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New Benefit for ABO Members

As a benefit of membership in the Association of British Orchestras, you now have:

  • access to the lowest application processing fees for ATA Carnets in the UK 
  • access to discounted ATA Carnet guarantees, rates are generally 20% lower 
  • access to convenient SAME DAY CARNET SERVICE pick-up at 52-56 Leadenhall St, EC3A 2EB (central London) 
  • access to ATA Carnets through Liverpool Chamber for one flat rate, Chamber membership not required 
  • access to trusted logistics partner, SOS Event Logistics Ltd., an ABO Affiliate member
  • access to boomerang Carnets “Play the World” Grants, covering booking fee to the ABO annual conference. Also available for the League of American Orchestras’ conference. 


The amount an orchestra saves by using an ATA Carnet varies for each orchestra and country they are touring to. The import-duty and -tax rates vary by country but, generally range between 10% - 40% of the General List Value. Benefits of the ATA Carnet that orchestras can take advantage of are: 

  • your carnet is valid for up to a year
  • into multiple countries, multiple times during its validity
  • covers hand-carried instruments for touring orchestras and/or for individual musicians touring
  • instruments and equipment checked through as baggage
  • cargo shipments
  • you will know the costs before departure
  • have peace-of-mind because entry will be quicker and easier
  • have less work, less hassle, and fewer unknowns

International touring is critical to an orchestra's profitability and we want to ensure your touring schedule rebounds in the future. Our expertise is built on decades of experience and we know how to keep your costs down.

ATA Carnets have built-in security. This is another reason why they are a valuable tool for touring orchestras because they are a unified, internationally recognized customs document. All customs services have approved the temporary entry of the instruments and equipment listed on the carnet. 

ATA Carnet Guarantees

Boomerang carnets® UK provides the required ATA Carnet guarantee (to secure the carnet) at competitive rates.

The carnet guarantee is applied for at the same time the carnet application is submitted and does not require a separate application. Obtaining, applying for, or using a rolling guarantee or providing a bank draft is not necessary. Boomerang carnets® UK streamlines the application process by making the carnet and guarantee application a single, online application. Boomerang carnets®' electronic application process calls the guarantee a "compliance fee" and it is available to all applicants.  Apply for an ATA Carnet. - Carnet HelpLine® 0808 189 3400 (toll- free)


About Boomerang Carnets UK

Boomerang carnets® UK is a U.K. registered company headquartered at 52 - 56 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A  2EB and has its ATA Carnet Service Center in Liverpool at Suites G08-G10, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth Street, Liverpool, L3 9LQ. It is at Leadenhall Street that boomerang carnets® UK was established in 2014 to partner with the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce to provide ATA Carnets to U.K. businesses.


Boomerang carnets® UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kernow Capital Corporation (KCC) (aka boomerang carnets® in the U.S.) which has been issuing U.S. ATA Carnets as an appointed U.S. ATA Carnet Service Provider since 1987.