Monthly Archives: March 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Managing Your Exhibit Properties Online

Did you know Legacy offers an exhibit inventory management program which allows you to manage all of your tradeshow properties stored at Legacy? This is a powerful collaborative system with access 24/7 from anywhere that allows you to organize your trade show schedules, properties, costs and other records; check on inventory availability; access historical information; meet multiple deadlines; track costs; order up shipments, etc.

You can include full descriptions and photos of each item in your current inventory. You can request Legacy to pull booth properties for shipping or inspection.

You can track all of your properties and the events they are currently being used at as well as events they may be scheduled for in the future. This eliminates the risk of the same properties being pulled for events occurring in the same time frame.

This software can be used as a tradeshow calendar with notifications to remind you of important show deadlines and shipping dates. You can place your shipping orders directly through this system. You can also use it as a budget tool to track your tradeshow spending.

Ask your account rep or customer service rep if you’d like more info, or contact us.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Do you need an ATA Carnet for your shipment?

Commonly referred to as “A Passport for your Merchandise” a Carnet, or ATA Carnet, is an international customs document that enables the temporary import of goods to countries outside the U.S. without payment of duty and tax. Over 80 countries around the world are members of the ATA Council and recognize this instrument for import/export purposes. It is used to avoid paying high duties and import taxes, which can exceed 20 or even 30% on permanently imported goods.

A Carnet is generally valid for one year from its date of issuance and your goods must exit the country within that 12 month period. They must be signed back into U.S. Customs before the Carnet expires. There are cases where a Carnet can be extended, but if you have not applied for an extension and the Carnet expires before your goods have returned, a fine may be levied. 

Virtually all types of goods and equipment can be transported under the ATA Carnet and they are typically used for tradeshows and special events where goods and equipment are not being sold or permanently imported. One important benefit for the use of a Carnet is that you can hold a private event anywhere within a country — such as a customer site or a resort — and not be limited to a tradeshow venue. You would not list any giveaway items or products you are selling that you know will not return to the USA.

Another example:  a mobile exhibit tour going to Canada requires a Carnet to cross the border – all equipment in the trailer is documented. The driver will stop at a U.S. Customs office on the U.S. side of the border and have the Carnet (the declared goods) stamped out of the United States. He then drives into Canada, immediately stops at the Canadian Customs office just inside their border and has the document (declared goods) signed into Canada. These signatures are placed on “counterfoils” which are presented each time a Carnet enters and leaves a given country. The process is reversed when returning to the USA with the mobile exhibit. 

Additional counterfoils can be purchased from the Council Offices depending on the number of times/countries you expect your products to travel to in the 1 year period. If Legacy is handling transport of your goods or the mobile exhibit tour, we can arrange for the Carnet.

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