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What is an ATA Carnet?

Let's dive into the definition of the ATA Carnet, where it is used and how Cheqroom can help you manage it.

What is an ATA Carnet?

An ATA Carnet (also known as a "Merchandise Passport") is a document used for temporary export and import of goods. It is an international customs document that simplifies customs procedures and eliminates the need for posting customs bonds. An ATA Carnet is used for the temporary admission of goods into a foreign country for exhibition, fairs, shows, demonstrations, and similar purposes, without having to pay customs duties or taxes.

The ATA Carnet is accepted in over 80 countries, including many in Europe, Asia, and North America, and is endorsed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). The document serves as a guarantee that the goods will be re-exported within the specified time frame and in the same condition as when they were imported.

When do you need an ATA Carnet?

In practice, an ATA Carnet is a useful tool for businesses and individuals who need to temporarily import and export goods, such as trade show exhibitors, professional equipment users, and musicians touring abroad. It provides a streamlined and efficient process for international trade, allowing goods to cross borders without being subject to duties or taxes, as long as they are returned within the specified time frame.

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What about border checks?

Do you sometimes have to cross borders with gear? Imagine you have more than 100 items that you have to provide information on. Model, serial number, quantity, value, weight,... This takes time. With Cheqroom you can have all that information in only 2 clicks.

How Cheqroom helps you keep track of your equipment

Generate your ATA Carnets in Cheqroom

Using the PDF Generator, we add all the items and their information directly to the document. Add your e-signature, download, and print it in no time. No need for manual work!

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Track your assets in one place

Keep all your equipment information and attachments (receipts, warranty) in one place. Always know where your assets are, who is using them, and when they are due back.


Enable self-service check-outs

Give users access to your inventory – using SSO for maximum security. Let them make reservations and checkouts in their own name. It will save you a lot of time and you will always know who is using your equipment.

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Make users more accountable

Automatically generate loan agreements from a template and let users sign it digitally at pick-up. This will make people more accountable for the equipment they are using.


Feel In Control

Automate your equipment workflows and save time creating ATA carnets. Start a free trial, or book a demo.