Acceptable Carnet Merchandise

Virtually all types of goods can be transported under the ATA Carnet the following use:

  • Commercial Samples
  • Professional Equipment
  • Goods for Exhibitions (limited to 6 months)


Consumable items such as agricultural products, explosives, disposables and postal traffic cannot travel under an ATA Carnet.

Examples of Acceptable Merchandise:

Aerospace equipment & devices

Agricultural equipment (non-food)


Antiques & antiquities

Art – paintings, sculpture, installations

Audio-visual equipment

Autos – prototypes, race cars

Bloodstock – horses for training or show

Broadcast equipment

Circus animals, props, sets, costumes & equipment

Computer equipment – routers, networking devices, monitors, peripherals

Construction & mining equipment

Defense & military items

Diagnostic devices

DIY electronics & devices


Film & video equipment – cameras, sound equipment, lighting, microphones, peripherals & accessories


Laptop computers


Measurement equipment

Medical devices

Networking devices & equipment

Operas – props, costumes, sets, audio equipment

Orchestras – musical instruments, accessories, electronic audio equipment, music stands

Photography equipment – cameras, lights, back drops

Research & scientific equipment, devices & materials

Robots & robotic devices

Security & Surveillance equipment

Sports gear & equipment

Sub-sea equipment & submersibles

Telecommunications equipment

Testing devices

Theatrical productions – props, costumes, sets, audio equipment

Trade show exhibit booths

Unmanned vehicles & aircraft

Water equipment – irrigation, purification, filtration

Wearing apparel – samples, for photo & film shoots