What is a Carnet?

Definition

A Carnet (pronounced kar-nay) is an international customs document that is commonly referred to as a ‘Merchandise Passport‘ or a passport for goods. It is used to clear customs in 85 countries without paying duty and import tax on goods that will be re-exported within 12 months.

Simply put: it is a single document to be used for clearing goods through Customs. Without a Carnet you would have to go through each country’s customs procedures.

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Types of Carnet

Currently, in the UK, there are two types of Carnet that you can access:

1. The most widely used are the ATA Carnets. These allow the temporary importation of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods going to either a trade fair or exhibition to countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system.

2. The second type of Carnet is an EC/CPD/China-Taiwan carnet (between the U.K. and Taiwan) or a TECRO/AIT Carnet (between the U.S. and Taiwan) . A Taiwan carnet is issued in addition to an ATA Carnet if you are travelling to multiple countries including Taiwan.

See what goods a Carnet can cover here.

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How can you obtain a Carnet?

The Travel Visa Company, a U.K. leader in travel visas, and boomerang carnets, ATA Carnet specialists, are delivering both services from The Travel Visa offices in Crewe.

This collaboration makes it easy for you to prepare for international travel by offering two specialities in international travel and trade documentation.

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ATA Carnets and their accompanying security can be applied for, signed and stamped electronically from anywhere in the U.K. using boomerang carnets online application. ATA Carnet pick-up locations are available in Liverpool and London, in addition to Travel Visa’s Crewe office where travel visas are also available

A Travel Visa, boomerang carnets and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce collaboration makes so much sense. The Travel Visa Company is the preferred visa supplier for the Liverpool Chamber and boomerang carnets is their exclusive service provider for ATA Carnets.  All three international trade and travel document organizations bring experience and expertise to, sometimes, complex and frustrating processes.

To apply for your Carnet, or to simply find out more information, call 01270 250 590.

Need any more information? Visit the boomerang website for everything you might need to know! www.boomerangcarnets.co.uk

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Worldwide love for Doughnuts!

If you don’t like sweet treats, incredible desserts or down right deliciousness… then this blog post probably isn’t for you!

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Here, at The Travel Visa Company, there are many things we are passionate about, like: worldwide travel,  top notch customer service and our visa procurement services; but, there is one thing we all love; no matter what day of the week it is, and that’s FOOD!

After countless high profile meetings, intense and rigorous training sessions and hours of research and testing we have come to the conclusion that: Doughnuts really are our favourite sweet treat!

Just think about this: Doughnuts come in all manner of shapes, colours and sizes. Some are sweet and some may be sour. Some thick, some thin. Some big, some small. But are they really any different from you and I? Well, yes. Of course they are. They are doughnuts.

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So, let’s get down to the serious business. Which doughnut is best? Commonly, doughnuts can be either in ring shapes, sometimes with toppings; or, a complete doughnut bursting with all sorts of yummy fillings.

Three most popular brands of doughnut makers are Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts and Voodoo Doughnuts. These brands offer distinctive and delightful flavours, such as: cookie dough, lemon meringue, apple pie, chocolate eclair, frosted maple kreme and so many more!

However, you may not know that there are, in fact, other variations of doughnut from every corner of the globe. These include (most popularly): the Dutchie and the Cronut. The Dutchie being a square doughnut, glazed and with raisins cooked into the dough itself. The Cronut, on the other hand, is a cross between a doughnut and a croissant.

In fact, most nations have their own variations of doughnut. Here are a select few:

  1. China – The ‘Youtiao’ is a long golden-brown deep-fried strip of dough.
  2. India – The ‘Vada’ can be made from a range of ingredients including potato!
  3. Kenya – The ‘Mandazi’ is a form of fried bread that originated on the Swahili Coast.
  4. Russia – The ‘Pączki’ is a pastry that came from Polish heritage.
  5. Turkey – The ‘Tulumba’ is a fried batter soaked in syrup, similar to churros.
  6. Germany – very similar to a traditional doughnut, without the hole in the centre.

If you are wanting to combine your love of food and travel by tracking down these delicacies, we can assist you with all your travel visa needs. Call our award-winning team on 01270 250 590 or visit www.thetravelvisacompany.co.uk

Before ending this flavourful blog, we have one burning question to ask…

How do you to spell it?

A. Doughnut

B. Donut

Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below!

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What is the Visa Waiver Program?

If you have travelled to or from America, then you may have heard of the Visa Waiver Program. But what actually is it, and what does it do?

The Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program allows visa-free travel to America for up to 90 days.

Visitors must obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel which is valid for two years from the date of issue and allows multiple entries in to the U.S. for business, leisure and transiting purposes.

This visa-free travel scheme only applies to nationals of following participating countries:

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How do I apply for an ESTA?

All British Passport holders travelling to America will require to obtain an ESTA before travel. In order to be eligible you must hold a passport with an integrated chip. You can apply online through the official American Government’s website or, if you would like further assistance with your application or have any questions, contact The Travel Visa Company on 01270 250 590.

Happy Travels!

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