Temporary Import & Export Permits

The temporary permits can come in the form of an ATA or a Carnet du Passage en Douane. These permits are recognized by custom authorities around the world and allow you to ship your vehicle “freely”. The temporary permits are used only by those who travel a lot in different countries and take with them their vehicle. Here are included motorhomes, campers, overlanders and long distance motorbikes. For those who need to be temporarily relocated into a different country and want to take their car along, this type of permit is also accepted.

The main purpose of an ATA Carnet is to offer, in collaboration with the Chambers of Commerce, a guarantee to the custom authorities of a foreign country where the goods are temporarily imported. It guarantees that all the taxes and duties will be paid if the terms of the contract are breached. Generally there is a 31-month guarantee period, but if a permit is used for only four weeks and returned to the Chambers of Commerce without delay, the deposit will be retuned and there may be a “conditional discharge” as well.

You should keep in mind that in order to be able to get a temporary permit you cannot sell any good imported under ATA Carnet. Your vehicle must be re-exported within the period approved for temporary admission by the foreign customs. It I very important to have every entry and exit form from each country where the vehicle has been. If these rules are ignored, the penalty consists of additional taxes.

ATA Carnet main advantage is that you don’t have to get a custom declaration as well. This carnet gives instant recognition at the border points thus avoiding the necessity for a deposit or a guarantee. More than that, it is enough to have one ATA Carnet for your accompanied or unaccompanied that go through different countries during your travel. The carnet also allows travelers to make arrangements in advance in short time and with predetermined costs.

For maximum transparency, here are the costs of an ATA Carnet in South Africa:

  • Issuing Fee

    R3,200.00 for the value of goods up to R100,000.00
    R4,800.00 for the value of goods over R100,000.00

  • Deposit or Guarantee Letter:

    50% of the total value of the goods.
    25 % of the total value of the goods for the Carnets to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia & Swaziland (BLNS)
    Minimum Deposit is R5,000.00

If you want to learn more about ATA Carnet, you can find information here:

World wide info:
South Africa Application:


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