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FICCI India's Sole National Issuing & Guaranteeing Association (NIGA) for ATA Carnet

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Federation House, Tansen Marg - New Delhi 110-001

Contact / ATA Manager

Ms. S. Vijayalakshmi, Director Tel: (91-11) 23765335
Ms. Meenal Sahai, Assistant Director Tel: (91-11) 23487499
Ms. Rekha Sapra, Executive Officer Tel: (91-11) 23487499

Field of Application ATA Convention
"Exhibitions and Fairs" Convention

As per notification no. 58/2016-Cus dated 5 October 2016, the requirement of the approval of the Government of India or of ITPO for the events specified in Schedule II of notification no. 157/90 has been waived off. 

Other Applications : ATA Carnets are not accepted for transit operations
ATA Carnets are not accepted for postal traffic.
ATA Carnets are not accepted for temporary admission operations under
national laws and regulations

Languages in which Carnets should be completed : English

Replacement of Carnet : As per Article 11 of ATA Convention, Indian Customs will accept, at the
request of the issuing association, a replacement document in the case of destruction, loss or theft of an ATA Carnet while the goods to which it refers are on the Indian Customs territory provided that the validity of the replacement Carnet will expire on the same date as that of the Carnet which it replaces. The goods cannot remain in India beyond the maximum allowed period of 12 months from the date of import.

Customs Offices : New Delhi (North India), Mumbai (West India), Chennai (South India), Kolkata (East India), Cochin (South India), Bangalore (South India), Ahmedabad (West India) Hyderabad - ICD (South India), ICD Dadri Noida (North India), Jaipur (North India) and Goa (West India) - Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special observations :

(1) Appointment of a Forwarding agent in India  :
If ATA Carnet holders wish to appoint a forwarding agent in India, it is advisable that the name of the Indian forwarding agent be mentioned in Box B of the front cover of the ATA Carnet. 

(2) Submission of proof of re-export to the concerned port of import: 
If the port of import of carnet goods is different from the port of reexport, it is recommended for carnet holders to forward the proof of re-export to the concerned port of import to avoid unnecessary claims from the Indian customs. This is due to the manual operation of ATA Carnet transactions by the Indian customs and it can be followed if it is possible to do so. 

(3) Period of re-exportation from India  :
Goods for exhibitions and fairs: 6 months 

Professional equipment: 2 months 

If holders would want their goods to remain in India longer than the period specified, they should obtain approval, therefore (1) from the Customs office of import; (2) before the original period has expired. Failing such approval within the due period, duties, taxes and interests would become payable.

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