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Are you filming in a foreign country? Have an upcoming international shoot? Eliminate duties and import taxes with an ATA carnet!


By: PackAir | July 15, 2016

Eliminate duties and import taxes with an ATA carnet!

Anytime you're temporarily shipping goods, equipment or merchandise out of a country that later returns to that country in its original form, then an ATA Carnet (cargo passport) will help you:

1.Save time, because an ATA Carnet will facilitate smooth customs clearances.

2.Save money, because you won't have to pay duties and import taxes on goods that will be re-exported within 12 months.

An ATA Carnet is accepted in 83 countries and Packair provides same day ATA Carnet Preparation Service.

At Packair our normal turnaround time in preparing, processing, and obtaining Carnet is 48 hours. However, we do urgent ATA Carnet preparation service so your merchandise is prepared, processed and registered within one day!

We guarantee that you'll have your ATA Carnet in your hand within 24 hours as long as your documents can be submitted to the U.S. Council before 2 PM.

Packair provides ATA Carnet Preparation service for those in the film industry-camera and grip equipment, wardrobe, etc., for animal actors, for companies sending equipment to trade shows, museums shipping art on short-term loan, car enthusiasts, and much more.

Visit http://www.packair.com/
or call (310) 337-9993 to get your Carnet today!


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A carnet is an international import-export customs document. Commonly known as Merchandise Passport or Passport for Goods, carnets simplify the customs process and exempt you from paying duties and taxes on temporary import-exports. Carnets last up to 12 months and cannot be extended, but may be re-applied for. They do not exempt you from obtaining necessary permits and licenses.

There are two types of carnets. The ATA Carnet applies to 84 countries and territories worldwide, while the TECRO/AIT Carnet applies only to Taiwan. They both function similarly, and an ATA Carnet may also accompany merchandise that passes through other countries in addition to Taiwan.

Nearly all goods are covered by carnets. Examples include professional equipment, commercial samples, and goods for fairs and exhibitions, as well as ordinary goods such as jewelry, apparel, and automobiles. Carnets also cover a range of unusual goods such as priceless paintings, yachts, and satellites.

However, carnets do not apply to:
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1.Consumable items (such as food or agricultural products), disposables, postal traffic, explosives, and goods subject to repair.

2.Goods intended for sale. If some of the goods are sold, carnets are subject to a penalty fee - the total payment of duties and taxes for the sold goods plus an additional 10% the amount of duties and taxes.

To obtain an ATA carnet, you must apply for one. Here's the information that you will need to gather:

1.Determine the purpose for temporarily importing your merchandise to another country (or countries).

2.Gather your TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) or your EIN (Employer Identification Number)

3.Identify the names of those who will present your ATA Carnet to customs ("Authorized Representatives")

4.Prepare the list of destination countries as well as a list of countries that the items are to pass through while en route to a destination.

5.Detail the modes of transport that you expect- both inbound and outbound.

6.List exactly what merchandise you want the ATA Carnet to apply to with thorough details such as:
• Serial or model numbers
• Item value
• Item quantity
• Item weight
• Item's country of origin.
• Desired date of delivery of your ATA Carnet.

The benefits of using carnets revolve around the fact that they save a lot of time, money, paperwork, and effort in the customs process. Carnets are a single document and last up to 12 months. They eliminate taxes, duties, and temporary importation bonds (TIBs). Payment is in US dollars and the paperwork is in English. Entering and re-entering countries with your goods is exceptionally easy and hassle-free when you have carnets for your items and stay within the guidelines of how they are intended to be used.

Don't hesitate to contact Packair to find out if your shipment qualifies and if the country you'll be visiting is a Carnet participating country. Our ATA Carnet Preparation Service Agents are on standby to serve you… Click here for the process to obtain a ATA Carnet Preparation Service.

Our normal turn around to produce your ATA Carnet is 48 hours.

Packair ATA Carnet preparation service can expedite your ATA Carnet with 24 hour service.

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Packair Airfreight, Inc. | Packair Customs Brokers, Inc. | ATA Carnet
www.packair.com | (310) 337-9993

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