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What Is an ATA Carnet & How Do I Use It for International Tradeshow Shipping?

Just like a passport allows citizens to leave and enter the United States from other countries, an ATA carnet lets merchandise be shipped temporarily to another country without having to deal with extensive customs procedures, pay duties and value added taxes (VAT) or obtain temporary import bonds. This is a godsend for tradeshow shipping, as import duties and taxes can be a sizable cost of exhibiting abroad. 

What Is an ATA Carnet?

Save on International Tradeshow Shipping Fees with an ATA Carnet

Technically speaking, “ATA” stands for a French/English fusion of “Admission Temporaire-Temporary Admission.” Carnet (pronounced “kar-nay”) is the French word for ticket or passage. First implemented in 1963, ATA carnets are administered by the World Customs Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce. Today, 74 signatory countries and dozens more territories around the world accept them. In Taiwan, a TECRO/AIT carnet is accepted for goods traveling between it and the U.S. only. New countries are periodically added to the ATA system, and Saudi Arabia will soon join the list.

As a tradeshow exhibitor, once you purchase an ATA carnet, you can temporarily import goods into these countries without paying import fees as long as you return the goods to the U.S. within 12 months. Note: goods classified for tradeshows use must be returned within 6 months. And as the carnet also serves as the U.S. Certificate of Registration of Goods during re-importation, you don’t need to pay U.S. duties and taxes on return.

How ATA Carnets Facilitate Tradeshow Shipping

The ATA carnet lets you ship commercial samples, professional equipment and goods for fairs and exhibitions without paying duties and taxes. Stands, booths, banners, audiovisual components, and more are fair game. There are exceptions, such as disposable and consumable items, which means things like printed product literature, food samples and branded giveaways can’t travel under the ATA carnet.

The bottom line is an ATA carnet saves your business time, hassle and money. They:

  • Can be used as many times as necessary during their 6-month validity period
  • Simplify customs procedures
  • Facilitate re-entry into the U.S. 

And, they’re relatively easy to obtain. You only need your EIN or taxpayer identification number, the names of your authorized representatives who are responsible for carnet documents, a list of countries the goods will pass through on their way to their destination, information about the modes of transportation, and a manifest of the goods.

Contact AMR Group for All of Your Tradeshow Shipping Needs

Since 2011, AMR Group has been a trusted international freight forwarder, handling tradeshow shipping to more than 60 countries, including Mexico, France, China, the UK, and Russia. We can arrange for ATA carnets for your tradeshow shipping and ensure your goods get to their final destination on time, every time! Contact us 702-800-6385 to learn more.

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The Benefits of Partnering with an International Freight Forwarder

When you are trying to get your trade show or event exhibits shipped overseas, you need the help of an international freight forwarder. There is a lot that goes into exporting and importing good that can make the logistics very challenging to handle if you aren’t familiar with the process. That’s where AMR Group comes in. With years of experience in the industry, we understand what’s necessary to facilitate the shipping process, saving you a lot of time and trouble.

How exactly can an international freight forwarder help with shipping your trade show and event exhibits? Here are just a few benefits you will enjoy when you choose to work with AMR Group.

The Benefits of Partnering with an International Freight Forwarder

Navigating Customs

If you have ever traveled internationally, you know how frustrating and time consuming it can be to deal with customs. What makes the process even more challenging is every country has a different set of specific procedures that must be followed. This means it’s a new experience every time you need to ship somewhere different.

AMR Group very familiar with dealing with customs, which allows us to streamline the process for you. We know exactly what documentation you need and what must be done to ensure customs compliance, so you are never left worrying you did everything right.

Global Tracking

With so many stories about packages getting lost in shipping, it can be a bit unnerving to have your trade show and event exhibits traveling around the world, and you don’t even know exactly where they are. Our team of experts gives you peace of mind by offering around-the-clock tracking. You can watch the progress of your goods all the way from the warehouse until they reach their final destination. You can rest easy knowing where your exhibits are and they are on track to arrive right on time. We also keep in touch with you every step of the way.


When it comes to shipping products around the world, there are a lot of “moving parts” that come into play. Trying to effectively manage all of these parts is a big job. It takes a lot of time to compare prices and negotiate services. We will be your one point of contact, handling all of the moving pieces for you.

Problem Solving Solutions

Even in the best circumstances, unfortunately unforeseen problems can arise during shipment. You might not know what to do when your packages are rerouted or delayed, but an international freight forwarder knows exactly what to do in order to get things back on track.


Because we work with a high volume of air freight, sea freight and truckloads, our team is frequently able to negotiate lower terms with carriers. As a result, you gain all of the benefits of working with an international freight forwarder while also enjoying savings on shipping you would be unable to negotiate on your own.

AMR Group has been a trusted international freight forwarder since 2011. We ship trade show and event exhibits to over 60 countries, including Mexico, China, France, UK, and Russia. We can handle everything from small boxes to large crated exhibits or products. We are proud of our long-standing track record of shipping products around the world with no failures. For more information about our services, contact AMR Group at 702-800-6385 or

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