ATA CARNET Printing Problem Solved With PrintSampler™

Success story – Optimizing the Processing of International Customs Documents

Optimized printing of ata carnets
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Optimized Printing of ATA Carnet

MPI Tech was contacted by HP Inc (UK) Ltd to solve an issue at one of their large corporate customers, a major Logistics company. An extremely large quantity of ATA carnet is to be printed for temporary exports. a

The ATA Carnet, often referred to as the “Passport for goods”, is an international customs document that permits the tax-free and duty-free temporary export and import of non-perishable goods. It includes unified customs declaration forms which are prepared and ready to use at every border crossing point. It is a globally accepted guarantee for customs duties and taxes which can replace the security deposit required by each customs authority.


“The ATA Carnet, commonly known as the ‘goods passport’ or ‘passport for goods’, is a unified customs document used by over 79 countries and territories. The initials ATA are an acronym of the French and English words Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission.”

– United States Council for International Business


The ATA carnet requires printing from 8 different trays, with 4 colors in multiple weight papers. An ATA Carnet is generated by the London Chamber of Commerce in a PDF file that can contain any number of pages between 50 and 600.

Within a single PDF Carnet, there is a mix of different colored sheets and cards depending on the section of the document. The first page has to be printed in color with the signature in a different color to the text.

The Chamber provides a header index to help the user collate the colored paper and card sheets in the correct order, reload the paper tray, and press print for each color and weight. The printer often jams because paper with different weights is mixed through the rollers. For larger Carnets, it is typical for the operator to print each page range and manually change the paper tray.

For an ATA Carnet of around 450 pages, it originally took the user about an hour to complete the task. They print up to 35 carnets in a day. HP and the customer were looking for a solution to speed up printing time and ease the workload.

Ata carnet printing with printsampler
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Proposed solution:

MPI Tech delivered the PrintSampler software to drive two printers. It delivered great improvements and reduced the overall printing time commitment by 75%.

With PrintSampler the digital version of the Carnet is automatically indexed and split into multiple print jobs using present criteria.

Based on the indexing PrintSampler routes output to the relevant printer trays. Print Sampler also automatically forces color or B/W for cost savings. Now it just remains for the user is to click on File, then Print. As simple as that.

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