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Simplification by means of an ATA carnet

You can use an ATA carnet for goods that are only to remain temporarily in Norway.

Note: An update of this article is pending. Please note that some terms and/or references may differ from the Movement of Goods Act and the Customs Duty Act that enters into force from the 1st of January 2023.

Use of an ATA carnet is a simplified alternative for the declaration of goods. Athletes, musicians and businessmen can, for example, bring equipment with them into Norway temporarily by means of an ATA carnet.

Examples of types of goods, for which you can use an ATA carnet.

  • professional equipment (such as sound and lighting equipment, testing equipment, rally cars and motorcycles for races, musical instruments)
  • samples of goods (such as sample collections)
  • Goods for fairs and exhibits (such as demonstration aids, materials for stands, advertising materials.

An ATA carnet consists of completed sheets that you can use for temporary import to Norway. On arrival you hand the import sheet over to Norwegian Customs, who will retain it. Norwegian Customs shall also endorse the re-export sheet that you shall hand over on departure. This means that you must stop at Norwegian Customs to have the carnet processed on both arrival and departure.

You can also use the ATA carnet in the countries in which the goods pass through (transit) before they arrive at the importing country.

It is the chamber of commerce in the country from which the goods are exported that issues an ATA carnet. You must check with the relevant chamber of commerce to find out what an ATA carnet costs and in which situations you can use it. By selling you an ATA carnet, the chambers of commerce guarantee the payment of customs duties and taxes. This means that the carnet functions as security for the payment of customs duties and taxes.

Limitations for the use of an ATA carnet

You cannot use an ATA carnet if the purpose of the temporary import is to repair or process goods. Breeding, training and veterinary treatment of animals is regarded as the repair or processing of goods.