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What Charges Might I Face?

Duties, Taxes and Penalties; Regularization Fees

A Carnet allows the temporary importation of merchandise without the deposit of taxes (e.g., value-added taxes, VAT) and duties or the purchase of an import bond.  With a customs claim for which there is no proof of re-exportation, duties, taxes and usually a penalty (10% of the duty and taxes) will become payable.

This VAT chart is a general reference guide. Actual taxes and duties may vary.

Regularization Fees and Penalties

Foreign customs may charge a Regularization Fee if the re-exportation counterfoil was not validated by a customs inspector upon re-exportation or if proof of re-exportation is submitted more than 6 months after the customs claims date (for the Netherlands ONLY).  The amount of this fee and its application vary from country to country.

Countries known to impose a Regularization Fee are:

Austria104.00 Euros
Netherlands140 Euros
Serbia8210.00 RSD (Serbian Dinars)
Switzerland50 - 250 CHF (Swiss Francs)
Thailand10% of import duties
No<1000 Baht & No>20,000 Baht
Turkey318 TRY (Turkish Lira)


Countries known to impose Penalties are:

MalaysiaCompound Charges RMI 1.00 - 5,000.00
Mexico2,070 - 3,120(MXN)
Singapore30 - 5,000 (SGD) and GST/duties where applicable
UAE500 - 5,000 (AED)
Ukraine850 - 17,000 (UAH)


USCIB Claims Handling Fees

Effective October 21, 2014:

Claim Payment to Foreign Customs

Claims Handling Fee

$1 to $150$50
$151 to $1,000$100
$1,001 to $2,500$200
$2,501 to $5,000$300
$5,001 to $7,500$400
$7,501 to $10,000$500
Over $10,0005% of the amount paid;
Maximum of $4,000


USCIB reserves the right to assess any charges on any claims that require excessive claim Examiners’ time; telephone, facsimile or postage charges; and other situations that cause financial or other loss to USCIB as a result of misuse of an ATA Carnet.

Staff Contact:   Dale Ogasawara

Director, Carnet Claims and Trade Services
Tel: 212.703.5071

Dale Ogasawara has been with USCIB for over twenty years and has extensive knowledge of the ATA Carnet as well as both foreign and U.S. Customs claims.

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