Carnet De Passages En Douane (CPD)

The Carnet De Passages En Douane (CPD) is the international customs document which covers the temporary admission of vehicles and is usually valid for one year. It is still required today in numerous countries around the world for the temporary admission of private automobiles, commercial vehicles or other categories of motor vehicles.

The CPD provides the assurance that the vehicle it accompanies is covered by an internationally valid guarantee. The period of temporary importation is fixed by the laws or regulations of the country visited.

The CPD system eliminates the need for cash deposit and reimbursement formalities as well as national temporary importation documents. It also helps to ensure that travellers and their vehicles can cross national borders with greater ease, fewer formalities, and without on-the-spot payment of additional fees or guarantees.

Issuing and Guaranteeing Authority - AA Singapore (AA)

  • AA, as part of the FIA customs documents network, is authorised to issue and guarantee CPDs as a guaranteeing association. The FIA is an international non-governmental organisation comprising 143 member associations in 102 countries around the world.
  • As the guaranteeing association, AA fulfils the role of guaranteeing the CPD. AA will endorse the CPD when the holder produces the document at our office upon the arrival and departure of the vehicle.
  • AA must undertake to pay to its customs authorities the import duties and taxes levied by those authorities due to the non re-exportation of a vehicle temporarily imported under the cover of the CPD.

Where is CPD required?

AFRICA
ASIA & MIDDLE EAST
AMERICA

Bophuthatswana
Botswana
Burundi
Egypt
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
*Mauritania
Namibia
*Senegal
*Somalia
South Africa
Swaziland
*Tanzania
*Togo
*Uganda
Zimbabwe

Bangladesh
India
Indonesia
Iran
*Iraq
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Malaysia
*Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Syria
United Arab Emirates
*Yemen (Special arrangement with each issuing club)

OCEANIA
Australia
New Zealand

Argentina Canada
Chile
Colombia
*Jamaica
Paraguay
Peru
Trinidad & Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela

*There is no AIT/FIA guarantor association in these countries

Note:
1. This list may be subject to change due to adjustments in border procedures or customs formalities.
2. Certain countries may accept the CPD even though they fall outside the AIT/FIA customs documents network.
3. Countries may appear in this list but not on the CPD cover, notably those in which there is no AIT/FIA guarantor association.
4. In certain countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central & South America, the CPD is not officially required, but is sometimes used to facilitate temporary importation.
5. Europe: CPD is not required for private or commercial vehicles.
6. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece: CPD used only for special categories of vehicles like racing cars, ambulances, etc.
7. Turkey: CPD is useful for buses, radio/TV vehicles, and breakdown vehicles. The CPD is accepted but a local document may be purchased at the border in place of a Carnet.
Precise information is unavailable to AIT/FIA Customs Department with respect to temporary importation requirements in Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Burma (Myanmar), China, Iraq, Surinam.

Advance permission is required for Gambia, Guinea, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Oman.

A written undertaking is required for Algeria, Malawi, Nigeria (Form 45 issued free), Togo (bank guarantee + advance permission if arriving by sea), Philippines, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican, Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama.

Deposit of duty is requested in Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali,Seychelles, Sudan (bank guarantee + advance permission), Uganda, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Brazil, Guyana, Cuba, El Salvador.

Permit issued on entry in Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Application of Carnet De Passages En Douane

Eligibility of CPD Applicant

  • The vehicle must only be used for touring purposes while visiting a foreign country (i.e. temporary importation to another country).
  • Vehicle must be a Singapore-registered private passenger car or motorcycle.
  • Vehicle must be re-exported to Singapore before the expiry date of the Carnet.

Application Procedures

The CPD can be applied at:

AA Singapore Head Office

  • AA @ GB Point, 535, Kallang Bahru #01-08 GB Point Singapore 339351

Please email us at customer.service@aas.com.sg to make appointment for the application. 

To apply for a CPD, you need to produce:

  • Carnet application form
  • Original NRIC of owner
  • Original Singapore driving license of owner
  • Vehicle registration details
  • Valid insurance covering the entire period
  • Valid road tax covering the entire period
  • Cash deposit or Banker's Guarantee from any local bank
  • Bill of Lading (if shipping vehicle out of Singapore)
  • Administration fee of $214.00 (inclusive of GST)
  • Photograph of the vehicle

The CPD takes 21 working days to be processed. Failure to submit all relevant documents will result in longer processing time.

Validity of Carnet De Passages En Douane

The CPD is valid for one year from date of issue or expiry date of vehicle insurance and road tax, whichever is earlier.

  • Third party insurance coverage for Malaysia and within 50 miles of the border between Thailand and Malaysia can be obtained from AA. For other countries, insurance coverage is obtainable from the insurance houses in the respective countries.
  • If you wish to extend the CPD, you may request through the guaranteeing association in the country you are visiting. The guaranteeing association will transmit this request to its customs authorities and complete the necessary procedures. AA Singapore may authorise the extension of validity for not more than 3 months.

Cash Deposit or Banker's Guarantee Amount

 Amount of Deposit / BG
Private Car$30,000 
Motorcycle$5,000

Loss of Carnet De Passages En Douane

If a CPD is lost or stolen abroad while the vehicle is abroad, a replacement CPD may be delivered by AA Singapore. The validity date of a replacement CPD must be the same as that of the original CPD. An admin fee of $214 is applicable.

Guaranteeing of Carnet De Passages En Douane

Guaranteeing Procedures (Endorsement of foreign CPD coming into Singapore)

  • The CPD holder is required to visit AA Singapore Head Office, GB Point, Level 1 for endorsement at least 1 working day before arrival of the vehicle and on the day of departure of his vehicle. Please note that endorsement can only be done on Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

International Circulation Permit (ICP)

For a foreign vehicle to be driven in Singapore, an International Circulation Permit (ICP) is needed.

Please note that endorsement of carnet is only available on Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm at AA Singapore (GB Point at Kallang Bahru).

An ICP is:

  • issued on the spot
  • valid for a maximum of 90 days from the date of issue
  • invalid once the vehicle leaves Singapore and you are required to apply for an ICP prior to your vehicle's return to Singapore.

To apply for an ICP, you will need to produce:

  • A valid AIT Carnet De Passages En Douane
  • Vehicle registration card
  • An image of the vehicle
  • Bill of Lading (Ship) / Airway Bill (Air)
  • Passport of CPD holder
  • Driving licence of CPD holder
  • International Driving Permit and
  • Valid local third party insurance coverage.

Applicant will bear the cost of $53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) for administration fee.

Important note:

  • It is a requirement to have insurance coverage from our local insurer. Insurance from companies outside of Singapore will not be accepted.
  • The third party insurance coverage for Singapore can be obtained from AA Singapore.

Download ICP Application Form

Important Reminders for CPD and ICP

  • The CPD has to be endorsed by the Singapore Customs at BOTH Customs Entry and Exit Points in Singapore. Failure to do either would constitute an offence and the CPD holder would be liable for a fine imposed for the non-compliance under Customs Act Cap 70 Section 27(1).
  • Endorsement of CPD is available only from Monday to Friday.
  • Driving without the ICP in Singapore is considered a serious traffic violation and offenders may be heavily fined by the Land Transport Authority (traffic authorities).
  • The CPD holder must leave Singapore before the expiry date of the ICP, i.e. at the latest within 90 days from the date of importation, or up to the expiry of the vehicle's insurance, whichever is earlier.
  • CPD holder will only be allowed to re-enter Singapore using the same CPD if the dates fall within 90 days. 
  • If you do not intend to drive your vehicle, but will be towing it instead. Please visit the Singapore Customs to apply for a Temporary Import Permit (TIP).

Singapore Customs
55 Newton Road #10-01
Revenue House
Singapore 307987
Tel: (065) 6355 2000
Fax: (065) 6250 8663

For more information on the TIP, please click here.

FAQ on CPD Endorsement

1. I will be driving a camper van from Malaysia into Singapore. What do I need to submit in order to be able to drive in Singapore?
A. Camper, Motorhome or Caravan trailers are not allowed to be driven into Singapore. Other vehicles that are not allowed includes armoured vehicle, mini bus with cooking facilities.

2. What are the options available if I need to ship the (restricted) vehicles out of the country?
A. The restricted vehicle must be towed from the Causeway to the port. You may arrange for your own towing services or engage AA Singapore to provide the towing services with a charge. For information on the towing charges, please email the following details to aasmail@aas.com.sg.

  • Name of the shipping agent and contact number:
  • Expected arrival date of the vehicle
  • Make and model of the vehicle
  • Capacity of the vehicle
  • A photograph of the vehicle
  • Arrival site and destination

3. It is only a short distance from the Checkpoint to the Port. Can allowance be made?
A. This is a regulation made by the by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore. Such vehicles are not allowed to be driven on Singapore road due to safety and security reasons.

4. I am going to drive a foreign saloon vehicle in Singapore. What do I need to do?
A. Vehicle is coming into Singapore by land
If you intent to drive your vehicle from via Woodlands or Tuas checkpoints into Singapore, you will need to have a local insurance covering the touring period and purchase the International Circulation Permit (ICP). A fee of $53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable for the ICP.

Before your vehicle arrives in Singapore, please email to customer.service@aas.com.sg  at least three working days in advance to arrange appointment on purchase of insurance and inwards endorsement of your Carnet at 535 Kallang Bahru GB Point Singapore 339351.

Please complete this ICP Application Form together wiith the following documents.

  • A copy of AIT Carnet de Passage en Douane document
  • A copy of Passport of the AIT Carnet de Passage en Douane holder
  • A copy of driving licence
  • A copy of International driving permit
  • A copy of Vehicle Registration card (if it is in a language other than English, an English translation is required)
  • Insurance Certificate if you have bought the motor insurance bought from a Singapore-based insurance company covering your vehicle’s stay in Singapore.

You are required to bring the following actual documents when you visit AA Singapore for your application of ICP and endorsement on the day of appointment.

Please note that endorsement of carnet is only available on Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm at AA Singapore (GB Point at Kallang Bahru).

Thereafter, you can purchase an Autopass card at the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) / Toll office at Woodlands or Tuas checkpoint upon your entry. Alternatively, you can visit Land Transport Authority , Customer Service Centre, 10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701, open 8am to 4.30pm (Monday - Friday), 8am to 12 noon (Saturday).

You are require to produce the following documents:

  • ICP
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (if it is in language other than English, an English translation is required)
  • Insurance Certificate (motor insurance bought from a Singapore-based insurance company covering your vehicle’s stay in Singapore. Motorists departing from and re-entering West Malaysia by land will also have to purchase insurance covering the period of stay in Malaysia).

See vehicle entry permit fee and toll charges.
http://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/roads-and-motoring/driving-in-and-out-of-singapore/vehicle-entry-permit-vep-fees-and-toll-charge.html

Reminder: Singapore Customs advised vehicle with carnet must show the carnet at the checkpoint so that the Singapore Customs can endorse on the importation counterfoil of your carnet. It is an offence that there is no endorsement on carnet.

Note that each ICP is only valid for a temporary stay in Singapore. When you bring your vehicle out of Singapore, the ICP will be no longer valid. ICP is for per entry use only. You will need to apply for a new ICP for your next trip.

Vehicle is coming into Singapore by Air/Sea
If your vehicle comes into Singapore either by air or sea, you are required to bring the following documents when you visit AA Singapore for your application of ICP and endorsement upon the arrival of your vehicle to Singapore’s shore. A fee of $53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable for the ICP.

  • AIT Carnet de Passage en Douane document
  • Passport of the AIT Carnet de Passage en Douane holder
  • A copy of driving licence
  • International driving permit
  • Vehicle Registration card (if it is in a language other than English, an English translation is required)
  • Bill of lading – Shipping agent in Singapore
  • Insurance Certificate (motor insurance bought from a Singapore-based insurance company covering your vehicle’s stay in Singapore.)

If you would like to obtain the motor insurance via AA Singapore, please email to aasmail@aas.com.sg with the following details at least 3 working days in advance before the arrival of the vehicle.

  • Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Passport of owner
  • Copy of carnet (front and inside copies)

After you have obtained the ICP, you will need to visit LTA with the following documents for the purchase of Autopass card before driving your vehicle out of the port.

Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Customer Service Centre
10 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575701

Opening hours:
8am to 4.30pm (Monday - Friday)
8am to 12 noon (Saturday)

  • International Circulation Permit (ICP)
  • Vehicle Insurance Certificate (motor insurance bought from a Singapore-based insurance company covering your vehicle’s stay in Singapore)
  • Customs Inward Permit
  • Bill of lading
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (If it is in a language other than English, an English translation is required)
  • Passport

5. What is the maximum term to apply for ICP?
A. As carnet allows the vehicle to stay up to a period of 90 days in Singapore, the maximum period for ICP term is 90 days (subject to the validity of carnet and insurance). However, vehicle that stays more than 14 days in Singapore, you are required to apply for extension before the 14 days at LTA.

6. Must I come in person for endorsement of Carnet?
A. You can authorise your agent in Singapore to process the documents for you. However, you need to ensure that the application for the ICP is duly completed, accurate and signed if the vehicle will be driven on Singapore road.

7. What should I do when I am leaving the country?
A. Vehicle is leaving Singapore by Land
You must visit AA Singapore with your original CPD within three (3) working days prior your departure date to get the exportation endorsement.
You are recommended to go out via the cargo lane at the checkpoint so that the Singapore Customs can endorse on the importation counterfoil of your carnet. You must ensure that the Singapore Customs endorse on the counterfoil and they retain the outward declaration vouchers. It is an offence that there is no endorsement on carnet.

Vehicle is leaving Singapore by Air/Sea
Your shipping agent must provide AA Singapore with the bill of lading after the vessel departs from Singapore port.
You must ensure that the Singapore Customs endorse on the counterfoil and they retain the outward declaration vouchers.

8. Can I have both endorsements (inwards/outwards) done at the same time?
A. If the outwards exportation of vehicle is within 5 working days from the date of importation, both endorsements can be done at the same time.

9. What happen if my agent did not give the carnet to the Singapore Customs for endorsement on the counterfoil while handles my vehicle outwards shipment?
A. Singapore Customs will notify AA Singapore who will in turn inform your carnet issuer (which is your local Automobile Club). Your club will inform you to produce the evidence on exportation of your vehicle. Failure to do so, your club shall have the right to forfeit your guarantee deposit that you have placed with them earlier to pay for the imposition fine by Singapore Customs.

10. What is the different between the ATA and AIT Carnet?
A. AIT Carnet is for vehicle that will be imported from overseas temporarily for touring purpose.
ATA Carnet covers commercial samples, professional equipment, and good for presentation of use at trade fair, shows and exhibitions.

11. I have an ATA Carnet instead of the FIA/AIT Carnet. What should I do?
A. You can visit the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) at 6 Raffles #10-01 Singapore 048580, Telephone (Main Line) 6500 0988, Fax 6224 2785.

12. I will be driving a left hand drive vehicle into Singapore. Is there any other special requirement or approval require?
A. Vehicles with left hand drive are required to display prominently at the rear right side of the vehicle (at least 1 meter high). The displayed label must show the words “LEFT-HAND-DRIVE”.

The left hand drive label must meet the following requirements:
Colour scheme : Red letters and figures on white background
Material : Retro-reflective surface
Size of the letters and figures : at least 75mm high
The sign can be purchased / made in most signage craft shop.

13. Is it a must to purchase the insurance from AA Singapore? Can I source for my own insurance?
A. You may purchase your own insurance from other sources other than AA Singapore. However, you must ensure that all documents are ready upon importation of the vehicles and before the vehicle is been driven on Singapore roads.