Convention on Temporary Admission

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Istanbul, Turkey
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 27/11/1993

Category

Customs

Sub category

Temporary Admission

Groups

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What is it about?

This Convention, adopted under the auspices of the World Customs Organization, incorporates into a single instrument goods and materials previously ruled by numerous international customs conventions. It consists of one main text and 13 annexes covering the following items: titles on temporary admission (ATA Carnets and CPD Carnets); goods for display or use at exhibitions, fairs, meetings or similar events; professional equipment for the press, sound and television broadcasting, cinematographic and other professional equipment; containers, pallets, packaging, samples or other goods imported in connection with a commercial operation; goods imported in connection with production operation; goods imported for educational, scientific or cultural purposes; travellers’ personal effects and goods imported for sports purposes; tourist publicity material; goods imported as frontier traffic; goods imported for humanitarian purposes; means of transport; animals; goods imported under partial suspension of import duties and taxes. The purpose of the Convention is to simplify and harmonize the temporary admission procedures for the specified items. The Contracting Parties are held to grant temporary admission with complete suspension from import duties and taxes and to refrain from applying import prohibitions and restrictions motivated solely for economic reasons. In ratifying this Convention the Contracting Parties are bound to accept the Annex concerning titles on temporary admission (ATA Carnets and CPD Carnets) and at least one additional annex.

Why is it relevant?

The 1990 Istanbul Convention remedies the deficiency caused by the multiplication of Conventions concerning temporary admission. The recourse on optional annexes does not resolve the risk of legal fragmentation related to those matters, as the annex provisions bind only Contracting Parties that have accepted the same annexes. The Istanbul Convention does not supersede the different conventions on temporary admission of specific products and materials; these still remain in force. This results in a multitude of regulations being applied to temporary import matters.

Additional Information

The Contracting Parties reserve the right to refrain form applying this Convention for non-economic reasons, especially on grounds of public safety and order, public hygiene and health or intellectual property rights. An Administrative Committee is put in place with the mission to examine the application of the 1990 Convention and to study all measures intended to ensure the uniform interpretation and application as well as all proposed amendments. This instrument is open to all Member States to the United Nations.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania28/05/2009
Algeria08/05/1998
Andorra02/09/1998
Australia09/01/1992
Austria29/09/1994
Bahrain31/05/2012
Belarus07/05/1998
Belgium18/07/1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina07/04/2010
Brazil04/05/2011
Bulgaria11/03/2003
Chile03/03/2004
China27/08/1993
Croatia01/03/1999
Cyprus25/10/2004
Czech Republic24/11/1999
Denmark18/06/1997
Estonia17/01/1996
Finland18/06/1997
France18/06/1997
Georgia01/04/2010
Germany18/06/1997
Greece18/06/1997
Hungary28/04/2004
Indonesia17/11/2014
Ireland18/06/1997
Italy18/06/1997
Jordan24/06/1992
Kazakhstan21/08/2013
Latvia16/07/1999
Lithuania26/02/1998
Luxembourg18/06/1997
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)21/04/2006
Madagascar02/06/2008
Mali08/10/2004
Malta08/01/2001
Mauritius07/06/1995
Moldova02/02/2009
Mongolia05/06/2003
Montenegro23/06/2008
Netherlands18/06/2003
Nigeria10/06/1993
Oman11/01/2012
Pakistan18/05/2004
Poland12/09/1995
Portugal18/06/1997
Qatar10/09/2014
Romania26/11/2002
Russian Federation18/04/1996
Saudi Arabia04/05/2011
Serbia07/07/2010
Slovakia22/09/2000
Slovenia23/10/2000
South Africa18/05/2004
Spain18/06/1997
Sweden18/06/1997
Switzerland11/05/1995
Tajikistan27/08/1997
Thailand05/01/2007
Trinidad and Tobago29/08/2011
Turkey15/12/2004
Ukraine22/06/2004
United Arab Emirates14/09/2010
United Kingdom18/06/1997
Zimbabwe17/11/1992
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