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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a carnet?

A carnet (pronounced car-nay) is a merchandise passport used for temporary importation of goods into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and value-added taxes (VAT) or the posting of a security deposit normally required at the time of importation.

What Merchandise is covered by a carnet?

Virtually all goods, including commercial samples, professional equipment, and items for trade shows and exhibitions, including display booths.
Ordinary goods such as computers, tools, cameras and video equipment, industrial machinery, gems and jewelry, and wearing apparel. Motorcycles and automobiles for professional use are covered by carnets. If you need a carnet for an automobile or motorcycle for personal use please visit:
Carnets DO NOT cover: consumable or disposable goods (e.g., food and agriculture products) giveaways, or postal traffic.

What are the advantages of using a carnet?

Reduces costs to the exporter. Eliminates value-added taxes, duties and the posting of security normally required at the time of importation. No need to register goods when departing the United States.

Unlimited reuse for all products listed on the carnet for up to one year.

Facilitates re-entry into the US - even when used for trips to non-carnet countries.

Simplifies customs procedure - exporter needs only one document for all customs transactions.

How long does it take to get a carnet?

Standard turn around is 2 business days. Expedited services are available as well as same day service. Please contact us to see if same day service is available in your area.