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ATA Carnets & CPDs Work Together at Boomerang

Monday, May 3, 2021

Boomerang carnets® issues two types of international trade documents, the ATA Carnet, and the Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD).  Both allow temporary admission into foreign countries without payment of import-duty or -tax, saving the temporary importer money. 

The ATA Carnet is an internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise or goods. It allows cross border movement of those goods import-duty and -tax free into 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year.  The ATA Carnet is known as the “Merchandise Passport” for boomerang freight®. 

The CPD differs in that it is used for the temporary admission of road vehicles (private and commercial road motor vehicles) in countries where required.  The CPD is known as the “Vehicle Passport” which allows a vehicle to enter multiple countries for temporary importation without paying the import-duty and -taxes.  ATA Carnets and CPDs make clearing customs more affordable, easier, and faster.

Rivian Automotive designs and manufactures emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles. We issued both CPDs and an ATA Carnet for their R1T Electric Pickup Truck. In doing so, we became part of the television production, Long Way Up, a documentary series that follows Ewan MacGregor (yes, the actor) and Charlie Boorman around the globe on their motorcycles. Charley Boorman is the star of the show and a childhood friend of McGregor’s.  In this episode, the friends travel from the southern tip of South America up the western side of the Americas and into Canada. 

Shannon Thompson, Boomerang CPD Specialist, said, “Rivian Automotive was taking two of their prototype electric vehicles to South America to test and film.  Then Harley Davidson (another boomerang customer) decided they wanted to tag along, and they brought a couple of their electric motorcycles under CPD.  Then Long Way Round Productions decided to tag along and make a show out of it.”  Not every country along the route accepts ATAs or CPDs so Rivian and Harley used both for the long way up the Americas.

Boomerang can uniquely accommodate customers with both international customs documents. Of note, Boomerang is the first and only non-automobile association and private company to be awarded the appointment to issue CPDs.  Boomerang succeeds the Canadian Automobile Association as the issuing association for the U.S. and Canada.  We are also unique because we are the only source for ATA Carnets in two countries, the U.S., and the U.K., through our partnership with the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.  Our unique business positions will save you money and time. 

Boomerang’s Carnet Specialists and Customer Service and Sales Reps offer expert customer service.  We are here to assist you 24/7, just call the Carnet Helpline® 1-800-ATA-2900 | 1-800-282-2900 or email us.  Also, if you want to ship by cargo, Boomerang has freight forwarder partners who can deliver your carnet, as well as handle your vehicle, goods, or merchandise.