So now I have to plan on getting through the border with some equipment! No way am I going commando! I need some papers! So I called up Canada Business and within seconds had an answer… pretty efficient I must say! I was redirected towards the Chamber of Commerce to look for an ATA Carnet. Here’s a quick link to the pdf application form in French and in English. This ought to save you some time! First of, you need to have your business registered. Then, the idea is that you get the ATA Carnet (which stands for Admission Temporaire / Temporary Admission) which will allow you to go through the border legally with your gear. Then, when planning the trip, you’ll need to fill out a form, methodically registering every single piece of equipment you’ll be bringing along on that specific trip, so when you get to the border, they can inspect it all thoroughly!
Of course, all of this doesn’t come for free, you need to pay according to the value you plan to bring through the border and then you have to pay some more to get the legal forms. It’s a hassle, but if you’re a Canadian, you should be used to it by now! I still have no clue as to the delays to get that ATA Carnet, but I’ll have a follow up post with further details.
I called the chamber of commerce and again got great service. They emailed me all the documentation necessary to complete my request for the ATA Carnet. I was told that there is usually a 3 days delay for the delievery of the Carnet. I believe there is a rush option, but I’m not in such a rush! But you have to list everything you wanna bring precisely with serial number, weight and price! Now that’s definitely not how I intended to spend my afternoon!