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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)

Staff Contact:   Anna Zhang

Director, Claims Administration
Tel: 212.703.5075

Anna Zhang supervises both foreign and U.S. Customs Carnet claims as well as payments to member countries of the ATA Carnet system. She has also worked extensively on expanding the Carnet system to China and other East Asian countries. Zhang has been affiliated with USCIB’s Carnet service since 1988, prior to which time she held positions with Svenska Handelsbanken, Boeing a nd Commerzbank.
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