Customs Convention on the International Transit of Goods (ITI)
- Type: Convention
- Date of signature: 07/06/1971
- Place of signature: Vienna, Austria
- Depositary: Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization
- Date of entry into force: N/A
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.
All Member States to the United Nations may become a member to the present Convention.
- United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods (Geneva, 24 May 1980)
- Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (Geneva, 14 November 1975)
- Convention on Transit Trade of Landlocked States (New York, 8 July 1965)
- Convention and Statute on the Freedom of Transit (Barcelona, 20 April 1921)