What is ATA CARNET???

Every year, approximately 190,000 ATA Carnets are issued worldwide covering goods valued at US$ 26 billion. 

What is an ATA Carnet?


The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods for up to one year. It contains pre-prepared unified customs declaration forms to be used at each customs border offices and serves as a guarantee to customs duties and taxes. The initials “ATA” are an acronym of the French and English words “Admission Temporary/ Temporary Admission”.

What are the benefits and advantages of ATA Carnet?

Established under the ATA Convention and the Istanbul Convention as a trade facilitation tool, ATA Carnets cut red tape by simplifying and unifying customs border crossing regulations for temporary import and export. With the ATA Carnet, exhibitors, salesmen, artists, athletes, TV crews, technicians, event participants and business travelers may:

  • travel through customs without paying import duties, taxes at each customs border office.
  • use one unified document for all declarations at home and abroad.
  • use one document for multiple destinations and trips throughout its one-year validity.
  • make advanced customs arrangements at predetermined costs.

ATA Carnets cover almost everything, as defined in 11 annexes to the Istanbul Convention. ATA Carnets are mainly issued to cover:

  • goods for use at trade fairs,
  • shows, exhibitions
  • professional equipment
  • commercial samples
  • personal effects and goods for sports purposes.

In Pakistan ATA Carnets are accepted for:

Annex A concerning Temporary Admission Papers (ATA Carnets).

Annex B1 concerning goods for display or use at exhibitions, fairs, meetings or similar events.

Annex B2 concerning Professional equipment.

In Pakistan ATA Carnets are accepted for accompanied baggage and freight forwarded goods.

In Pakistan ATA Carnets are not accepted for postal traffic, unaccompanied baggage and transit.

Customs authorities accept ATA Carnets in accordance with the scope of application that they ratified. The goods must not go through any changes while situated in the country of temporary importation. ATA Carnets do not cover perishable or consumable items, goods for processing or repair, or certain means of transportation defined under Annex C of the Istanbul Convention. ATA Carnets are widely welcomed by countries wishing to boost international cooperation and take full advantage of the global economy. ATA Carnets are accepted in approximately 80 countries/customs territories.

Istanbul Convention on ATA Carnet

In June 2002 the Federal Cabinet resolved to accede to and implement the Istanbul Convention on ATA Carnet in Pakistan.


On 18th May 2004 Government of Pakistan deposited the Instrument of Ratification to the Convention on Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention) with the World Customs Organization. ICC Pakistan has been designated the National Guaranteeing and Issuing Organization for the ATA Carnets in Pakistan by the Government of Pakistan. The rules for the ATA Carnets in Pakistan have been finalized by the Central Board of Revenue and are awaited to be notified in order to go into implementation. An Implementation Workshop would be required to be conducted prior to going into implementation.


On 18 May 2004, His Excellency Tariq Fatemi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Belgium deposited the instrument of Ratification to the Convention on Temporary Admission (concluded at Istanbul on 26 June 1990).

From left to right : Mr. Ray McDonagh and Mr. Jouko Lempiainen,

respectively Deputy Director and Director of the WCO Directorate of Compliance and

Facilitation, H.E. Tariq Fatemi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in

Brussels and Mr. Nasrulla Khan, Counsellor at the Pakistan Embassy.

The Convention on Temporary Admission (the Istanbul Convention) is a single international instrument combining all the existing Conventions on temporary admission. It is aimed at simplifying and harmonising temporary admission procedures. The Convention entered into force on 27 November 1993 and Pakistan becomes the 45th Contracting Party. Temporary admission without payment of customs duties is established to minimise the costs of border crossing and provides an important incentive for the development of a country’s economic activity.


The Convention provides for the free movement of goods across frontiers and their temporary admission into a Customs territory with relief from duties and taxes. It also requires contracting parties to accept the ATA carnet, an international customs document that assures through an international guarantee system that duties and taxes will be paid in cases of misuse.

With this system the international business community enjoys considerable simplification of Customs formalities as the ATA carnet also serves as a goods declaration at export, transit and import. The ATA carnet is now the document most widely used by the business community for international operations involving the temporary admission of goods.


ICC Pakistan is the National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce of which the World Chambers Federation (WCF) is a subsidiary organization. Under the WCF framework is the WATAC Secretariat which oversees the ATA Carnet system worldwide and operates the International Guarantee Chain.


ICC Pakistan is the National Guaranteeing and Issuing Organization for ATA Carnets in Pakistan. Application forms can be downloaded Application Procedure section and/or can be obtained from any branch of the KASB Bank Limited throughout Pakistan.


ICC Pakistan

Tel: (+92) 21 32311453 / 32311142

Fax: (+92) 21 32311286

Email: iccpak@cyber.net.pk / pncicc@cyber.net.pk

Web:  www.iccpakistan.com.pk

ICC Headquarters

Tel: (+33) 1 4953 2828

Fax: (+33) 1 4953 2859

E-mail: icc@iccwbo.org

Web: www.iccwbo.org