The ATA Carnet, often referred to as the "Passport for goods", is an international customs document that permits the tax-free and duty-free temporary export and import of nonperishable goods for up to one year. It consists of unified customs declaration forms which are prepared ready to use at every border crossing point. It is a globally accepted guarantee for customs duties and taxes which can replace the security deposit required by each customs authority. It can be used in multiple countries in multiple trips up to its one-year validity. The acronym ATA is a combination of French and English terms "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission." The ATA carnet is now the document most widely used by the business community for international operations involving temporary admission of goods.
|Type||International customs document|
|First issued||30 July 1963|
|Purpose||Tax-free and duty-free temporary admission of nonperishable goods into multiple countries|
|Valid in||78 countries and customs territories (as of 1 August 2018)|
|Expiration||1 year after issuance (max)|