February 10th, 2021.

The temporary transition arrangements in place between the EU and the UK, affecting the movement of motorsport vehicles and equipment to the EU, expired on the 31st of December 2020.

The Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) has advised that it understands an ATA Carnet will now be required to temporarily move motorsport vehicles and equipment to/from the EU. An ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that operates like a passport for goods. It allows the temporary importation of goods into countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system (the EU and 40+ additional countries) and avoid anyone unnecessary taxes or duties.

ATA Carnets cover all goods that are leaving the UK and returning within a 12-month period. They do not cover disposable goods (oil, fluids) that will be used while out of the country or items that will not be returning to the UK.

The ATA Carnet simplifies the customs procedure into a single document and makes the importation process much quicker and easier to handle. To avoid unnecessary border delays and customs checks the carnet should be acquired in advance of travel.

There are two parts to the carnet:
1. The processing/arrangement fee of the paperwork (VATable)
2. The premium (non-VATable)

The ACU has secured a special deal with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) for ACU members of a fixed price processing/arrangement fee of £240+VAT. This is discounted from the standard fee of £330+VAT that non-members of the GBCC would pay.

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is appointed as part of a network of Chambers around the country to issue ATA Carnets.

The second part of the fee is the Premium. This can either be a refundable deposit of 40% of the vehicle’s value or a non-refundable insurance premium to cover the 40% proportion of the premium.

Carnets are applied for through an electronic portal called ‘E-cert’ and processed and posted out next day delivery or made ready for same day collection.

A walkthrough of the process and further information for Auto-Cycle Union members is available HERE.

For further information, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Carnet Specialist, Jonathan Crosbie, can be contacted by Auto-Cycle Union members on 0121 274 3217.

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