Customs Convention Concerning Welfare Materials for Seafarers

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Brussels, Belgium
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 11/12/1965



Sub category

Exemption from Duties



What is it about?

Concluded under the auspices of the World Customs Organization, this instrument establishes a special customs procedure for so called welfare material, used by seafarers on board of seagoing ships. The notion of welfare material implies books, audiovisual material, sports articles, games or leisure material, religious objects or clothing. A detailed, non-exhaustive list is annexed to the Convention. The State Parties shall suspend import duties and taxes usually levied upon this kind of material and refrain from import restrictions.

Why is it relevant?

The 1964 Convention improves the well being of seafarers on board of seagoing ships.

Additional Information

The provisions of this Convention do not apply to welfare material subject to prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national law and regulations on grounds of public morality or order, public security, public hygiene or health, or for veterinary or phytopathological considerations. Any State Member of the United Nations may become a Contracting Party to the present Convention.


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