Food and drink exporters unlock new markets with an ATA Carnet

An ATA Carnet is a physical customs document that streamlines and expedites the temporary export process.

The UK's food and drink industry is strong, with annual exports exceeding a staggering £22 billion and growing by an impressive 95% in the past decade. As the global demand for British gastronomic delights continues to rise, many UK producers are seizing the opportunity to showcase their products at international trade fairs and events. This not only allows them to tap into new markets but also engage with the dynamic global food industry. However, navigating the complexities of international trade can be daunting. That's where ATA Carnet services come to the rescue. 

The Power of ATA Carnets:  

ATA Carnets are the secret weapon for savvy food and drink exporters. But what exactly is an ATA Carnet, and how can it simplify the temporary export process for your business? 

What is an ATA Carnet?  

An ATA Carnet is a physical customs document that streamlines and expedites the temporary export process. While you are not able to list food, drink and consumable items, including leaflets, on a Carnet, you can list all the accompanying trade fair items like exhibition stands, promotional equipment, samples for display, tables, and posters - making it an indispensable tool for showcasing your products at international events. 

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Why Use ATA Carnets for Trade Fairs?  

Here are some compelling reasons why food and drink exporters should consider using ATA Carnets for trade fairs and exhibitions: 


ATA Carnets simplify the customs procedures, sparing you from the administration of detailed documentation for each item you take overseas. This means fewer delays and a smoother transition through customs. 


Carnets help you cut costs associated with duties and taxes, which can be a significant burden for businesses participating in international trade fairs. With fewer financial hurdles, you can allocate more resources to promoting your brand. 

Faster Processing:  

Speed is of the essence in the world of international trade. ATA Carnets expedite customs clearance, ensuring your goods reach their destination swiftly and efficiently.  

Business Expansion:  

Engaging with global audiences at trade fairs can open new doors for your business. ATA Carnets help you create a seamless experience, enabling you to focus on your product and marketing efforts rather than dealing with customs red tape. 

Discover More about Carnets for Display Stands and Exhibition Equipment:  

If you're considering using ATA Carnets for your upcoming trade fairs and exhibitions, you're in the right place. Explore our in-depth guide (link to blog) on how to apply ATA Carnets for your display stands and exhibition equipment. Learn the step-by-step process, requirements, and best practices to make the most of this valuable tool. 

Consider a Business West Carnet for Your Business:  

For food and drink exporters looking to leverage international trade fairs as a strategic marketing tool, a Business West Carnet is the ideal choice. With our expertise and support, you can seamlessly navigate the global trade landscape and showcase your culinary delights to the world. Get in touch with us today to discuss your specific needs and how we can assist in your export journey and ensure your delicious creations get the spotlight they’ve earned. 

Please note: you cannot include alcohol on a Carnet (even if they are simply for display and not for consumption). In addition, a Carnet does not remove the requirement for any additional health certification/documents needed in the import country.