ATA Carnets

Dublin Chamber is the national guaranteeing association for ATA Carnets for Ireland.

What is an ATA Carnet?

A Carnet (or ATA Carnet) is an international customs and temporary export-import document. It is presented when entering a Carnet country with merchandise or equipment that will be re-exported within 12 months.

What are ATA Carnets used for?

ATA Carnets are used for the temporary export of three types of goods to any of the other 76 signatory countries to the ATA and/or Istanbul Conventions:

  1. Commercial Samples
  2. Goods for Trade Fairs or exhibitions
  3. Professional Equipment
What goods can be carried under an ATA Carnet?

All goods being moved under an ATA Carnet must be from one of these categories:

Machinery (non-electrical); Original Paintings / Works of Art; Photographic and filming equipment (excluding video equipment); Jewellery and articles of precious metals / stones; Engine Machinery; Electric / Electronic and scientific or video equipment; Stamps; Yachts and boats; Books; Caravans; Display Stands; Clothing; Furniture and furnishings; Hand Tools; Hides, Skins Furs and Leather Goods; Livestock; Concert and Musical Equipment – Electric/Electronic; Computer Equipment; Theatrical Effects; Carpets and Rugs; Catering Equipment; Toys (Electric or not); Sports Equipment; Antiques; Imitation or Costume Jewellery; Loose Precious Stones; Footwear; Concert and Musical Equipment – non Electric/Electronic.

Note that vehicles for private use cannot usually be shipped under an ATA Carnet. These will probably be moved under a Carnet de Passage. To find out if they will accept a Carnet de Passage contact the relevant country embassy. Dublin Chamber does not issue this type of carnet.

What is required to issue an ATA Carnet?
  • A completed application form
  • An itemised list of the goods being moved.
  • The correct issuing fee
  • The relevant security deposit which depends on the type of goods being carried and the country or countries to which they are going. This amount is refundable when the carnet is returned to Dublin Chamber properly stamped.

Please contact Richard Brown on 01 644 7204 (or by email to to obtain the correct security deposit rate for your goods. The deposit can be provided in the form of a bankers draft or a bank guarantee.

What countries are members of the ATA Carnet chain? 

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (international trade fairs and exhibitions only), Cote d'Ivoire, CroatiaCyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India (Fairs, exhibitions or meetings  only), Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia (Republic of), Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, PortugalRomania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka (except for professional equipment), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States (except for international trade fairs and exhibitions), United Arab Emirates

Irish goods going to EU countries (listed above in bold) do not need carnets.

For goods going to the USA:

  • Complete the US Letter
  • US Customs will charge a $50.00 regularisation fee if the re-exportation voucher is not stamped on leaving the US.
  • Having this letter in place will enable Dublin Chamber to release your security deposit and  collect the $50.00 fine from you when it is charged by US Customs.
What is the cost for a ata CARNET?
A standard carnet for a member is €120, for non-members it is €200.

It is important that the carnet holder understands their responsibilities in using an ATA Carnet.  Notice to Holder

For more information, please contact Richard Brown on or (01) 644 7204