Earlier this month Qatar has officially joined the World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC). The official announcement was made by Sheikha Tamadar Al Thani, director of international relations and chambers’ affairs at Qatar Chamber (QC) and the International Chamber of Commerce Qatar, during her participation in a WATAC meeting organized by the International Chamber of Commerce’s World Chambers Federation on May 9, 2018 in Xi’an, China. The ATA Carnet system is expected to be implemented in Qatar as of August 1, 2018 but will only accept Carnets issued for Exhibitions and Fairs.
During her address to WATAC, Al Thani noted that the State of Qatar’s formal accession to the Council as a full member came as a result of lengthy negotiations conducted during the previous sessions with WATAC leadership and council members. The ATA Carnet plays an important role towards advancing the cause of free trade as a mechanism of trade facilitation.
Al Thani further noted that world trade is facing momentous challenges nowadays, with protectionist policies on the rise again and the State of Qatar’s accession to the Council is a testimony to its adherence to free trade, and to its belief in the importance of the free movement of goods and services around the world.
The ATA Carnet is the global gold standard for temporary admissions under the auspices of the World Customs Organization. ATA Carnets are international tools of trade facilitation, which serve as a temporary export-import documentation. The ATA System is in place in over 85 countries and territories, and provides duty-free and tax-free imports on goods that will be re-exported within 12 months.
Please visit the Qatar ATA Carnet page for more info.