World ATA Carnet Council session

Date: 17-18 November 2016

On November 17–18, Rome hosted the World ATA Carnet Council session.

The session had been organized by the World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce and the Italian CCI Council. The representatives of over 40 countries took part in the event.

The agenda of the session included the issues regarding simplification of the customs and administrative procedures affecting the international trade with the use of ATA Carnet.

Currently, the ATA Carnet system embraces 76 countries around the world. Over 170 thousand ATA Carnets are issued annually, with the cost of the goods transported using these documents amounting to 25 billion dollars.

Besides, the participants were announced to the results of the implementation of the first stage of the "Mercury" electronic database introduction project, implying recording and analysis of the ATA Carnets that has been issued.

"Mercury" electronic database is an advanced technology of customs processing, the first step towards the achievement of the long-term goal of transfer from paper ATA Carnet to electronic.

The representatives of the ATA Carnet system member states delivered speeches on current state of the ATA Carnet development. Foreign Economic Activities Expert of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yulia Yuraga voiced the results and the tendencies of the ATA Carnet system development in Belarus and emphasized the increase in Belarusian enterprises' demand for the ATA Carnets for temporary export of their goods.

The participants of the session noted an ongoing expansion of the ATA Carnet system geography. Thus, Brazil joined the system in the run-up to the Olympics in Rio. The most expected countries to enter the ATA Carnet system are Argentine, Egypt, Vietnam, Qatar, Arabia Saudi.