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ATA Carnet and document certification – service update

Please note that while the majority of our staff are now working remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are still opening our Ottawa and Toronto offices on a rotation. Our Montreal office is closed until further notice.

Montreal: Closed
Ottawa Office: Wednesdays
Toronto Office: Tuesdays and Thursdays


Your Carnet will still be processed, but it may be shipped from a different regional office and not available for in-office pick-up. A representative will contact you with specific information.

Document certification requests will have to be submitted online at If you do not already have an account, please contact

 We will continue to do our best to meet all deadlines, but please note that same-day service in any region may not be available. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need to speak to a Services representative, please email: We thank you for your understanding.



The ATA Carnet is now online!

You can now process your ATA Carnet application online with our new platform!

A secure way to keep track of all issued carnets, past and present, and view their status online. Rest assured fully knowing your requests and payments are both received and processed properly. 

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If you need assistance, please contact


You don’t want your ATA Carnet up in smoke!

Under the Cannabis Act, the legalization of cannabis in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. Therefore, it is important for the carnet holder to note that ATA carnets should not be requested for participation in cannabis-related events abroad. Cannabis is illegal in most countries. Previous use of cannabis, or any other substance prohibited by local law, could result in a traveller being denied entry to their destination country. This will be the case even if you are travelling to places that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis. For example, despite being legal in multiple states, Cannabis is a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The use, sale, and possession of all forms of cannabis in the United States is illegal under federal law. Involvement in the legal cannabis industry in Canada could result in your being denied entry. The carnet holder takes full responsibility for any issues that may arise at any border due to the nature of their visit, the nature of their investments, and for any prior and current personal use of cannabis and its derivative products.


ATA is a French and English acronym of “Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission.” Established by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1961 to facilitate world trade, the ATA carnet is an internationally-recognized customs document for the temporary importation of goods. Accepted in over 78 countries, the carnet permits the duty-free and tax-free importation of goods into foreign countries during its one-year validation period, simplifies customs procedures, reduces business costs and saves time and paperwork. A carnet covers virtually all goods, except for consumable or disposable items and goods for repair and/or processing.

Carnets are commonly used by sales people and manufacturers to bring their wares into foreign countries to show as commercial samples to potential customers or to display at trade fairs and exhibitions. Canadian entertainers, sports teams, the media and service companies also frequently use carnets to travel with their professional equipment.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, as the Canadian national guaranteeing organization, has been issuing carnets since 1972.

For more information on the ATA carnet, please contact Carnet Services.

Click here to download the ATA Carnet Reference Manual.


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