I began researching these logistic problems because I am going to exhibit in Switzerland in the Fall, and I wanted to make sure it is done 'legitimate' - and not the way like low-balling value, trying to sneak it through customs and possibly getting into trouble when you get caught. With a carnetATA you avoid all that (and getting nailed for taxes etc) - yes, it is a lot of paperwork. That paperwork will also help bringing your artwork back. Make sure you use Google Website Translate to also read the German links, such as the one titled: "Nachträglicher Verkauf von Carnet-A.T.A.-Gütern" (English: Subsequent sale of Carnet-A.T.A. goods). Link to the Translator is in the blog.
Works of art and collectors' pieces of an educational, scientific or cultural character
(i) Paintings and drawings, whatever the nature of the materials on which they have been executed entirely by hand, including copies executed by hand, but excluding manufactured decorated wares.
(ii) Ceramics and mosaics on wood, being original works of art.
(iii) Collectors' pieces and objects of art consigned to galleries, museums-and other institutions approved by the competent authorities of the importing country for the purpose of duty-free entry of those types of materials, on condition they are not resold.
A Carnet or ATA Carnet (pronounced kar-nay) is an international customs and temporary export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 86 countries and territories without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 12 months*. Carnets are also known as Merchandise Passports or Passports for Goods.
The links below are examples from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
You will need to contact your local Chamber of Commerce about how to obtain a Carnet ATA
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