A Carnet is an international Customs document that allows specific goods to be transported in and out of foreign partner countries without having to pay duties or taxes. Carnets are valid for one year and can be used for any number of visits in member countries.
The Application Process
- The General List – An itemized list of all goods covered by the Carnet. Complete this form carefully to ensure entry/exit from foreign partner countries. Each item must be accurately described and include the stated value. Include serial/model numbers whenever available. If the General List exceeds one page, additional fees will apply.
- Completing the Carnet Application – Defines who the Carnet holder is and includes general shipping information. This helps determine how many counterfoil/voucher and transit sheets will be needed.
- Calculating the Processing Fee – Determined by the total shipment value. Other fees may be incurred for expedited service or additional documents.
- Security Requirements – Before issuance, each applicant must post security with the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) at 40% of the total item value on the General List. The simplest way to provide security is through a surety bond, which Avalon can process with the Carnet application.