The workshop, hosted by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce
and Industry and conducted by ICC Asia Director Lee Ju Song, is the first of a
series of joint ICC-CACCI events aiming to spread trade facilitation throughout
The workshop covered the benefits of joining the ATA Carnet System for the
temporary duty-free and tax-free import and export of goods. Attendees included
senior customs and government officials, representatives from the Department of
Finance, Commerce, Trade and Industry, trade promotion agencies, chamber staff
and members, and freight forwarders.
Welcoming the initiative, Ms Lee said: “This was a major step towards the
integration of all Asian economies in global trade, using the facilities
offered by ATA Carnets to strengthen trade links between Asian companies and
their foreign counterparts.”
“The early implementation of the system in Nepal will provide much-needed
encouragement to other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation members
to rapidly ratify the Istanbul Convention,” Ms Lee added.
The second in the series of workshops, taking place in India in March, will
serve to convince Indian customs to expand the scope of application of the ATA System
to commercial samples and professional equipment.
The ATA Carnet, the
so-called passport for goods, is an international customs document that
facilitates the temporary admission of goods into other countries without the
need for normal customs procedures.
It is a public-private partnership success story, being jointly administered by
the Brussels-based World Customs Organization - the depository of the
international conventions on the temporary admission of goods - and ICC, which
is the administrator of the international ATA guarantee chain.
More than 175,000 ATA
Carnets are issued yearly for thousands of customs transactions worth over US$25
billion. Goods covered include professional equipment, commercial samples and
material for trade fairs and exhibitions. Some examples of note include: a
prototype solar car, World Cup yachts, Giorgio Armani apparel, McLaren Grand
Prix cars, Munich Symphony Orchestra instruments, Australian Olympic horses,
Harley Davidson motorcycles and equipment for the Bolshoi Ballet, Cirque du
Soleil, BBC and CNN.
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visit the ATA