The so-called “Carnet de Passages en Douane” (CPD) or simply “Carnet” allows travelers to temporarily import their motor vehicles and trailers without having to leave a cash deposit at the border. It is an international guarantee for payment of customs expenses to a government should the vehicle not be re-exported from that country.
We just got it issued by the Austrian Automobile Association named ÖAMTC. We need that, as we’ll be touring to Africa. It is in general strictly required for countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East. Therefore we also had it when we started Herbie’s World Tour in 2009. The “Carnet” is valid for not more than one year.