Shiles Joins USCIB as Head of ATA Carnet and Trade Services

Andrew Shiles

New York, N.Y., May 16, 2017 – Former FedEx executive and cargo industry veteran Andrew Shiles has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) to lead the association’s dynamic portfolio of trade services, including the “merchandise passports” used by thousands of exporters around the world to get goods through customs quickly and easily.

As senior vice president of ATA Carnet and trade services, Shiles will work to expand U.S. trade interests through promotion of the ATA Carnet program. ATA Carnets are internationally recognized customs documents that permit temporary duty-free, tax-free entry of qualified goods for up to one year. They are used widely to facilitate entry of goods for trade shows, product samples and professional equipment.

“Andy Shiles brings extensive experience to this position,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “He has in-depth knowledge of trade and customs affairs, including ATA Carnet, and relationships with clients ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs to freight forwarders. In addition, Andy has strong connections with U.S. Customs, and has engaged in a number of important industry trade associations.”

USCIB manages and guarantees the ATA Carnet system in the United States, with responsibility for issuing ATA Carnets falling to two outside service providers, Roanoke Trade and the Corporation for International Business. ATA Carnets are accepted in 84 countries and territories, while the global ATA systems is overseen by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). USCIB serves as ICC’s American national committee.

Shiles comes to USCIB following more than 30 years at FedEx Express, the world’s largest air express cargo company, most recently as global regulatory compliance manager, where he served on USCIB’s Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee. His leadership experience in global supply-chain management includes participation in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Simplified Entry Working Group, which redesigned and implemented the current entry-clearance process into the United States.

Shiles also has extensive experience working with multiple government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Product Safety Commission. A self-professed “Yankee with a Southern accent,” Shiles was born in Manhattan and raised in the Southwest and in Tennessee, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association and the American Association of Exporters and Importers.

Find out more about the services offered by USCIB to facilitate cross-border trade and investment at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment.

Kazakhstan to Begin Accepting “Merchandise Passports”

Baiterek TowerNew York, N.Y., March 21, 2017 – Kazakhstan is set to become the 77th member country to accept ATA Carnets for the temporary, duty-free importation of various types of goods, beginning April 1, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which administers the ATA system in the United States.

Known as “merchandise passports,” ATA Carnets are international customs documents that allow for the temporary importation of various types of goods, duty-free and tax-free, for up to one year. In most ATA member countries and territories, including Kazakhstan after April 1, Carnets cover import of professional equipment, commercial samples and items for display at exhibitions and fairs. The worldwide ATA Carnet system is overseen by the World Customs Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), for which USCIB serves as the American national committee.

“The implementation of the ATA system demonstrates Kazakhstan’s commitment to promoting economic growth and trade facilitation,” stated USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “Use of Carnets will make it easier for American and other foreign companies to do business with the country, while enabling Kazakhstan businesses easier access to the U.S. and global markets.”

The Republic of Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world by area and is the world´s largest landlocked nation. ATA membership by the country – long regarded as a priority for other countries in the system – will significantly facilitate trade relations between Kazakhstan businesses and their foreign partners. The Chamber of International Commerce of Kazakhstan has been designated as the official guaranteeing organization for ATA Carnets in the country.

Prior to Kazakhstan, Brazil and Indonesia were the two most recent countries to join the global ATA Carnet system. More than 180,000 Carnets are issued every year worldwide, for goods with a total value of over US$21 billion. The United States is the third-largest user of ATA Carnets, following Germany and Switzerland. The Republic of Georgia is expected to join the ATA system in the near future.

Find out more about the services offered by USCIB to facilitate cross-border trade and investment at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment.

USCIB is the U.S. National Guaranteeing Association

Origin of the ATA Carnet System

In 1961, The ATA Carnet Convention on temporary imports was adopted by the World Customs Organization to encourage world trade by reducing the barriers caused by varying national customs regulations. USCIB was appointed by the Treasury Department in 1968 to operate and manage the ATA Carnet system in the United States.

U.S. National Guaranteeing Association

USCIB in the national guaranteeing association of ATA Carnets under a set of conditions established by the World Chambers Federation, a division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. ATA Carnets allow temporary, duty-free imports overseas for goods generally qualified for use in trade shows or as commercial samples and professional equipment.

Claims Administration: Claims Settlement

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There are two types of Carnet proof that may resolve a Claim:

Carnet Proof

A Re-exportation Counterfoil validated by a customs inspector of the country issuing the claim. The date of customs validation on the counterfoil must be after the date of importation on the claim and before the expiry date of the Carnet.
For the European Union (EU), the Re-exportation Counterfoil may be validated by a custom inspector from any EU country.
If foreign customs accept this type of evidence in settling the claim, payment of taxes and duties is usually not necessary.

  1. A Re-importation or Exportation Voucher/Counterfoil validated by a U.S. Customs inspector which documents the same goods that were imported into the country issuing the claim. The date of the customs validation must be after the date of importation on the claim and before the expiry date of the Carnet;
  2. An Importation or Re-exportation Counterfoil validated by a foreign customs inspector which documents the same goods that were imported into the country issuing the claim. The date of the customs validation must be after the date of importation on the claim and before the expiry date of the Carnet.

Some foreign customs authorities may impose a “Regularization Fee” for accepting this type of proof.For further assistance, please contact a Foreign Claims Examiner.

Non-Carnet Proof

Non-Carnet proof includes customs-validated documents dated after the date of importation on the claim. USCIB does not guarantee the acceptance of non-Carnet proof by foreign customs.Please ensure that the Carnet number and other Carnet-specific information are indicated on any of the following documents: e.g., description of merchandise as listed on the General List, the value and the total weight of the goods.

Certificate of Disposition Validated by U.S. Customs Service (Form CF3227)

A Certificate of Disposition is used to provide evidence to foreign customs that the goods in question have been re-imported into the U.S. The Holder should present the merchandise to the U.S. Customs office, upon or after re-importation, for inspection and obtain proper certification using the Certificate of Disposition form. Contact the Entry Branch of the U.S. Customs office for details and to schedule an appointment. Click here to download the form, instructions, and a sample.

Foreign Customs Cashier’s Receipt

In the case of a sale of merchandise (either in part or in whole), the USCIB recommends that Holders secure a foreign customs cashier’s receipt before departure from the importing country. This receipt will be used to prove payment of applicable duties and taxes upon receipt of a claim. The cashier’s receipt should indicate the Carnet number and items numbers on the General List for which payment is being made. At the time the receipt is obtained, Holders should also request the customs authorities to make the appropriate notations on the re-exportation voucher. Upon return to the U.S., Holders should send a copy of the receipt to USCIB, Foreign Claims Division, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.

Customs Entry Forms Used at the Time of Re-importation into the US,

  1. Entry/Immediate Delivery (Form CF3461)
  2. Carrier Certificate
  3. Entry Summary (Form CF 7511)

Claims Administration: What Charges Might I Face?

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What Charges Might I Face?

Duties, Taxes and Penalties; Regularization Fees

A Carnet allows the temporary importation of merchandise without the deposit of taxes (e.g., value-added taxes, VAT) and duties or the purchase of an import bond.  With a customs claim for which there is no proof of re-exportation, duties, taxes and usually a penalty (10% of the duty and taxes) will become payable.

This VAT chart is a general reference guide. Actual taxes and duties may vary.

Regularization Fees and Penalties

Foreign customs may charge a Regularization Fee if the re-exportation counterfoil was not validated by a customs inspector upon re-exportation or if proof of re-exportation is submitted more than 6 months after the customs claims date (for the Netherlands ONLY).  The amount of this fee and its application vary from country to country.

Countries known to impose a Regularization Fee are:

Austria104.00 Euros
Netherlands90 Euros
Serbia7620 RSD (Serbian Dinars)
Switzerland50 - 250 CHF (Swiss Francs)
Thailand10% of import duties
No<1000 Baht & No>20,000 Baht

 

Countries known to impose Penalties are:

Singapore30 - 5,000 SGD (Singapore Dollars) and GST/duties where applicable
UAE500 - 5,000 (AED)
Ukraine850 - 17,000 (UAH)

 

USCIB Claims Handling Fees

Effective October 21, 2014:

Claim Payment to Foreign Customs

Claims Handling Fee
(minimum)

$1 to $150$50
$151 to $1,000$100
$1,001 to $2,500$200
$2,501 to $5,000$300
$5,001 to $7,500$400
$7,501 to $10,000$500
Over $10,0005% of the amount paid;
Maximum of $4,000

 

USCIB reserves the right to assess any charges on any claims that require excessive claim Examiners’ time; telephone, facsimile or postage charges; and other situations that cause financial or other loss to USCIB as a result of misuse of an ATA Carnet.

Claims Administration: Causes of a Claim

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What Causes a Claim?

Claims are caused by improper handling of Carnet merchandise.  Here are some examples which may result in a claim:

  • Goods are sold and will remain in the importing country permanently;
  • Goods are stolen or lost;
  • Goods are not re-exported in a timely manner:
  • re-exported after the expiration of a Carnet from an importing country; or
  • re-exported after a designated date of re-exportation set by a foreign customs inspector at the time of importation.

Customs authorities have a right to limit the duration of a Carnet to less than the Carnet validity.  When such a restriction is noted on the importation counterfoil of the Carnet, the Holder must ensure that the goods are re-exported on or before that date. The Holder may petition foreign customs for an extension of this date. However, permission must be obtained prior to the designated date of re-exportation. It has been our experience that Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand typically restrict importations on Carnets.

  • Clerical errors made by Carnet Holders or their authorized representatives or customs inspectors, e.g., the handling of split or partial shipments under Carnets.

When Will a Claim be Issued?

A foreign customs authority must issue a claim within twelve months after the Carnet expiration. Working in conjunction with USCIB, Holders have four months from the date of the customs claim notification, within which to provide evidence of re-exportation out of the country issuing the claim. Once a claim is received, the Carnet will not be cancelled and the security against the Carnet will be held until all claims are resolved.

How Will I be Notified?

Upon receipt of a claim from foreign customs, USCIB will verify its validity and will attempt to settle the claim based on the documentation within the Carnet itself.  However, if the necessary evidence is not available, USCIB will send a claim notification letter to the Holder at the address in our file. It is important for Carnet Holders to notify USCIB of any changes in address and/or contact people.

Please note that there is a time limit to present evidence to foreign customs. The Holder is expected to assist USCIB’s Claims Examiners in settling the claim by responding promptly to our notifications. The Holder should:

  • Submit all documentary proof to USCIB immediately; or
  • Send written authorization, including Carnet number, to pay the taxes, duties and penalties as assessed by the foreign customs if the merchandise will remain in the importing country permanently; or
  • Contact a Foreign Claims Examiner for further assistance.

Carnet Countries

At present, over 75 countries accept Carnets.  New members are added periodically.  Each country designates a National Guaranteeing Association (NGA), which oversees the operation of the Carnet system in that country.  The World Chambers Federation (WCF), a division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in Paris, with the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels, administer the Carnet System worldwide.

·  Member Countries

·  Non-member Areas

Know Before You Go

Departing the US  |  Entering a Country  | Departing a CountryRe-Entering the US
Transiting a Country  | Upon Return | Advisories  |  Glossary

 

Read this before preparing your application

Air Couriers

While BAX and DHL accept Carnet shipments, FedEx and UPS (small package divisions) generally do not.

Commercial Value

U.K. customs denied entry of Carnet because the merchandise was undervalued and did not represent a “reasonable commercial value.” Using the insured value of goods on your General List will usually result in a “reasonable commercial value”.

Export/Import Requirements

Obtaining a Carnet does not release your obligation to comply with U.S. Government export controls or foreign country import controls.  Some articles may require an export license for reasons of national security and foreign policy.  An export license allows U.S. companies to export commodities that are controlled by U.S. regulations.  Check with foreign customs in advance for their restriction or requirements on goods entering their country.

Electronic Export Information Filing

Effective April 5, 2014, and as a result of changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), many exemptions that existed for ATA Carnet are greatly curtailed. These changes cover both U.S. and foreign ATA Carnets, as well as those coming from and going to Taiwan (TECRO/AIT). For a complete guide to the new FTR export requirements click here.

10+2 Importer Security Filing

ATA Carnets are not exempt from importer security filing (ISF, otherwise known as 10+2). However, ATA Carnet shipments ARE exempt from posting the bond required of other shipments entering or re-entering the U.S. via vessel. Except for the provision of the six digit HTSUS codes, the information needed to complete the ISF can be found on the Carnet or available from the broker clearing the entry.

Jewelry

It is highly recommended that identifying photographs be appended to the General List for Carnets entering European Union, especially Italy and the United Kingdom. It is also recommended that identifying photographs be appended to the General List for all types of Jewelry entries into Israel.

Holders should have blue transit certificates in their Carnet when bringing jewelry samples and/or loose precious stones to France. It is also recommended that Carnets covering jewelry and entering Switzerland for an exhibition or fair include transit sheets.

Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicles may travel on ATA Carnets only if the vehicles are commercial samples, professional equipment (e.g. for races) or to be displayed at an exhibition or fair. Special security deposit rules apply. Vehicles crossing the US Canada border as means of transportation are exempt from ATA Carnet requirements.

Personal use road vehicles (autos, motorcycles, trailers, ATVs, RVs, caravans) for touring, vacation and non-business travel need to obtain a CPD (Carnet de Passages en Douanes). To obtain a CPD, contact Monika Jadeszko at +1 847.852.3100 or Info@CPDCarnet.com, boomerang carnets for assistance. Boomerang carnets is authorized by the FIA to issue CPDs to American and Canadian residents for touring purposes.

Horses

Effective April 1, 2017 all ATA Carnet Preparers that have a horse listed on their general list will be required to complete and submit an ATA Carnet Horse Questionnaire (click to download form) along with any related supporting documentation before the ATA Carnet can be issued. USCIB recommends Preparers use the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) database https://data.fei.org/Default.aspx as a tool to assist validation of the value of the horses in addition to the questionnaire. USCIB no longer requires that the minimum value of horse listed on the general list of the ATA Carnet be $10,000. The actual value of the horse must be listed on the general list of the Carnet.

Read this before hand-carrying or shipping your goods overseas under Carnets

Airports

To avoid a claim, have the counterfoils and vouchers validated upon entry and exit into a foreign country.  Make doubly sure that the yellow re-import voucher is stamped by US customs.  This is your last line of defense to settle a claim.

For Carnets with a valid claim, Holders are subject to a maximum penalty of 10% of the total duties and taxes levied by a foreign customs authority.  This penalty is in addition to the duties and taxes.  Holders will also be charged a USCIB Claims Handling Fee.

Carnet Shipments Held-Up at Customs

Regular business hours, contact USCIB, Carnet HQ, immediately for assistance; tel: 800-538-8937, fax: (212) 944-0012, email: atacarnet@uscib.org.

Carnet Green Cover

Upon initial departure, the Holder or authorized representative must sign the green cover. U.S. Customs must validate the green cover and a yellow exportation counterfoil to activate the Carnet for its first use.  Foreign customs may deny entry of goods under a Carnet if neither the green cover nor the exportation counterfoil is properly validated.

Restricted Carnets

A foreign customs authority has the right to restrict the duration of a Carnet shipment and require that the goods leave prior to the expiration date of the Carnet.  If a customs authority limits your stay, this will be noted on the importation counterfoil (Item 2—Final Date of Re-Exportation) at the time of entry.

Substituting Goods

U.S. Customs levied an $80,000 penalty on a U.S. Carnet Holder who knowingly substituted similar goods on General Lists for re-importation into the U.S.

 

Register and Apply

ATA Carnets can be obtained from one of our service providers. Please click on a logo below to simply Register and Apply.

Processing Fees

Fee Types

Fees

Basic

$1 - $9,999$235
$10,000 - $49,999$280
$50,000 - $149,999$340
$150,000 - $399,999$385
$400,000 - $999,999$435
Over $1,000,000$475

Continuation Sheets (GL)

$10 per additional page

Additional Sets

$20 per set
Post Issue of Original Carnet$75, minimum

Replacement Carnet

Replacement - Application$275
Replacement - Activation$175

Expedited Options: Expedited and same-day delivery may be available. Check with your issuing office for costs and availability. Additional charges may apply.

Delivery Options: Check with your issuing office for availability. Courier charges apply.

 

Security Deposits

All Carnets require a security deposit equal to 40% of the value of the General List.
Exception: Carnets issued for Brazil require a security deposit equal to 60% of the value of the General List.

Road vehicles covered by a Carnet require 100% security for corporations or 150% if the Holder is an individual, and all vehicles visiting China require a minimum of 100% security deposit.

CASH

Certified checks and money orders are made payable to your Carnet issuing Service Provider, boomerang carnets or Roanoke Trade (minimum $100).

SURETY BOND

Surety bonds may be obtained through our Service providers who are carnet bond specialists or from any of the 200 companies authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department, admitted in New York State, and have an A.M. Best rating of A- or better. Bond premiums are typically 1% of the bond amount (a minimum premium may apply).

REFUNDABLE CLAIM DEPOSIT (RCD)

In lieu of a cash deposit or bond, federal government agencies may remit an RCD of $250 per Carnet. Agencies must also complete the Application for Waiver of Security.  Effective January 1, 2010, non-Federal Government Agencies are required to post a standard security deposit in the form of cash or a surety bond as explained above.

WRITTEN AGREEMENT

As of January 1, 2010 Written Agreement in lieu of a cash or a bond and is only available to select members. For further details please contact your service provider.

Cash deposits and RCDs are returned in full. Surety bonds are terminated once the original Carnets have been returned for cancellation and no claims are anticipated by Carnet HQ. While Carnets are good for up to one year, if a claim arises, it may be necessary to hold the security deposit until the claim is resolved.

Power of Attorney

If a customs broker, freight forwarder or agent is preparing the application on behalf of a Carnet holder, a Power of Attorney must accompany this application.  Please contact your service provider for a Power of Attorney form.

EEI – Electronic Export Information for AES

Effective April 5, 2014, and as a result of changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), many exemptions that existed for ATA Carnet are greatly curtailed. These changes cover both U.S. and foreign ATA Carnets, as well as those coming from and going to Taiwan (TECRO/AIT). For a complete guide to the new FTR export requirements click here.

Know Before You go

Please check this list for helpful information on applying for and using your Carnet

Questions?

Call 1.800.538.8937

Email atacarnet@uscib.org

Carnet Cancellation FAQs

  1. When do I return the Carnet?

    The Carnet should be returned after its final use or immediately after its expiration, whichever comes first.

  2. To where do I return the Carnet?

    The Carnet holder should make and keep a clear copy of the whole Carnet booklet (all used and even un-used sheets), and return the original via receipted mail to the company that issued you the Carnet.

  3. What should I do if the Carnet is misplaced, lost, or destroyed?

    Please contact your issuing company for assistance.

  4. What should I do if the merchandise is sold in the country of importation?

    If goods are sold overseas, proof of payment (a cashier’s receipt) from the Customs of the country of importation should be attached to the returned Carnet.  Please note that the Carnet number must be indicated on the cashier’s receipt.

  5. Is it possible for the goods under the Carnet to remain in the country after the Carnet has expired?

    It may be. You may apply for a replacement Carnet, which normally allows the goods to stay in the country of import for another year.  Approval and acceptance of replacement Carnets vary from country to country.  To apply, please contact the office where you obtained your original Carnet at least 30 days prior to Carnet expiration.

  6. I received a duplicate Carnet after I lost the original. The duplicate was sent back to you. Why am I still getting reminder letters?

    In order to cancel a Carnet, both the duplicate and the original must be returned. Reminder letters will be generated if only the duplicate was returned. If you do not have the original then the Carnet must remain open for one year after the expiration date. If no claim(s) is issued during that time period then the Carnet will be cancelled.

  7. My Carnet was never used. Do I still have to return it?

    Yes, all Carnets must be returned even if they were never used.  Carnets that are not returned will be considered ‘open’ and thus, the associated security deposit will remain in effect until the time during which a customs claim may be submitted to USCIB has ended.