Common Confusion When Using a CPD
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Common Confusion When Using a CPD

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

One of the most common misconceptions when using a Carnet de Passage en Douane, The Vehicle Passport, is that it serves as an export document from the United States and must be presented at the time of export. Unlike the ATA Carnet*, the Carnet de Passage does not need to be presented at the time the vehicle is temporarily exported from the U.S. This has an advantage and a disadvantage.

Advantage

The advantage is that the document can easily be obtained or renewed while traveling abroad with no requirement to present it along with the vehicle to U.S. Customs.

Disadvantage

The disadvantage is that alternate export documents must be used in lieu of the Carnet de Passage (CPD) which makes the process slightly more complex than it would be if the CPD was an accepted export document for vehicles.

Moral

The moral of the story is, "Not all carnets are created equal." And when using a carnet for customs clearance of a motor vehicle, consult with a Carnet Specialist. The rules differ country-to-country and the cost of an ATA Carnet vs. a CPD are very different.

*a.k.a. The Merchandise Passport