Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Commercial Road Vehicles

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 08/04/1959

Category

Customs

Sub category

Temporary Admission

Groups

UNECE

What is it about?

State Parties to this Convention, adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), have to temporarily admit without payment of import duties and taxes and free of import prohibitions and restrictions, vehicles registered in the territory of any of the other Contracting Parties and imported and used in international road traffic for commercial use by companies operating from that territory. The provisions also apply to the personal effects of the driver or crewmembers, to fuel contained in the ordinary supply tanks of the vehicles and to imported component parts for the repair of the concerned vehicles. Temporary importation papers guaranteeing payment of import duties and taxes cover the imported vehicles. These titles, called “carnets de passage en douane”, issued by authorized national agencies have to contain information on the imported commercial vehicle relating to weight, value or spare parts. Temporary importation papers have a period of validity not exceeding one year from the date of issue, with possibility of renewal.

Why is it relevant?

The Convention promotes the development of international commercial road traffic and the use of customs documents as described by the Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Private Road Vehicles (New-York, 4 June 1954), in particular the “carnets de passage en douane” for commercial road vehicles. The Convention on temporary admission (Istanbul 26 June 1990) takes up the provisions of the 1956 Convention and incorporates into one single instrument goods and materials previously ruled by numerous international customs conventions.

Additional Information

Only Member States to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and States admitted to the Commission in a consultative capacity can become a party to this instrument.

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