How to Use a Carnet

Improper use of a Carnet may result in an assessment of duties, taxes and penalties. To avoid such assessments, follow the rules governing the use of a Carnet before your departure or ensure your authorized representatives, customs brokers or freight forwarders handle your shipments within these prescribed guidelines.

Forms
A Green Front Cover

It must be kept intact. Page 1 includes the Official Serial Number, Validity Date, Intended Use of the Carnet, Countries in which it is intended to be used, the stamp, date and signature of an authorized signatory of the issuing authority; and signature of Holder's authorized official.

The Official Serial Number is also shown on the Continuation Sheet (if any) and each Yellow / White / Blue Form consisting of:

Counterfoils being grouped as follows
Notes :
Separate Vouchers as follows

Separate Green / Yellow / White / Blue Continuation Sheets of the General List (if required) are to be attached to the General List on page 2 of the Green Front Cover and the reverse side of each Yellow, White and Blue Voucher.

At the point of Departure

A set of Yellow Exportation Counterfoil/Voucher with the identical reference no. will be used as follows: - By National Customs

Yellow Exportation Counterfoil

This portion must be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the National Customs at the exit point. But it must be retained by the ATA Carnet Holder together with the other Counterfoils within the Green Covers.

Yellow Exportation Voucher

This Voucher must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the National Customs. But it will be detached/retained by the National Customs at the exit point.

At the point of entry into a foreign country

A Set of White Importation Counterfoil/Voucher with the identification reference no. will be used as follows : - By Foreign Customs of a Country of Visit.

A White Importation Counterfoil

This Counterfoil must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the Foreign Customs at the entry point. But it will have to be retained by the ATA Carnet Holder together with the other Counterfoils within the Green Covers.

A White Importation Voucher

This Voucher must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the Foreign Customs. But it will be detached/retained by the Foreign Customs at the entry point.

At the point of exit from a foreign country:

A set of White Re-Exportation Counterfoil/Voucher with the identical reference no. will be used as follows : - By Foreign Customs of a Country of Visit.

White Re-Exportation Counterfoil

This Counterfoil must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the Foreign Customs at the point of departure. But it will have to be retained by the Holder together with the other Counterfoils within the Green Covers.

White Re-Exportation Voucher

This Voucher must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the Foreign Customs. But it will be detached/retained by the Foreign Customs at the point of departure.

At the point of entry/exit of a Country of Transit

A set of Blue Transit (Entry) as well as a set of Blue Transit (Exit) Counterfoil/Voucher with the identical reference no. will be used as follows:

By Foreign Customs of a Country of Transit

Transit Counterfoils

These 2 Counterfoils must be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the Foreign Customs at the entry point and at the point of exit. But like all other Counterfoils they must be retained by the Holder.

Transit Vouchers

These 2 Vouchers must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the Foreign Customs at the point of entry and exit. But like all other Vouchers, they must be detached/retained by the Foreign Customs.

At the point of re-entry

A set of Yellow Re-Importation Counterfoil/Voucher with the identical reference no. will be used as follows: - By the National Customs

Re-Importation Counterfoil

This Counterfoil must be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the National Customs at the re-entry point. But it must be retained by the Holder together with all the other Counterfoils within the Green Covers.

Re-Importation Voucher

This Voucher must also be completed, endorsed, verified, dated, stamped and signed by the National Customs. But it will be detached/retained by the National Customs at the re-entry point.

A Green Back Cover

This forms the back cover of the ATA Carnet. Holders are reminded to read the Notes On The Use Of The ATA Carnet printed on this inside cover.

The Carnet is Neither Complete Nor Valid Without This Back Cover.

Notes :

The Carnet must be returned to the issuing authority, in due form, immediately after use.