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Dubai Chamber workshop on ATA Carnet system implementation concludes

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, July 28 - 2010 @ 12:51

The workshop, conducted by Mrs Lee Ju Song, ICC Asia Director and member of World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC), was attended by representatives of Federal Customs Authority and Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the Chamber staff directly involved in the implementation of the system.

Mrs Lee discussed the obligations of the Customs administration in handling the regularization requests as well as the obligations of the importing parties, conditions of appointment of the national guarantor and their responsibilities, joining application procedure, daily operation of the ATA Carnet, its financial aspects, benefits and the framework of the administration of the system.

HE Hamad Buamim, Director General, Dubai Chamber, highlighted the importance of the ATA Carnet system as an important economic tool stating that the system enhances the attractiveness of its member countries as destinations for trade fairs, exhibitions, and cultural and sports events in the region.

Said Buamim:

“Dubai Chamber, under the framework of WATAC, has not only been tirelessly working on laying the foundation for the introduction of the ATA Carnet in the UAE but has been pursuing its implementation in the whole region backed by the ICC’s World Chambers Federation with the aim to support the UAE’s initiatives in facilitating international trade.”

Buamim further informed that the current technical workshop on the implementation and administration of the ATA Carnet system is part of a continuous process spearheaded by the Chamber as a workshop on Introduction of the ATA Carnet in the UAE was organized late last year and now this technical workshop is being held prior to hosting the next WATAC global meeting and organizing another workshop in Dubai at the end of this year.

Buamim cited a recent WATAC study of its member countries which showed that the UAE was recognized as the No 1 market for the implementation of the ATA Carnet system ahead of GCC and Egypt. The ATA Carnet is ideal for the UAE which has, over the past few years, seen a substantial growth in MICE and has firmly established itself as a reputed regional and international exhibition centre.

The Director General of Dubai Chamber also focused on the benefits of the implementation of the ATA Carnet system which through the use of a single document allows the temporary admission of merchandise and goods in the country by saving time, money and facilitating most Customs formalities.

During the workshop, Mrs Lee explained the application and management of the ATA Carnet system for the staff of UAE-based Customs and Chambers and took the opportunity to highlight the excellent cooperation existing between the ICC and Dubai Chamber and its active role in facilitating global trade as well as the Chamber’s promptness in introducing and working towards the implementation of the system at such a fast pace.

Said Mrs Lee, “The Dubai Chamber is one of ICC’s most active members and has immensely contributed in spreading the organization’s trade facilitation work in the region,” she said adding, “This is a timely initiative by the Dubai Chamber as the implementation of the ATA Carnet system in the UAE will bring about a better appreciation of the urgency to internationalise trade and Customs practices as the region intensifies its regional integration through GCC, and this initiative will enable the UAE to enhance its attractiveness as a destination for business, sports, culture, arts, trade and exhibitions.”

She further stressed that the ATA Carnet system also known as Merchandise Passport is applied in 67 countries and is an indispensable marketing tool in helping the business community to successfully develop export markets and enable businesses to have successful business trips as well as a smooth participation in overseas exhibitions.

The ATA Carnet system is the international Customs document issued by an authorised Chamber of Commerce appointed by Customs Administrations and accepted by the ICC WCF World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC) to facilitate the temporary admission of goods into one or a number of foreign countries without the need of raising bond, taxes and customs duties, provided the goods are totally re-exported from the countries of visit.

The goods may include merchandise, commercial samples including computers, cameras and video equipment, industrial machinery, automobiles, gems and jewellery, wearing apparel and display tools for participation in exhibitions and promotional events. Carnets do not cover consumable or disposable goods (e.g., food and agriculture products) giveaways, or postal traffic.

Operating under the Istanbul Convention of 1990 initiated by the World Customs Organisation, the system serves the business community wanting to admit goods across international borders, on a temporary basis, for a period of not more than a year without having to pay the Customs duty.

The ATA Carnet system entitles the temporary entry of goods along with their marketing representatives and exhibition participants and business travelers. It enables businesses to make arrangements at a cost of specific customs in advance, visit several countries and the use of temporary entry card several times during the validity period which will last one year, and return to their countries without any problems or delays.

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