Crossing the border with ATA carnet – Exiting EU/UK and on arrival in the EU/UK

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As a company importing and exporting non-perishable goods on a regular basis, such as commercial samples, exhibition goods, trade tools, etc,  you can use ATA carnets (Admission Temporaire/ Temporary Admission) as customs documents when crossing the border.

ATA carnets are valid for up to one year and require to be stamped by the relevant Customs offices before exiting EU/UK and on arrival in the EU/UK.

How is the ATA carnet processed at the border? 

From EU > UK

  1. Declare your ATA carnet at the Pit stop if not already confirmed via your Border Pass
  2. Present it at the Customs booth located just after check-in where it will be stamped
  3. On arrival in the UK, your ATA carnet can be stamped either at Stop 24 (M20 junction 11) or Waterbrook inland border facility (M20 junction 10a).

► How to access Stop24: click here

► How to access Waterbrook inland border facility: click here

From UK > EU

  1. You must get your ATA carnet stamped at the relevant inland border facility (e.g. Waterbrook) before you arrive at the Eurotunnel Folkestone terminal
  2. Declare your ATA carnet at the Pit stop if not already confirmed via your Border Pass
  3. On arrival in France, you will automatically be directed via the orange itinerary to the Centre Douane SIVEP where your ATA carnet will be stamped.

► More information on ATA Carnet in the UK 

► More information on ATA Carnet in France