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In order to limit delays and paperwork at the border in the event of a temporary export, many countries outside the EU allow you to use an ATA carnet. With an ATA carnet you co not pay VAT, import duties or financial guarantees.
Applying for an ATA carnet
In the Netherlands, you can obtain this international customs document from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK, in Dutch). An ATA carnet can be used for the temporary export of for instance:
- samples and advertising material;
- exhibition material;
- tools for performing maintenance, repairs and service work;
- photographic, video and film material, musical instruments, stage and theatre props.
Check the list of countries for which the ATA-carnet is valid.
Return after use
After you have used the ATA carnet, you send it back to the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce. You also send it back if it has expired. You send it by registered post to: KVK, Afdeling Carnets, PO Box 2852, 1000 CW Amsterdam.
Temporary export of goods for treatment
Once the goods have been exported, they must not undergo any changes. If you export goods temporarily outside the EU for treatment (outward processing) you will need authorisation to do so.