Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation for Private Use of Aircraft and Pleasure Boats

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: 01/01/1959



Sub category

Temporary Admission



What is it about?

State Parties to this Convention, adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), have to temporarily admit without payment of import duties and taxes and free of import prohibitions and restrictions, aircraft and boats owned by persons normally residing abroad. These aircraft and boats have to be imported for private use on the occasion of a temporary visit, either by the owners of the aircraft or boats or by other persons normally residing abroad. The provisions also apply to fuel contained in the ordinary supply tanks and to imported component parts for the repair of the concerned aircraft or boats. Temporary importation papers guaranteeing payment of import duties and taxes cover the imported aircraft or boats. These titles, called “carnets de passage en douane”, issued by authorized national agencies have to contain information on the imported item 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 renewal.

Why is it relevant?

This Convention promotes the development of international tourism within the member States by allowing the temporary import of all kinds of aircraft and boats without limitation of size and weight. The Convention on temporary admission (Istanbul 26 June 1990) takes up the provisions of the 1956 Convention and incorporates into one single instrument goods and materials previously ruled by numerous international customs conventions.

Additional Information

The annexes to the present Convention provide models of “carnets de passage en douane” and import certificates for aircraft or boats. Only member States to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and States admitted to the Commission in a consultative capacity can become a party to this instrument.


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