bcci


Issuance and validation of ATA Carnets - international unified customs documents

Actualization 06.02.2012

The ATA Carnet is an international unified customs guarantee document for temporary importation, exportation and transit of goods under the International Convention ATA and the Istanbul Convention for temporary import. In compliance with the Bulgarian legislation the regime of its use in the Republic of Bulgaria is regulated by the Rules for the Application of the Customs Act.

The Republic of Bulgaria joined the Convention ATA in 1964, and its application began in 1967. Ever since, the BCCI has been the issuing and guaranteeing organization of ATA Carnets. The Chamber is a member of the International ATA Guarantee Chain, established with the World Chambers Federation.

The ATA Carnet can be issued for all countries that have signed the Convention, the guaranteeing and issuing organization under it being:

List of countries that have signed the ATA Convention

Advantages from the use of ATA Carnets:

  • Simplification and acceleration of customs procedures, by avoiding payment of customs deposits;
  • Once issued, the document can be used in an unlimited number of countries, within one year of the day of its issu ance.
  • The ATA Carnet is used for exportation, importation and transit of:
    • Exhibits for participation in international fairs, exhibitions, presentations and other similar events;
    • Professional materials - musical instruments, computer equipment, office equipment, TV, video and cinema equipment, theater and circus stage-property;
    • Objects of art;
    • Sports equipment, etc.
  • The goods, covered by ATA Carnets can be transported by any means of transport, i.e. by airplane , train, car, truck, etc. The only obligatory requirement according to the Convention is the goods to be re-imported in the country in the same state as exported, and within the Carnet’s validity, which cannot surpass one year as of the day of its issuance.

Procedure for issuance of ATA Carnets

In order to obtain an ATA carnet you have to:

  • Fill in all the required information and describe the goods in the unified forms.
  • The holder of the carnet has to sign a contract with BCCI for its issuance and guarantee.
  • Remit a deposit to BCCI. The sum may be paid in cash at the Chamber’s cash-desk or remitted to BCCI’s bank account.
  • Pay the cost of the service for the issuance of the Carnet.

Carnets are processed and issued by BCCI within one day. After they are used up they have to be returned to BCCI.

Tariff of rates of services (Art. 5).

Contact details: Trade R egister
  Zdravka Georgieva, Rossitsa Spassova
  Tel.: (+359 2) 8117 476, 8117 551, 987 88 84, 988 45 05
   Fax: (+359 2) 987 32 09
   Z.Georgieva@bcci.bg, R.Spassova@bcci.bg