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CARNET DE PASSAGES EN DOUANE

What is a Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD)?

The Carnet de Passages en Douane, or CPD (often called “a trip ticket” in the Middle East) is a customs facilitation document used to cover the temporary importation of road motor vehicles, whether it is driven or shipped to another country.

A CPD is a globally insured customs guarantee document confirming that customs duties and taxes will be paid in case the vehicle does not return to the country of registration. It means a CPD holder will not be required to pay customs guarantee deposit in the country where the vehicle is brought on a temporary importation basis.

If you don’t have a CPD, you will have to pay customs guarantee deposit in the foreign country and it takes weeks or months until such deposit is returned.

The authentic CPD (or “trip ticket”) can only be issued by members of the Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT) and Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in strict accordance with the terms of the United Nations Customs Convention of 1954 and 1956.

The AIT & FIA network has over 230 affiliated associations operating in 124 countries around the world. All CPD-issuing members are approved by the customs authorities of their countries and AIT/FIA CPDs guarantee uninterrupted border crossing.

CPDs issued by organisations outside of the AIT/FIA network (fake CPDs) are often subject to rejection by customs as they do not have money to guarantee payment of customs duties for all CPDs they issue. Fake CPDs do not have global insurance coverage and there is no provision for renewal or in case a CPD is lost or stolen.

Why do I need a Carnet de Passages “CPD” (Trip Ticket)?

The AIT/FIA CPD (Trip Ticket) is an international document accepted by customs worldwide. The AIT/FIA members, who are the only ones authorized to issue the CPD (Trip Ticket), act as guarantors and are committed to pay the customs duties if this vehicle does not return to the country of permanent registration after the expiry period of a CPD (Trip Ticket).

Once the CPD has been used and is no longer needed, before its expiry date, the vehicle owner can return it back to the CPD-issuing organization in the country of vehicle registration. At the same time he will be refunded the guarantee deposit he paid when the CPD (Trip Ticket) was issued.