The Carnet de Passages en Douane, or CPD, is the international customs document which covers the temporary admission of motor vehicles to the territory of a state. The Carnet constitutes an international guarantee for payment of customs duties and taxes to a government should your vehicle not be re-exported from that country. The Carnet allows travellers to temporarily import their vehicles without having to leave a cash deposit at the border.
The CPD is still required today in numerous countries around the world for the temporary admission of private automobiles, commercial vehicles or other categories of motor vehicles.
The CPD is used within the framework of the United Nations Customs Conventions of 1954 and 1956, which cover, respectively, the temporary importation of private and commercial road vehicles. The CPD also forms part of the 1990 Istanbul Convention, administered by the World Customs Organization. Under these international conventions, the CPD facilitates the temporary importation of motor vehicles by providing security for the payment of any customs duties and import taxes chargeable should the vehicles not be re-exported. Persons who temporarily import their vehicles into countries where Carnets are required must agree to obey the laws and regulations of that country and particularly the conditions of temporary importation.
The AIT and FIA clubs and associations play a major role in the international application of the CPD system. These associations guarantee and issue CPDs within the well-defined parameters of the AIT/FIA customs documents network.
How can you obtain a Carnet de Passages en Douane?
For more information on how to obtain a CPD, please contact your national automobile association or touring club. The list is available here.
For general information concerning CPDs, please download the brochure available here.