Customs Convention on the International Transit of Goods (ITI)

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Vienna, Austria
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: N/A

Category

Customs

Sub category

Transit

Groups

WCO

What is it about?

The present ITI Convention introduces a customs transit procedure designed to facilitate the international transport of unitized loads of goods. It is applicable regardless of the means of transport used and sufficiently flexible to meet the varying requirements of the different regions of the world. It regulates the transport of containers, road vehicles, railway wagons and vessels suitable for use in inland waterways, approved for the transport of goods under customs seals, in the territories of two or more contracting Parties. It recommends the merging of existing ITI areas and provides for a system of international guarantees.

Why is it relevant?

At the time when the present Convention was drafted, it had a very innovative character, as all the other international through-transport procedures in use were designed to apply to goods transported by a specific means of transport. Since then, in response to the needs and the fast development of the transport business, new and more specific Conventions have been proposed to the international community. By 2004 only three States had acceded to the ITI Convention.

Additional Information

All Member States to the United Nations may become a member to the present Convention.

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