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The ATA Carnet Advantage for the Arts

Friday, July 15, 2022

Breaking down the benefits carnets offer

Boomerang carnets® “Advantage” series describes and clarifies the many benefits ATA Carnets provide to customers.  The uses and flexibility this powerful trade tool provides are many.  We want everyone to take advantage of the benefits and indeed everyone can.  This month, we focus on ATA Carnets used specifically for the Arts.   

The ATA Carnet is an internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise or goods.  It allows cross border movement of those goods import-duty and -tax free into 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year.  The ATA Carnet is known as the Merchandise Passport for boomerang freight® and ideal for professional equipment, goods, or commercial samples moving in and out of countries.  The ATA Carnet is a tremendous trade tool for growing your business and brand.  

All Arts Benefit from ATA Carnets by Boomerang

The ATA Carnet facilitates expansion, sales, and exposure by allowing goods and equipment to move across borders import duty- and tax-free for up to a year.  ATA Carnets level the playing field so ALL size arts entities can compete in international markets, not only the “big guys.”  Cost savings and ease clearing Customs are two of the major benefits of carnet use.     

Visual and Fine Art

Boomerang provides ATA Carnets for a wide range of customers in the visual arts from solo artists to large organizations.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and mixed media art often go on a carnet for international exhibitions, fairs, or appraisals.  Artists also use ATA Carnets for tools and equipment taken overseas for the creation of a new piece.  Some recent creative Boomerang customers are:  

  • an individual artist who creates whimsical sculptures from things found in nature
  • galleries representing groups of artists working in various medium, and one specializing in installations
  • arts organizations of varied sorts including one of the largest visual arts Trusts in the world
  • photographers who take expensive cameras and equipment to many parts of the globe to capture world events, weddings, architecture, and nature

Performing Arts

Whether you are a part of an orchestra, band, stage play, musical, music competition, magician, or circus performer, ATA Carnet use saves you money and provides security and convenience clearing customs when traveling to an international destination.  These benefits are ESSENTIAL to reaching performances on-time.  Musical instruments, amplifiers, costumes, sets, technology, computers, props, rigging and more accompanying performers and musicians are put on ATA Carnets to save time and money.  It’s great to see so many live performances taking off.  Some recent Boomerang customers are:

  • bands of all kinds including rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, cover, post-punk, pop, 70s disco, and folk bands
  • orchestras small and large, including one of the largest and most famous on tour in the EU
  • a Broadway musical revival on tour
  • a world-renowned circus aerialist and rigging expert
  • a magician who combines his act with inspirational messages
  • a set designer

Achieving your artistic goals internationally can be realized with the use of ATA Carnets.  Call us.  ATA Carnets save money and could make that international show, project, gig, tour, exhibition, appraisal, or performance possible.  Boomerang Carnet Specialists are available to answer questions and assist you 24/7. Call the Carnet HelpLine® 0808.189.3400 or email us

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