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ATA System

In 1961, the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) - forerunner of the World Customs Organization (WCO) - adopted the "Customs Convention on the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods".

The customs conventions corresponding to the three main categories of goods covered by the system are :

These various Conventions are progressively being replaced by one single International Customs Convention on temporary admission named the WCO Istanbul Convention.

Over the last 40 years, the Carnet system has spread from just a few West European countries to most of the industrialized world, including a growing number of developing countries and emerging economies.

These Conventions govern the requirements for temporary duty-free admission of a reasonable number of goods from participating countries.

In India, ATA System deals with only those goods covered under the Fairs and Exhibitions Convention of CCC (1961). However, with effect from 1st March, 2002, the Government vide Notification No. 24/2002 - Customs dated 1st March, 2002 has amended the earlier Notification No. 157/90-Customs dated 28th March, 1990 extending the scope of ATA carnet to cover meeting, conference or congress organized by any company or organization.