International Convention to Facilitate the Importation of Commercial Samples and Advertising Materials

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 20/11/1955



Sub category

Exemption from Duties



What is it about?

This Convention establishes uniform regulations for the import of samples of natural products or manufactured articles and advertising materials. According to its provisions the State Parties have to admit without import duties all samples of negligible value intended for soliciting orders for goods of the kind they represent. Samples with a higher value may be imported against deposit of the import duties, refundable at re-exportation within six months. The Convention also provides for duty-free import of advertising materials and films. State Parties may not prohibit or restrict the import of commercial samples or advertising material coming from another State Party.

Why is it relevant?

In signing the present Convention, a State Party promotes export by helping its businesses to introduce products internationally.

Additional Information

The provisions of the present Convention do not apply while the import of samples and advertising materials is prohibited or restricted under national legislation for the following reasons: morality and public security; human, animal or plant life or health; relating to the import of gold and silver; enforcement of State monopolies. All Member States to the United Nations may become a Party to the present Convention.


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