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1. Posted by asey16 (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y

Hi all,
In a couple of months time I am travelling around the world and will be taking a collection of my normal filming equipment with me (cameras, sound recorders, DVD burners etc.) Normally I would simply get an ATA Carnet to cover my temportary import/export of this equipment.

Does anyone know of a really really simple way of temporarily important equipment into foreign countries. I am British Citizen and hence a member of the EU and so don't have to worry about customs whilst in Europe (just go for a walk down the Blue customs channel) but in other continents the rules seem very complex, and I am not continually importing goods, and I will definately be taking everything back out with me again.
I hope someone can help with this, don't want to have to go down the ATA Carnet road if I don't have to. xx

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

No worries for importing those equipment into Malaysia.


Quoting Royal Malaysian Customs - Tourist Guide (* edited to show related sections only)


NON-DUTIABLE GOODS

The following goods do not incur Customs duty:

*cropped to show related items only*
Radio transmitter with recorder and speaker (weighing less than 10 kg., with holder and is using both AC/DC power).
Photo camera, flashbulb, flashbulb equipments, and film rolls.
Cinematographic cameras, projector, sound recorders and sound reproducers, for films of less than 16 mm width including cameras for double 8 mm film.
Video camera / television camera.
Computer.
All musical instruments (except piano).
Compact disc/video compact disc for use in computers.
Video tapes (recorded or new)(Customs will screen personal video tapes)



FOREIGN TRAVEL WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS

Foreign travel writer and Journalist may import their frequently used equipments duty free if:

The goods / equipments are recognized as frequently used goods / equipments by the foreign journalists and reporters.
Goods / equipments are exported back as soon as they have completed their assignment.



TEMPORARY VISITORS DEPOSIT

Visitors in possession of dutiable goods for personal use which are not exempted from Customs duties, can pay a deposit with the Customs the amount of duty that they are supposed to pay at the rate of 30% from the value of the goods. Such deposits are returned to the visitors as soon as they are leaving Malaysia through any of the main exit points, with a condition that the goods are exported within 3 months from the importation date. The goods along with the deposit receipt and 30 cents stamp have to be forwarded to Customs Officer on duty at the exit points before leaving Malaysia.



ATA CARNET

ATA Carnet (admission temporaire) allows for the temporary import of exhibition goods and advertising materials, commercial samples and professional equipments without the need to go through the normal importation process including preparation of bank guarantee and Customs Form No. 1, subject to the following conditions:

that the imported goods are not for sale.
that the goods must be re-exported within the period approved for the temporary importation.
ATA Carnet is issued by the International Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the participating countries. In Malaysia the body involved is:

Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry
C-8-8, Block C Plaza Mont Kiara,
2, Jalan 1/70C, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-62017708
Fax: +60 3-62017705/6
E-mail : micci[at]micci.com

Source: Royal Malaysian Customs - Tourist Guide (complete article)

3. Posted by asey16 (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y

Thanks Hein, That is one country I can now cross off my list as I think all our equipment will be covered by their exeptions.
Cheers mate.

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

@ Asey
Would you please tell me more about ATA Carnet and theie website address please.
Did I understand that you send all of your photography equipments with them? Are they can hadle your equipment with care? How much do they charge per each item?
Also I would like to know do you carry any camera with yourself during your flight?
What type camera equipments do you have?
Also what do you do with your images? Do you sell them or ?
Thanks

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Would you please tell me more about ATA Carnet and theie website address please.
Did I understand that you send all of your photography equipments with them? Are they can hadle your equipment with care? How much do they charge per each item?

ATA Carnet is a document issued by the International Chamber of Commerce of the country which allows you to import commercial samples, professional equipment and advertising material without the need to go through normal customs formalities or pay duties and taxes that may be imposed on the goods. This is subject to conditions that the goods are not to be sold, and must be exported before the document expires.

6. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

ATA Carnet is a document issued by the International Chamber of Commerce of the country which allows

Is there any website about this ATA Carnet?
Also what ATA is stand for?
So let me see if I understood, people with this documents could carry their stuffs, in this case their photography equipments without going thru custome or those heavy dosage of X-Ray? Am I right?
Thanks

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

ATA Carnet is a document issued by the International Chamber of Commerce of the country which allows

Is there any website about this ATA Carnet?
Also what ATA is stand for?
So let me see if I understood, people with this documents could carry their stuffs, in this case their photography equipments without going thru custome or those heavy dosage of X-Ray? Am I right?
Thanks

I really don't know how to explain further than what I've given. Anyway. there are two wonderful websites on the internet. Google and Wikipedia. That's where I got most of my info from. So, please use them to find out more about ATA Carnet, or anything else you'd like to know.