by the World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), Paris in association with the World Customs Organization (WCO).

At present 78 countries recognise ATA Carnet including India. A large number of Indian exporters are benefited and a number of Carnets were issued by FICCI contributing to the growth of exports from India.

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