You do not want to export goods permanently, but to take them out of Germany temporarily, i.e. the European Single Market. To do this, you must supply the Customs authority of the importing country with security that you will pay import duties if the goods you have imported are not re-exported. The best way to do this is to supply a Carnet A.T.A..
What are the advantages of the Carnet A.T.A.?
The abbreviation "A.T.A." stands for "temporary admission" and "Carnet" means a booklet or document. So the Carnet A.T.A. is a customs permit document for the temporary admission of goods.
What is an Carnet A.T.A.?
With an Carnet A.T.A. , you no longer need to carry sums of cash – often large – and change them into the appropriate currency. This saves you bank fees, loss of interest and losses due to exchange rate fluctuations. No more worry about the risk of theft and fraud. In addition, the time you need to pass through customs is minimized. In other words: You save time and money.
What type of goods can you take out of the country with an Carnet A.T.A.?
Professional equipment, commercial samples and goods for use or presentation at trade fairs and exhibitions are permitted under international agreement. The Carnet A.T.A. also covers several additional national and international applications.
Can an Carnet A.T.A. be issued for any country?
No. For Taiwan you can use a special customs permit, the Carnet C.P.D. Inside the European Single Market you do not need a Carnet.
At present you can use a Carnet A.T.A. to import goods temporarily into:
Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, China and the Special Administrative Regions Hong Kong and Macau, Croatia, Gibraltar, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.