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India Expands Acceptance of ATA Carnets for Private Exhibitions

Indian customs has expanded the scope of what it will accept under carnet to include:

  • private exhibitions
  • fairs, meetings
  • demonstrations, similar show or display

The emphasis is on private since, until now, only goods and equipment entering temporarily for government-approved events would be allowed to use an ATA Carnet.

The expanded scope of ATA Carnet acceptance was done via an amendment to Notification No.157/90-Customs dated 28th March 1990. The amendment is Notification No.58/2016-Customs dated 5th October 2016.

As with all changes within an ATA Carnet country, implementation often lags behind adoption. For U.K. companies planning to use an ATA Carnet for a private event in India, it is advised to consult with a Carnet Specialist prior to traveling or shipping to India. They can provide country-specific information to ease the customs clearance under the new rules.

As always, please contact a UK Carnet® Specialist at the boomerang carnets® Carnet Helpline® 0.808.189.3400 or e-mail us for additional information or if you are planning to use a carnet for travel to India.