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The ATA Carnet Advantage for the Education Sector

Friday, August 5, 2022

Understanding the benefits carnets offer

Our boomerang carnets® “Advantage” series describes and clarifies the many benefits ATA Carnets provide.  The uses and flexibility of this unique international trade tool are many.  Here we unpack the inquiries we receive in smaller digestible bits for better understanding the ATA Carnet.  We want everyone to take advantage of the benefits and indeed everyone can.  This month, we focus on ATA Carnets used specifically by the Education sector.

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 Can Benefit from ATA Carnets by Boomerang

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

Better Learning and World Exposure with ATA Carnets

Education is one of the rare sectors that use the ATA Carnet for multiple disciplines and applications.  Universities, colleges, high schools, and individuals in higher learning use ATA Carnets for the exchange of ideas & innovation, research, recruiting & fundraising, international competitions, international projects & events, and more.

Common uses and applications include:

  • Thesis completion for graduate students
  • Documentary films
  • Ocean preservation projects
  • Animal rescue, whales research, tagging of mammals
  • Sports- regatta competitions, football
  • Musical performances by university bands

ATA Carnets issued this year have included carnets for:

  • Robotics competitions – all levels: universities, colleges, high schools
  • Scientific innovations – testing and sharing of measuring devices, weather instruments, and technology to demonstrate and educate
  • Trainings – learning and applying in the field how to use drones in agriculture, for example 
  • Archeological expeditions – technology used in Mexico expeditions to capture 3D scans of megalith structures, art objects, and other antiquities by college professor
  • Presentations/Meetings – equipment and branded goods for recruiting and fundraising purposes

The Education Business sector ALSO benefits from ATA Carnets! 
Some examples of ATA Carnets issued this year have been for:

  • Aeronautics pilot and aerospace training
  • Teaching/Training operation of equipment and machinery
  • Security training and simulations for armed forces
  • Emergency Services drills for training in search and rescue
  • Commercial learning classrooms that teach technology and language, for example, and use presentation equipment to present ideas, and demonstrate products and services 


Nearly any item can temporarily cross borders import-duty and -tax free with an ATA Carnet. There are just a few exceptions. Expand into new markets while saving money and easily clear customs with your goods and equipment.  Boomerang’s Carnet Specialists offer expert customer service and are here to assist you 24/7.  Just call the Carnet HelpLine® 0808.189.3400 or email us

Also, Boomerang has freight forwarder partners who can deliver your carnet to you, as well as handle your freight.  Simply specify the Boomerang Benefit when speaking with a Specialist. 

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