Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Private Road Vehicles

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 15/12/1957



Sub category

Temporary Admission



What is it about?

A State Party to this Convention has to temporarily admit without payment of import duties and taxes and free of import prohibitions and restrictions vehicles owned by persons normally residing outside its territory. These vehicles are imported and utilized for private use on the occasion of a temporary visit, either by the owners of the vehicles or by other persons normally residing abroad. The provisions also apply to fuel contained in the ordinary supply tanks of the vehicles and 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 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 a one-time renewal.

Why is it relevant?

The Convention promotes the development of international tourism within the State Parties. The Convention on temporary admission (Istanbul 26 June 1990) takes up the provisions of the 1954 Convention and incorporates into one single instrument goods and materials previously ruled by numerous international customs conventions.

Additional Information

Each Member State to the United Nations can become a party to this instrument.


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