Convention and Statute on Freedom of Transit

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Barcelona, Spain
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 31/10/1922

Category

Customs

Sub category

Transit

Groups

UNS

What is it about?

This instrument establishes the freedom of transit for persons, baggage, goods, vessels, coaching and other means of transport on the Contracting Parties’ territories. The Contracting Parties must facilitate free territorial movement by rail or by water on the routes appropriate for international transit. Contracting Parties have to refrain from levying taxes and duties on goods for transit, except in cases when the payment relates to a service imposed by the transit. The Contracting Parties are required to refrain from transit related discriminatory measures.

Why is it relevant?

The 1921 Convention secures and maintains freedom of transit.

Additional Information

No State has to grant transit for travellers whose entry on territory is prohibited or for categories of goods barred from import for reasons of public health or safety or out of precaution against animal or plant diseases.

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