CPD the abbreviation that translates to Carnet de Passage is an international customs declaration which helps your motorbike cross the border just like your passport. It has all the details of your motorbike that allows customs to identify it.
What is it for?
We already know what is it, but what is the reason behind the Carnet?
It eases the border crossings when temporarily importing the vehicle to another country. Without the need to make a cash deposit at the border your vehicle can freely travel. It is a guarantee for the country you are importing your car/motorcycle that you will re-export it. If you wont, any taxes payable will be secured from your deposit.
To get the Carnet you need to pay the application form which differs from country to country:
It depends on your country, the best way is to check it through your country motor association (The link here with the links to all associations). Generally, there are 2 ways offered. Some countries are securing the deposit by asking you to pay the whole amount before issuing the CPD, which is usually almost the value of the motorbike.
In Others, you can apply by paying the small deposit and insurance premium.
How to use Carnet?
You should show the Carnet at the border of every country accepting it (list below). Your Carnet will have several coupons with your vehicle details on. There are two parts, smaller which always stays with you and bigger which is torn out and taken by the customs at the entry. What you should take care of is having all signatures on your small paper. Check it every time after receiving the Carnet back from the officer.
Where do I need CPD?
There are several countries where Carnet will help you:
ASIA & MIDDLE EAST
United Arab Emirates
*Yemen (Special arrangement with each issuing club)
Trinidad & Tobago
Things to remember
- CPD is the international customs declaration with all the vehicle information needed for travelling in some countries of the world.
- It is issued for a period of 12 months.
- Apply for CPD around 5 weeks before the departure. Agencies say 2-4 weeks, let’s play it safe.
- When having the CPD stamped on the entry point to the country remember to have it stamped on exit!
- https://www.carnetdepassage.org/ – Information bible
- https://www.aaa.asn.au/international-motoring/taking-my-vehicle-overseas/ – Australian website
- https://www.pzmtravel.com.pl/dokumenty-celne.html – Polish website