Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the following instructions on its processing of licenses issued by the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance for carnet importations. Carnets are international customs documents that ease temporary imports of commercial samples, professional equipment, and goods for exhibitions and fairs. 

- At the time of arrival in the U.S. the paper carnets will be presented to CBP for review and notation as appropriate. CBP states that carnets are not yet automated and that the ability to collect information for partner government agencies, including licenses, is limited to paper as well. As a result, when processing carnets CBP will allow the use of paper copies of the export licensing documents in lieu of electronic information and will not reject carnets for the purpose of collecting license information electronically.

- If the goods being temporarily imported require a form DSP-61, Temporary Import License, and/or a form DSP-73, License for Temporary Export, the license holder is to present a copy of the license along with the carnet.

- CBP personnel will review the carnet and license to determine correctness and perform any necessary examinations or reviews as per current policy.

- CBP personnel will appropriately annotate the correct importation counterfoil of the carnet and follow all current processing instructions for carnets.

- CBP personnel will annotate the license in the Automated Export System in the comments section. The comments should include the date, processing port, carnet identifying number, and licensed quantity, description, and value being imported.

- Exporters will have to file the electronic export information in AES against the appropriate license and present the carnet for outbound processing.

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