The Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD or Carnet) is an international customs document which allows the temporary admission of motor vehicles into countries that require it. The CPD is a guarantee for payment of customs duties and taxes to a government should your vehicle not be re-exported from that country within a specified time frame. The CPD allows travellers to temporarily import their vehicles without having to leave a cash deposit at the border.

Canadians can obtain a CPD from:

Boomerang Carnets

Corporation for International Business (CIB)
325 North Hough Street, 2nd Floor
Barrington, IL 60010 USA

Carnet HelpLine 1-800-282-2900
Mobile Carnet HelpLine 1-847-638-8325
Fax: 1-847-381-3857

Note about Boomerang – Motivated by business interests, their info about countries requiring a CPD is not accurate.

Email from Boomerang confirms carnets may be obtained while in transit. They are valid for one year. They may be renewed for up toΒ  4 times for a total of 5 years.


Countries that DO NOT require a Carnet:

All countries in North, Central, and South America.

All European countries

Countries that sometimes require a Carnet

Japan – Unless arriving by ferry with the vehicle from South Korea or Russia.

New Zealand – a temporary permit can be obtained upon entry

Turkey – a local document may be purchased at the border in the place of a carnet

Countries that REQUIRE a Carnet

Australia – no longer offer temporary import permits upon entry. Carnet IS required.

Note: List is incomplete and will be adjusted as information is obtained. It may not be up to date due to changes in customs formalities or border procedures.

This page was last updated on 2021.03.12 by Robert Vinet