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LCC Artist Members Have Unique Access to Money Saving ATA Carnets

Considering Going Abroad for an Art Exhibition or Event?

Have you ever wanted to enter your new ceramics piece to compete in a show in Switzerland? Take your paintings to Spain for exhibition? Transport your architectural design piece to a trade show in Italy? Or temporarily move sculptures to the Netherlands for a performance event? You can do it and you can do it affordably and easily with an ATA Carnet from the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and its partner boomerang carnetsĀ® UK.

If you are an artist in the UK and interested in temporarily exporting your work internationally, the Crafts Council Temporary Export Guide 2023 is recommended. It is a comprehensive 93-page Guide that plainly lays out the process and options to consider when temporarily exporting your work. In the Guide, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and boomerang carnets UK are cited as a best option for seeking ATA Carnets for the temporary exportation of art. In a case study, Tom Hancock, an award-winning artist-designer and maker working out of a studio in Herefordshire UK, used the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce to obtain an ATA Carnet to exhibit in the prestigious Maison&Objet 2023 show in Paris.

The ATA Carnet is an internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise, goods, or equipment (boomerang freight). Carnet use allows for cross-border movement of those goods import-duty and -tax free in and out of 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year. Also known as the Merchandise Passport, the ATA Carnet is a unique international trade tool for accessing foreign markets easily and affordably.

Make your mark abroad. To get started and learn more, go to or call 0808 189 3400 and ask about using and obtaining an ATA Carnet.