The ATA Carnet system is a perfect illustration of how close cooperation between business and customs can facilitate and stimulate international trade.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) administers the
international customs conventions under which the ATA Carnet system operates.
The ICC World
Chambers Federation (WCF)administers the ATA system and its
international guarantee chain.
In every country in the ATA Chain, a
guaranteeing organization, approved by its Customs and the ICC World Chambers Federation, administers
the operation of the ATA Carnet System.
The role of a national
guaranteeing organization is to guarantee to its Customs administration the
payment of duties and taxes due when ATA Carnets have been misused on its
territory (non or late re-exportation of goods, for instance). The national
guaranteeing organization can also, with the prior consent of its Customs
administration, authorize local chambers to deliver ATA Carnets on its behalf. In
major trading nations, dozens of local chambers have that authority.
Within ICC WCF, a World ATA Carnet
Council gathers the national guaranteeing organizations from the 73 countries
where the ATA Carnet is in force today.
ATA Carnets are currently
operating in the following 73 countries: