Indonesian Customs is preparing to implement the ATA Carnet System as part of the country’s move toward globalization.
Indonesia aims to announce its ratification of the convention on the temporary admission of goods at the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, to be held in Bali in December.
It will then implement the ATA Carnet System for the temporary duty- and tax-free import and export of goods in early 2014.
The Southeast Asian nation is among the 10 priority target countries where businessmen from countries already operating the system would like to be able to use their ATA Carnets, according to a written statement from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Indonesia.
The ATA Carnet System is jointly administered by the World Customs Organization, which holds the international conventions on the temporary admission of goods, and the ICC World Chambers Federation, which acts as the administrator of the ATA International Guarantee Chain. This chain is comprised of the chambers of commerce and other similar business organizations appointed in their respective countries to guarantee and issue Carnets.
ATA Carnets remove the need for exporters to provide Customs authorities with the otherwise necessary guarantees required for goods to cross borders. In the 73 countries where they are currently accepted, Carnets allow all kinds of goods, usually pertaining to professional equipment, commercial samples, and materials for trade fairs and exhibitions, to be temporarily transported.
Some examples of these goods are a prototype solar car, World Cup yachts, Giorgio Armani apparel, McLaren Grand Prix cars, Munich Symphony Orchestra instruments, Australian Olympic horses, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and equipment for the Bolshoi Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, and media organizations like BBC and CNN.
More than 175,000 ATA Carnets are issued yearly for thousands of customs transactions worth over US$25 billion, the statement said.