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Origin of the ATA Carnet System

In 1961, The ATA Carnet Convention on temporary imports was adopted by the World Customs Organization to encourage world trade by reducing the barriers caused by varying national customs regulations.

National Guaranteeing Association

CCOIC is the national guaranteeing association of ATA Carnets under a set of conditions established by the World Chambers Federation, a division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. ATA Carnets allow temporary, duty-free imports overseas for goods generally qualified for use in trade shows or as commercial samples and professional equipment.

What are ATA Carnets

ATA Carnets, commonly known as “Merchandise Passports”, are international customs documents that simplify customs procedures for the temporary importation of various types of goods.

ATA Carnets ease the temporary importation of commercial samples (CS), professional equipment (PE), and goods for exhibitions and fairs (EF). They facilitate international business by avoiding extensive customs procedures, eliminating payment of duties and taxes, , and replacing the purchase of temporary import bonds. ATA Carnets can be used in China for exhibitions and fairs (EF), commercial samples (CS), professional equipment (PE) and sporting goods. 

Benefits of Carnets

·         Carnets save time, effort, and money.

·         One document, one application.

·         Valid for one year.

·         Accepted in70+ counties and territories.

·         Covers commercial samples, professional equipment, and goods for exhibitions and fairs.

·         Eliminates duties, taxes, and temporary importation bonds.

·         Paperwork in Chinese/English.


Chinese Customs database

China Customs take electronic control over ATA Carnets. All ATA Carnets’ Chinese texts will be transmitted to Customs database. The transmitting function will be performed by CCPIT/CCOIC.

-       For ATA goods, transported as freight goods, broker shall contact with CCPIT/CCOIC for electronic data registration before declaring to China Customs.

-       For hand-carry goods, holders may undergo paper verification by China Customs firstly, and then go to CCPIT/CCOIC with original carnet for electronic data registration in the following three working days.


Hereafter are contact details of our offices in major cities: 

Branch   office

Email address

Direct   line

Office Address



(86 10) 82217163/7038

3rd floor, CCOIC Building, No. 2   Huapichang Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 

Beijing international

airport working station


T2:( 86 10) 64595422

Terminal 2:    ATA office, on the 2nd   floor, near international departures door
  Terminal 3:    Joint office with China Customs, on the 2nd   floor, near international arrivals door

T3: (86 10) 64530430



(86 21) 63846628

1st floor, JinLing Mansion,No.28  west JingLing   Road, Luwan District, Shanghai



(86 755) 88100025/6/7

 Level 39,   West Building, Great China International Trade Square,No.1 Fuhuayi Road,   Futian District,Shenzhen 



(86  20) 87616993

(86 20) 87305324

-      1st   floor, OCTIC Centre,No.450,Huanshidonglu,Guangzhou

-      Room   2315, 23th floor, South Tower, World Trade Center, Huanshi East Road,   Guangzhou



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