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Cargo insurance when shipping internationally is the responsibility of every importer and exporter.  Would you drive your vehicle uninsured?

Depending on the description of your products and whether commercial versus personal effect shipments, the insurance industry provides shippers with alternative coverages and accessible rates.

Choosing the right forwarders (, getting the right insurance for your shipments.

Any shipper is entitled to purchase cargo insurance coverage through ETC Intl. Freight System. The types of insurances available to commercial and private parties are:


  • All Risk (including War Risk) via Air, Ocean and Truck
  • FPA (Total Loss/Catastrophic) Coverage

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Please note that upon choosing your cargo insurance, you hereby accept and will adhere to the underwriter’s terms and conditions.

Shippers contact ETC International Freight System via telephone 1-800-383-31567 or via email and discuss with our sales manager Dimitri Malinbaum the description of your product(s), its packing and the value. We will be able to offer you a coverage that would meet the criteria of the insurance carriers ensuring a dependable claim refund.


  • All Risk (including War Risk) via Air, Ocean and Truck
  • FPA (Total Loss/Catastrophic) Coverage

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Shipments of high value, and or evaluating if you are eligible to the insurance type your are seeking, ETC International Freight System will contact the insurance broker and check your eligibility.

To insurers packing matters & shippers are recommended to meet the packing standards for export.


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Packing, crating fine arts, archeological art effects or a family heirloom, call ETC International Freight System at 1-800-381-3157 or email us at

ATA Carnet


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A Carnet is an international customs document that provides duty-free customs clearance for temporary imports into foreign countries and can simplify entry by eliminating the need to post a Temporary Import Bond. Recognized in over 90 destinations, virtually all goods, whether hand carried or cargo shipped, are covered by Carnets. 

But the Carnet doesn’t only reduce costs; it also acts as a United States registration of goods and is valid on multiple trips for up to one year. It covers a broad range of merchandise including trade show booths, personal computers, satellites, industrial machinery, diagnostic equipment, jewelry, photographic and video equipment, repair tools, live animals, rare gems, vehicles and more. And there are not surprises. Carnet fees are paid prior to your departure so you know what the cost will be before you leave.

ETC Intl Freight System has provided assistance with ATA Carnet issuance since 1984. We have the resources to assist with ATA Carnet issuance in as few as 24 hours – sooner in some cases – and have service professionals that can answer your questions quickly and accurately.

Other Benefits of using a Carnet

There are other ways the Carnet can help ease the process of temporary importation, as well. Because the Carnet is valid for up to one year, users can travel to as many Carnet member countries as necessary during that period. In addition, partial and split shipments can be made. You don’t have to take all of the merchandise listed on your General List on each trip so one Carnet can cover the needs of several trips for different purposes.

Are There Countries Where I Might Not be Able to Use a Carnet?

While many countries accept Carnets, not all countries are member of the Carnet Convention. Some destinations that DO NOT ACCEPT Carnets* include:

All countries in South and Central America; the UK Virgin Islands or Tortola and Roadtown;

The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas; and the Caribbean Islands of

Anguilla, Aruba, Antigua/Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica,

Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent Grenadines,

Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

* It is possible that carnets may be accepted in these and other countries. The USCIB, however, will not guarantee their acceptance as a temporary importation. 

Below is a complete list of ATA Carnet accepting countries:


1. Algeria    34. India    66. Norway

2. Andorra    35. Iran    67. Poland

3. Australia   36. Ireland      68. Portugal

4. Austria    37. Isle of Man   69. Puerto Rico

5. Bailiwick of Guernsey  38. Israel   70. Reunion Island

6. Bale4aric Isles   39. Italy    71. Romania

7. Belarus    40. Ivory Coast   72. Russia*

8. Belgium    41. Japan   73. St. Barthelemy

9. Botswana   42. Jersey   74. St. Martin

10. Bulgaria        43. Korea      75. St. Pierre

11. Canada    44. Latvia   76. Senegal

12. Canary Islands   45. Lebanon   77. Serbia

13. Ceuta    46. Lesotho   78. Singapore

14. China    47. Liechtenstein 79. Slovakia

15. Chile    48. Lithuania   80. Slovenia

16. Corsica        49. Luxembourg   81. South Africa

17. Croatia    50. Macao   82. Spain

18. Cyprus    51. Macedonia   83. Sri Lanka

19. Czech Republic   52. Malaysia   84. Swaziland

20. Denmark      53. Malta      85. Sweden

21. Estonia    54. Martinique   86. Switzerland

22. European Union   55. Mauritius   87. Tahiti

23. Finland        56. Mayotte      88. Taiwan**

24. France    57. Melilla   89. Tasmania

25. French Guiana   58. Miquelon   90. Thailand

26. French Polynesia   59. Monaco   91. Tunisia

27. Germany   60. Mongolia   92. Turkey

28. Gibraltar   61. Morocco   93. United Kingdom

29. Greece    62. Namibia   94. United States

30. Guadeloupe   63. Netherlands   95. Wallis-Futuna Islands

31. Hong Kong   64. New Caledonia

32. Hungary    65. New Zealand

33. Iceland

Countries in italics are part of the European Union (EU).

*The U.S. Council for International Business strongly recommends certain guidelines when traveling to


**Taiwan, through a bilateral agreement with the United States, accepts TECRO/AIT Carnet

Qualifying for an ATA Carnet: And so whether you are shipping camera equipments, films to locations or air, ocean freighting to an exhibition with the intent to return the shipments, you ought to inquire with ETC International Freight System (




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