Hi Juie, I'm in the process of buying my third carnet. I purchased one from ADAC (German auto club) several years ago but was told they no longer issue to non-Germans. I am dealing once again with the CAA- Canadian auto club- I will let you know the particulars when I find out. They have a new system that MAY require a lesser cash deposit- last time I had to give them 5,700CAD. The price of a carnet DOES vary by countries visited. It is usually valid for 1 year but can be extended/adjusted for an additional year. Be clear about the countries you intend to visit. When you receive your carnet, make sure the countries you plan to visit haven't been crossed off- this happened to me in a country in Africa! I hope you have better luck with a NZ or OZ auto club! H. More info:
How to Obtain one
You can obtain an application by either contacting CAA National office to have an application mailed to you, or by printing the application (see below)
Submit the completed application form, along with the following attachments:
• two photographs of the vehicle
• two signed photographs of the applicant
• a copy of both sides of the vehicle registration document
• the carnet fee and cash deposit
The fees and deposit must be in Canadian funds. They are:
• Fee: $450.00 CDN ($400.00 CDN if you are a AAA member)
• Deposit: $300.00 CDN (to be used for such expenses as couriers. The unused balance is returned once the discharged Carnet is returned to the CAA)
• Visa and Mastercard accepted.
Each carnet application must be accompanied by the non-refundable issuing fee of $400.00 or $450.00. As soon as CAA embarks on the processing of a carnet application, the work performed is the same, whether the carnet is issued, or whether the application is cancelled prior to issuing taking place. For this reason, issuing fee is not refundable.
In addition to the Carnet fee and deposit, CAA requires a financial guarantee, sufficient for CAA to meet any claims that could be made by a foreign government for customs duties and taxes. These duties and taxes can be levied against a vehicle when it is temporarily imported into a country under cover of a Carnet de Passages, but is not removed or exported. This financial protection is provided to CAA by the holder of the Carnet in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit, a certified cheque or a money order. This financial guarantee is held by CAA in a non-interest bearing account until such time as the used Carnet is returned to CAA.
Amount of Guarantee
CAA calculates the amount of the financial guarantee using the value of the vehicle and the maximum amount of duties and taxes that could be claimed by the countries to be visited. Permanent importation duty & tax rates may vary from 0% to over 300%, depending on the country visited, the vehicle, and its equipment.
The Carnet, when properly discharged, will have an entry and exit stamp for every foreign country visited. The Certificate of Location located at the back of the Carnet must be endorsed by US customs, upon your return, proving to CAA that the vehicle is back in the USA. When the properly discharged Carnet is received, CAA will release the financial guarantee and the balance of the cash deposit.
There are many steps involved in the process of issuing a Carnet and it can take up to a month to finalize, but CAA will help and guide you through the process.
If you have any questions, please call International Documentation Services at CAA National office (613) 247-0117, ext.: 2025.
Please print, complete and mail the application, along with the attachments mentioned above, to:
CAA National Office
c/o International Documentation Services
1145 Hunt Club Road
Finally, as a reminder!
Dear Mr. Petersen:
Can you please list all of the countries individually you might be travelling through in Western/Southern, East Africa and in Asia.
I would never want to make a mistake and accidentally leave out a country.
Suzanne Danis (Mrs.)
Canadian Automobile Association
International Documentation Specialist
1145 Hunt Club Road
Ottawa ON K1V 0Y3 Canada
Tel: 1 613 247 0117 x 2025
Fax: 1 613 247 0118
Carnet de Passages en Douane - Cost Calculator Email
The following is an estimated cost of your guarantee. Please note that final costs will be determined by CAA after a complete review of the application.
(Highest Priced Country for this Option: India)
CAA Fees Indemnity Option Fee (incl taxes) Total Returned on Discharge Net Cost
$550.00 $2,360.00 $2,910.00 $1,138.70 $1,771.30
(Highest Priced Country for this Option: Iran)
CAA Fees Guarantee
Bank Fees Total Returned
on Discharge Net Cost
$550.00 $10,000.00 $2,000.00 $12,550.00 $10,000.00 $2,550.00