13/09/2018 07:36 AST

Qatar Chamber (QC) yesterday announced that it has issued the first ATA Carnet to Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum after the system entered into force on August 1, 2018.

Last month, QC revealed that the system came into force and now Qatar is officially implementing the temporary export-import document system ATA Carnet in the admission of goods to the country, joining 77 other countries that employ the system.

The first Carnet is issued for the museum because it will participate in an international fair in Malta and France titled the “Dialogue of Cultures” which is organised by Unesco Bureau in Doha, Qatar Museum Authority and Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.

Qatar Chamber’s Director-General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi said that the issuance of the first ATA Carnet comes after one month of the official implementation of the system in Qatar, noting that businessmen and companies are interested in issuing the carnet to participate in conferences and exhibitions that being held outside the country.

The system is being implemented by Qatar Chamber in cooperation with the ICC Qatar and the General Authority of Customs. Al Sharqi said that, as the entity concerned with the issuance and guaranteeing, Qatar Chamber receives applications from companies and institutions willing to use the system. He noted that business owners and customers can apply for ATA Carnet either by visiting the chamber’s member affairs department or registering online on its website.

He pointed out that the ATA Carnet is issued for a fixed fee and is valid for a year for commercial samples and six months for on-display goods and professional equipment.

QC’s director-general added that the implementation of the system will enhance Qatar’s status as an attractive investment destination and a global center for trade and business, Qatar Chamber said, adding that this will stimulate the conference and tourism sector and support Qatar’s readiness to host the 2022 World Cup.

For its part, the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum expressed thanks and appreciation to the chamber for its efforts to apply this international system in Qatar. This will streamline the participation of companies and institutions in the international conferences and fairs held outside Qatar as well as facilitate custom procedures accompanying the import and export processes.

The ATA Carnet Committee headed by Sheikha Tamader Al Thani, Director of International Relations and Chambers’ Affairs at Qatar Chamber and the International Chamber of Commerce Qatar, supervises the issuance procedures for companies and institutions.

ATA Carnet system is an international customs document that allows the temporary import of goods for up to a year without the obligation to take any fees, taxes or customs procedures. The system covers all goods, provided that they are re-exported and imported during the period approved by the customs authorities.

ATA Carnet covers all goods such as commercial samples, professional equipment, goods specific for exhibitions, markets and entertainment events, provided that they are re-exported and imported during the period approved by the relevant customs authorities.

The system covers jewellery, clothing, watches, leather products, different types of products, equipment, antiques, paintings and other artworks, exhibition pavilion requirements, broadcast equipment, audio and video equipment, cinematography and musical instruments, clothing, theatre objects, seminar and meeting equipment, display, repair machines, maintenance and equipment using surgeons, archaeologists, entertainment performers, lecturers and athletes.

However, the system does not cover perishable and disposable goods, or those that will be subject to processing or repair. Qatar Chamber has announced earlier this year that it is the national guarantor of the implementation of the system in the State of Qatar, as required by the international convention on the temporary admission of goods the presence of a national guarantor that guarantees customs duties and rights in the event of the return of goods temporarily entered.

The chamber organised a number of introduction workshops on the ATA Carnet system to introduce the system and how to use it as well as the legal sides related to its implementation, the advantages and guarantees and how to deal with it, the mechanism of issuing the system, and the electronic registration. The workshops also touched on customs procedures and customs responsibilities and rights.

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