Car Shipping to India on CPD – Carnet de Passage

Car Shipping to India on CPD – Carnet de Passage

  • August 22, 2023
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Car shipping to India comprises of two types;

  1. Car shipping to India on CPD (Carnet de Passage) – Temporary Export
  2. Car shipping to India for permanent relocation

In this blog, we’ll discuss the requirements for temporary car shipments to India on Dubai plates.

A CPD or commonly known as “trip-ticket” in UAE is an international customs document that allows the temporary importation of a vehicle into a foreign country without having to pay customs duties or taxes. It serves as a guarantee to the foreign customs authorities that the vehicle will be re-exported within a specified period of time. The carnet de passage contains information about the vehicle and its owner, and it is typically used by travelers who are driving their own vehicles across international borders.

How can one obtain a Carnet de Passage in UAE?

Contact an authorized issuing organization: In the UAE, the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) is the authorized organization for issuing carnets de passage. We recommend you to reach out to them for further information and assistance on issuance of Carnet de Passage directly.

Required Documents for Issuing a Carnet de Passage (CPD)

Generally, the following documents are required to obtain a carnet de passage:

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Emirates ID
  • Valid UAE residency
  • Valid Driving License
  • Vehicle registration documents (Mulkiya)
  • Valid UAE insurance documents
  • Valid UAE bank account and cheque book (for security cheque)

Deposit for Issuing the Carnet de Passage (CPD)

The deposit amount for obtaining a carnet de passage can vary depending on the value of the vehicle. It is typically a percentage of the vehicle’s value and serves as a security deposit. The exact amount can be obtained from the ATCUAE, the issuing authority. However, you’ll need to keep a certain amount in cash as well as a security cheque which are both fully refundable upon return of the Carnet de Passage (CPD).

Major Service Ports in India

Freight My Car offers the shipping service to two major ports in India i.e., Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai and Cochin/Kochi port in Chennai.

Costs of Car Shipping to India on Carnet de Passage (CPD)

The costs associated with shipping a car on Carnet de Passage to India can vary depending on several factors such as the size and number of vehicle(s), shipping route, and additional services required. However, an estimated cost of AED 14,500 per car would be sufficient to only ship from Jebel Ali and clear the vehicle in Mumbai/Cochin sea ports which includes all formalities from pickup within Dubai, loading in the container, customs clearance with inspection in UAE, freight, unloading and customs clearance with inspection in India. Door delivery is also possible at an additional cost depending on the delivery location.

Who can apply for Carnet de Passage (CPD)?

First and foremost, you need to have residence visa in India to be eligible for the CPD application, people from outside UAE without a valid residency are not eligible for CPD. Moreover, the car you require to transport should be free of any mortgage/auto loan as these vehicles cannot ship outside UAE.

Car Shipping to India on Carnet de Passage (CPD)

Car shipping to India is somewhere Freight My Car’s team excels at! We’re well versed of the full process from start to finish after we receive your vehicle and the original Carnet book. From pickup of the car from your door, export customs clearance, carnet customs inspection to stuffing the car into container, clearance and unloading in Indian ports to door delivery, we handle the entire process with the utmost care and efficiency.

Shipping Timeline for your Car Shipping to India

Car shipping to India takes about 5 to 7 days depending on the vessel operator. The shipping timeline can estimated at 15-18 days for the full process from the time we receive your car until it is cleared at one of the major ports in India.

In conclusion, a Carnet de Passage (CPD) is an international customs document that allows temporary importation of a vehicle into a foreign country without paying customs duties or taxes. To obtain a CPD in the UAE, contact the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE). Required documents include a valid passport, Emirates ID, UAE residency, driving license, vehicle registration documents, UAE insurance documents, and a UAE bank account and cheque book for a security deposit. The deposit amount varies based on the vehicle’s value. Freight My Car offers car shipping services to major ports in India, with estimated costs of AED 14,500 per car for shipping from Jebel Ali to Mumbai/Cochin sea ports. Only individuals with a residence visa in India are eligible for CPD application. We at Freight My Car, handle the entire car shipping process with care and efficiency, with a shipping timeline of about 5 to 7 days and an estimated total process time of 15-18 days.


Freight My Car team is always happy to assist with you any queries you’ve regarding the CPD document or shipping your car to India or any other country!

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