Originally Posted by TurboCharger
You don't need a Carnet for Europe. If anyone asks for a security deposit on entering the Eurozone its a hoax, don't pay!
(I'm on Australian plates and have entered and left Europe about 7 times without a carnet so I know the deal.)
Absolutely true that you don't need a Carnet for Europe.
It's no longer an absolute "hoax" about security deposit.
The original poster is referring specifically to vehicles entering
the Eurozone by seafreight at the German ports of Bremerhaven (or Hamburg).
Starting this past year, German Customs has apparently started to impose
a "security deposit" of 30% of vehicle value on foreign-registered vehicles,
even if the owner declares that it is a "temporary" import for tourist purposes.
The security deposit is "returnable" when leaving Germany.
The security deposit is imposed by German Customs only on seafreighted vehicles entering at Bremerhaven or Hamburg seaports.
This is a new/ recent development; and it is not clear why or on what authority German Customs is imposing this security deposit at Bremerhaven or Hamburg, but not at other entry points. For example, if you enter your personal vehicle by airfreight at Frankfurt airport, no "security deposit" is imposed; and, if enter Germany across any land border crossing, no security deposit is imposed.
No one has reported that any other Eurozone country/ sea or airport is imposing this security deposit--only German Customs at Bremerhaven and Hamburg seaports.