I did a trip from Holland to RSA on a bike and left it in Joburg for a year: I returned to Europe.
Had a Carnet thru ADAC (Germany since Holland doesn't issue carnets).
It expired and I renewed it whilst in the UK, and was told by ADAC that I'd need to get permission etc in RSA since it was there for more than 12 months.
I flew back last December to organize to ship it up.
Since I was going to air ship my bike out, I wanted to get all the paperwork in order so as not to get bounced at Customs on the way out: without me there to explain or do anything about it.
So I did a quick trip across the Botswana border and back, and sweet-talked them into stamping my old carnet out plus my new carnet on the RSA side.
And then the new carnet on the Botswana side.
Then came back and got my new one stamped in.
Was LOTS of talking but I explained exactly what I wanted to do.
I said I'd left the bike in RSA and went back blah blah blah.
Now I wanted to ship it out.
And to stop any confusions at Customs when I wasn't there to explain things I wanted to get the right stamps on the new carnet so I just had to show one and not two.
Lots of discussions and first they said no, but if you look like you are honest and just trying to solve a paperwork problem, and all it needs is a stamp then they did it for me.
They were helpful.
But they didn't have to do anything since RSA and Botswana and Namibia are all SACU countries and you don't actually need any Carnet between them and thus no stamps actually have to be put on them.
So I put my bike in a crate, with my new carnet c/w new stamp on it showing it had entered RSA just a week before, so had no problems.
But the only thing the carnet has to do is get your bike IN and OUT of a given country.
And when you return it needs a EU stamp on it to show it returned so you get your refund back.
If there are a few funny bits in between who really cares?
As long as you get your refund back and your vehicle where it needs to go problem solved.
ADAC said that if I took my bike out of SACU both before the carnet expired as well as less than 12 months in SACU it would be easiest, but I couldn't do that.
The other option was to get the RSA AA to grant permission to extend the carnet: as Neil Bird has explained.
ADAC gave me the RSA AA form: Application to substitute carnet de passage en douane.
They said it wasn't an automatic thing, only in "exceptional cases"..????
ADAC says it is not possible to do this in Namibia either.
I bet if you show up in person at the RSA AA offices and do it they will do it no probs.
Last edited by WarthogARJ; 9 Dec 2012 at 00:10.