October 25, 2019
CPD Carnet

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Carnet de passages en douane (CPDs)

The Carnet de Passages en Douane, or CPD, is the international customs document that 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 travelers 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.

Legal background

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. 


The Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (AIT) and Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (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.


The CPD is not required in Europe for private or commercial vehicles. In Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Greece, the CPD is used only for special categories of vehicles such as racing cars, ambulances, etc. In Turkey, the CPD is accepted, but a local document may be purchased at the border in the place of a carnet. The CPD is useful in Turkey for buses, radio/TV vehicles and breakdown vehicles.


The explanation is based on AIT information.