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Get an ATA carnet



Merchandise passport

The ATA carnet is a free of duties and taxes customs passage document, allowing temporary export of certain types of goods and equipment in 80 countries, for various purposes including: commercial samples, exhibiting in trade fairs and shows, cultural and sporting events and professional equipment, according to the 1961 Brussels Convention and the 1990 Istanbul Convention. The carnet replaces the reporting obligations when crossing every border and exempts from providing customs with a guarantee (bond or deposit) due to Customs for any export or temporary import.


It is a flexible document based on the goods travel organization (single round trip, circle or star trip with multiple successive entries and exits). It is presented in A4 paper format. It consists of a number of leaflets and inserts components corresponding to the successive border crossings.


The ATA Carnet is valid for a 12-month-period but the customs administration may limit this validity according to the intended use of the goods. At the end of this validity, the user must return the book to the issuing association, CACI in this case.



ATA Carnets requests should be sent to Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - International Relations Department, Palais Consulaire, 6 Bd Amilcar Cabral – Place des Martyrs- -Algiers.



The ATA Carnet is available for sale at the CACI TradeBookstore. To be signed and approved by the issuing and guaranteeing association for Algeria: CACI, the ATA carnet shall be duly filled in by the user. The carnet holder must submit a duly signed undertaking (form provided) and a list of concerned goods.  

The holder is required to deposit a bank guarantee to 30% of the goods value (depending on destination and origin of the goods). This amount will be refunded once the book is cleared and returned, provided that it has been used with no anomaly.

N.B: The deposit of the bond is through the delivery of a certified cheque by the bank of the ATA carnet's holder to the order of "CACI".​

Documents to provide:

  • ATA Carnet duly filled and signed by the holder
  • The duly signed undertaking
  • A request to the CACI explaining the intended use of the carnet
  • List of goods on letterhead of the company
  • Trade Register and tax identification number copies
  • Declaration of the real value of the goods (download)

ATA carnet issuance costs are calculated on basis of the goods value according to the formula: L

Pre-tax issuance costs = DZD15,000 + 1% of goods value ; (VAT =  19%)

Border-crossing formalities

Present the goods at customs offices on both side of crossed border. Have the ATA carnet counterfoil signed by customs, check the authentification stamp apposition. Make sure the corresponding section has been removed.

In case of litigation

Any book not cleared, incompletely cleared, cleared out of time, used on an unauthorized basis can give rise to litigation claim of the customs administrations of crossed  countries / territories : customs duties, taxes, penalties and fines, regularization taxes and management fees

  • To safeguard the concerned company interests, CACI may request any information or supporting documents to examine the dispute; 
  • The Carnet holder is liable for the amounts that the CACI, sponsoring agency, could be lead to pay for its account in regularizing the dispute;
  • The customs carnet holder must approach the Chamber of Commerce and Industry that issued this book. The latter will indicate the procedure to regularize the transactions with the concerned customs.

Note that:

  • Goods must not be hired, lent or used for payment.
  • Goods to be processed or repaired will not be covered by an ATA carnet
  • Goods or materials are required to return in the original condition​, identically, in the country of departure, without having undergone any processing;
  • ATA Carnets do not cover perishable or consumption goods.

Once established, the ATA customs carnet must be completed accurately by:

  • the issuing Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • subsequently, by the customs authorities.