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First-ever eATA Carnet tested between the US and the UK

Recently, the ICC announced the usage of the world’s first fully digital ATA Carnet, marking a monumental step towards modernizing global trade practices.

Close on the heels of this announcement, the ICC has announced the processing of the first-ever eATA test between the US and the UK.

This first electronic ATA Carnet was used by Rock-It Cargo for a time-sensitive shipment of uniquely designed microphones from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to London Heathrow Airport.

This test is seen as a significant leap forward in the digital transformation of global logistics, particularly benefiting the live events industry.

The ATA Carnet, which has traditionally been a paper document known as the “passport for goods,” has been an indispensable tool for industries requiring the rapid, temporary movement of equipment, such as live entertainment and TV & Film production.

It facilitates the temporary, duty-free, and tax-free import of commercial goods across over 100 territories worldwide, ensuring that production equipment and gear are delivered on time and ready for the show.

The test marks a pivotal moment in the digitalization of the industry, steering away from legacy paper processes that are not only cumbersome but also environmentally unfriendly.

The microphones, designed by Emmy Award-winning costume designer Perry Meek, were destined for the prestigious TPi Awards Ceremony in London.

David Antia, ICC Director of Transformation, said, “The eATA project is not just about digitalising the ATA Carnet; it’s about revolutionising the way we facilitate international trade. As we move forward, we will continue to innovate and improve the eATA system, making it more efficient and user-friendly for all stakeholders.

It has been reported that US Council for International Business (USCIB) chose Rock-it Cargo to pilot the eATA Carnet because it is one of the largest ATA Carnet users in the US.

We’re thrilled to launch the official test-phase for e-ATA Carnet processing in the United States,” said USCIB Chief Operating Officer Declan Daly. “With the help of our partners, including CBP, the International Chamber of Commerce World Chamber Federation (ICC WCF), Roanoke, one of our service providers, and Rock-it, we’ve taken a crucial and exciting first step to finally bring the ATA Carnet into the 21st century.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is honored to collaborate with the U.S. Council for International Business and our counterparts in the United Kingdom on this first test of a digital ATA Carnet,” said Francis J. Russo, director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.

Carnets have long been an effective method to control and release materials that are temporarily imported. Digitizing the process to align with modern technical capabilities will make it far more efficient than continuing to rely on paper,” added Russo.

Davor A. McKinley, head of ATA Carnets and Compliance, UK National ATA Carnet Organization (UKNATACO) added, “UKNATACO is delighted that United States Council for International Business (USCIB) chose United Kingdom as the destination for their first ever digital Carnet.

This clearly highlights the close working relationship between the two countries and demonstrates that digitalising ATA Carnets will play a pivotal role in strengthening our mutual trade further.

The eATA Carnet’s introduction is not seen just as a technological upgrade but as a response to the call for more sustainable and efficient global trade practices.

By digitalizing the ATA Carnet, stakeholders aim to reduce environmental impact, minimize errors, and expedite the customs clearance process, ultimately benefiting the live events industry and other sectors reliant on international trade.

The initiative aligns with ongoing efforts, led by entities like the World Customs Organization, to transition the ATA Carnet system from paper to digital worldwide. This global transition aims to make international trade more efficient, secure, and accessible.

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