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Workshop on ATA Carnet by FICCI, "Your visa for temporary export/ import of goods between international borders" Bhubaneshwar, India, August 26, 2016

Commissioner of Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax, Bhubaneswar, Deep Shekhar and former Member, Customs Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) PS Pruthi interacted with the participants of a workshop on ATA Carnet and responded to several queries while clarifying doubts on the operational aspects of ATA Carnet.

The workshop, was organised by the FICCI jointly with the Utkal Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd (UCCI), highlighted the importance of the ATA Carnet instrument for the business community.

The workshop drew participation from senior customs officials, industry experts, export promotion councils, film associations, freight forwarding companies, customs house agents and fair and exhibition organisers. The industry discussed issues involved with respect to temporary imports of goods and drew benefit from the deliberations.

ATA Carnet is a temporary admission document, which simplifies the customs procedures and clearances in a foreign country without paying duty or a bank guarantee for temporary import into that country. Like a passport for goods, ATA Carnet allows the goods for which it was issued to enter any of the participating countries for up to one year. An ATA Carnet holder can avoid customs declaration and can do away with security deposit or guarantee in the country of temporary importation. In India, the FICCI is the sole National Guarantor for ATA Carnets. Goods must be re-exported out of every country and re-imported into India within a year. At present, 76 countries including Australia, Canada, UAE, UK and USA, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Spain recognise ATA Carnet,.

The Government is actively considering expansion of the scope of the ATA Carnet system. Presently, India is a signatory to convention on Exhibition and fairs only. It is proposed to expand the same to cover commercial samples, professional equipment, private exhibitions, film shootings, musical troupes, sports and media, etc. The FICCI, which is the National Issuing and Guaranteeing Association (NIGA) for implementing ATA Carnets in India, is pursuing the matter with the Ministry of Finance for expansion of the system to cover professional equipment and commercial samples.