ATA Carnet

The ATA Carnet application process is now online.


About the ATA Carnet

ATA is a French and English acronym of “Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission.” Established by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1961 to facilitate world trade, the ATA Carnet is an internationally recognized customs document for the temporary importation of goods.

Accepted in over 78 countries, the Carnet permits the duty-free and tax-free importation of goods into foreign countries during its one-year validation period, simplifies customs procedures, reduces business costs and saves time and paperwork. A Carnet covers virtually all goods, except for consumable or disposable items and goods for repair and/or processing.

Carnets are commonly used by sales people and manufacturers to bring their wares into foreign countries to show as commercial samples to potential customers or to display at trade fairs and exhibitions. Canadian entertainers, sports teams, the media and service companies also frequently use Carnets to travel with their professional equipment.

As the Canadian national guaranteeing organization, we have been issuing Carnets since 1972.

Click here to view the Carnet manual.

How to Apply

Apply for your ATA Carnet and Aon Carnet Bond online. 

How to Use an ATA Carnet

Follow these steps to ensure the smooth movement of your goods across borders. 


We offer various processing fees, along with discounts for members. 

Carnet Countries

ATA Carnets are accepted in over 78 countries. Rules and regulations vary from country to country. 

You don’t want your ATA Carnet up in smoke!

Under the Cannabis Act, the legalization of cannabis in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.  

ATA Carnets should not be requested for participation in cannabis-related events abroad.