ATA Carnet

eATA Carnet

The eATA Carnet project aims to digitalise ATA Carnets and their lifecycle management process – from issuance and declarations to transactions and claims.

What is eATA Carnet?

First developed by ICC in 2016  with the support of the World Customs Organization, eATA Carnet was launched to provide various digital tools tailored for a range of stakeholders including: 

  • A smartphone application, the ATA Carnet app, enabling Carnet holders to carry and declare digital versions of their customs documents. 
  • ATA Carnet Customs, enabling customs officers to verify Carnets and approve digitally declared transactions. 
  • The ATA Carnet Core, the central engine and database of the whole ATA Carnet System. 
  • The ATA Gateway, a lightweight issuing module made available to NGAs and IAs to issue paper and digital carnets.

How does the eATA system work? 

  1. When a Carnet is being issued, holders will also obtain a digital ATA Carnet, generated from the National Issuing and Claims Systems (NICS), which is run by a National Guaranteeing Association (NGA). 
  2. The holder then downloads the ordered Carnet into his or her smartphone wallet using ICC’s ATA Carnet app. If necessary, they can share it with his or her customs representative. For security purposes, the Carnet is encrypted and never transmitted in ‘open format’ on the network. 
  3. When crossing a border, the holder, or their customs representative, unlocks the downloaded Carnet and prepares a declaration using the ATA Carnet app. A QR code is generated for each declaration to present to the customs officer upon travel. 
  4. The customs officer then scans the QR code, reviews the declared elements via the ATA Carnet Customs Portal and determines if the goods can enter or exit the border. If the declaration is correct and accepted, the customs officer will the transaction via the ATA Carnet Customs Portal. 
  5. The transaction is then recorded and a confirmation is sent to the holder or customs representative’s smartphone. 

Learning about the eATA pilot phase

While basic functionalities of the system have been built, the project is currently running a pilot phase with selected NGA members and their respective customs authorities.

Currently, the pilot is implemented in the following countries:

SwitzerlandNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2019-10-20Zurich Airport. Customs offices located at:
– Check-In 1– Airside Centre– Arrival 2– General Aviation Centre. Above locations can be found on the Zurich Airport website
BelgiumNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2019-12-09Brussels International AirportPassenger and cargo
Liège AirportCargo only, including horses
ChinaNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2020-01-02Beijing Capital International AirportPassenger and cargo
Beijing Daxing International AirportPassenger and cargo
RussiaNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2020-10-30Domodedovo International Airport, MoscowPassenger and cargo
Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow OblastPassenger and cargo
Specialized Customs point (internal customs post), Smolnaya st. 12, MoscowPassenger and cargo
Multilateral automobile checkpoint (MAPP)
Ubylinka Border Crossing Station
GermanyNGA (Issuing only)*2022-03-15N/AN/A
North MacedoniaNGA (Issuing only)*2023-05-05N/AN/A
NorwayNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2022-04-01Oslo Harbour, Customs Office: Utstikker IIPassenger and cargo
Oslo Harbour, Customs Office: Hjortnes portPassenger and cargo
Stavanger Customs Office, Airport Solacargo and passenger
Stavanger Customs Office, Risvika portcargo and passenger
2022-09-01Gardermoen Airportcargo and passenger
CanadaNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2022-04-11Montréal-Trudeau International AirportCargo
United KingdomNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2022-05-10Heathrow AirportPassenger and cargo
Sweden NGA (Issuing only)* 2023-03-23 N/AN/A
EstoniaNGA (issuing) + Customs (transaction)2023-09-01EE1310EE - Airport Customs Office Valukoja 32/3, Tallinn 11415Cargo

*Germany NGA, Sweden NGA and North Macedonia NGA are issuing ATA carnets digitally to help boost eATA transactions (test results) in other pilot countries.

Finding support

NGAs act as ICC’s national coordinators for pilot participants. If you are a Carnet user or a customs officer involved in the project and have questions or would like to receive support, please contact the NGA in your country. Contact details are provided in the ATA Carnet page