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Home > Export/Import > Customs Answer(FAQ) > 7302 Export/Import Procedure Using ATA Carnet (Japanese Carnet) (FAQ)

7302 Export/Import Procedure Using ATA Carnet (Japanese Carnet) (FAQ)

  The ATA Carnet is an international, unified Customs document under an international system based on "Customs Conventions in the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods" and concluded among major countries.
  In cases where articles, such as commercial samples, display articles, and professional equipment, are brought into a foreign country which is a signatory country to the convention, taken out of the country after the completion of business, and then carried into another country, or brought back to Japan, the ATA Carnet System can facilitate the export/import Customs formalities due to duty-free admission of goods without preparing the Customs document for every foreign customhouse.
  Articles carried when leaving/entering a country party to the ATA Carnet are handled as traveling goods clearance using simplified Customs formalities.
  However, if there are some goods whose export/import are restricted among them, you must obtain a permit and approval prior to export/import.

  In using the ATA Carnet, pay attention to the following:
  • The nation into which you bring articles must be a member of the ATA Convention.
  • The ATA Carnet is valid for one year.
  • The major goods covered by the ATA Carnet are commercial samples, professional equipment, and display articles, however, depending on the nation, all these goods are not always admitted.
  • The holder has an obligation to take out the goods which he/she has brought into a foreign country.
  • Articles requiring a permit or approval prior to their export/import under the provisions in laws and regulations must have the permit or the approval attached to clear Customs.
The ATA Carnet is issued and guaranteed by the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association.

Please direct inquiries to:
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
» Tokyo Head Office
Address: 3rd Floor, Hirose Building,3-17, Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5280-5171

(Article 3 of ATA Convention Exceptional Measures Law, and General Notifications Concerning ATA Convention Exceptional Measures Law)


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