Importing audiovisual equipment

Importing audiovisual equipment

The ATA Carnet is an international customs document which permits the temporary export and import of audiovisual equipment to a specific territory, via a simple process which is carried out at the chamber of commerce of any city or autonomous community. To obtain an ATA Carnet the foreign producer must provide a list of all the audiovisual equipment, their invoices and a deposit, if necessary.

The deposit amount varies according to the equipment's country of origin.

  • Deposit of 100% of the equipment's value: Algeria, Botswana, Croatia, India, Israel, Lesotho, Lebanon, Macedonia, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and China.
  • Deposit of 50% of the equipment's value: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, South Korea, Ivory Coast, United States, Gibraltar, Guadalupe, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritius, Norway, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Romania, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Tahiti.
  • Deposit of 25% of the equipment's value: The Canary Islands and Andorra (except for music or theatre groups)

Temporary imports between countries which are not listed above do not have the obligation of paying a deposit, but the relevant procedure must be followed at the destination country's consulate.

Each carnet is valid for a temporary period of time, and the equipment must be taken back to its country of origin once that period has come to an end.

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