Carnet de passages CPD

Photo, 2013 Travelbird

In case you are interested in an extra-European trip that includes the temporary import of a private vehicle, you will need to purchase the Carnet de Passages en Douane; that is, the so-called CPD, an international customs document.

The CPD makes it possible to import the private and commercial vehicle TEMPORARILY, duty free. Thanks to it, you will not have to deposit the amount of the corresponding customs duties to the host country.

Here is the list of countries in which the CPD is required:

Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritania, Namibia, South African Republic, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Yemen.

Australia, New Zealand.

Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The photo above shows the countries in which the Carnet is mandatory in orange; in yellow, those in which it is warmly recommended; in gray the countries in which it is not required.


The CPD must be requested at the Provincial ACI branches. It costs 250,00 €, but for the members of Automobil Club Italia there is a reduction of well 100,00 €.

The validity period of the CPD depends on the individual hosted country and is set by internal legislation and regulations.

It consists of a series of pages in A4 format. Each one consists of a detachable entry and exit receipt, and a matrix which, on the other hand, is not separable. On each receipt there are the vehicle data, complete data of the carnet holder, the name of the association that issues it and the expiry date of the document.

At each entry and exit from the country, the customs official will detach and hold the receipt, affixing a stamp on the receipt.

The Carnet is valid for one year from the moment of actual release.

All the info, updates and documents necessary to present, they are available from here, on the official website of the ACI.