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ATA Carnet

Please note that our Ottawa and Toronto offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in celebration of Family Day.

Regular operating hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

The ATA Carnet is going online!

We are proud to announce that we will soon be accepting ATA Carnet applications online. This new solution will not only allow you to apply and pay for your carnets online, it will also enable you to purchase carnet bonds, all in one place. 

In addition to the convenience of a one-stop shop, this tool will let you:

  • Rest assured that your carnet requests have been received and are being processed.
  • Keep track of all issued carnets, past and present, and view their status.
  • Be confident that your data is encrypted and secure.

 New platform coming soon. Stay tuned for more updates!  


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 76 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.

Carnet reference manualClick here to download the ATA Carnet Reference Manual.