International Convention on the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures (Kyoto Convention)

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Brussels, Belgium
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 03/02/2006

Category

Customs

Sub category

Customs Cooperation

Groups

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What is it about?

The 1999 Protocol amends the 1973 International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Kyoto, 18 May 1973) by adapting its provisions to increased trade and incorporating new information technology. The Protocol includes a General Annex and 10 specific Annexes. The main text contains provisions related to the scope of application of the revised Convention, its management and new mandatory rules applicable to State parties. The General Annex strongly encourages the use of information technology. It also establishes definitions on clearance and other customs formalities, duties and taxes, security related to customs obligations, customs control, the relationship between customs and third parties, information and decisions on customs matters, and the right to appeal such decisions. The Specific Annexes concern the arrival of goods on a customs territory, the temporary storage of goods, importation, exportation, customs warehouses and free trade zones, customs transit, temporary admission and customs offences. By acceding to the Protocol, a State consents to be bound by the amended 1973 Convention and the new General Annex, whereas the Specific Annexes are optional. They may also enter reservations on any recommended practices in the specific annexes at any time.

Why is it relevant?

The Brussels Protocol encourages economic growth, foreign investment and increased imports and exports through predictable, standardized and harmonized customs procedures. The General Annex also contains new implementation rules applicable to all State parties.

Additional Information

State Parties to the 1973 International Convention for the Simplification and Harmonisation of Customs Procedures may ratify the present Protocol. A management board composed of representatives of the State parties is responsible for examining the implementation of the revised Kyoto Protocol and to study all measures ensuring a uniform interpretation and application.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania04/06/2013
Algeria26/06/1999
Argentina19/06/2015
Armenia19/07/2013
Australia10/10/2000
Austria30/04/2004
Azerbaijan03/02/2006
Bahrain31/05/2012
Bangladesh27/09/2012
Belarus10/01/2011
Belgium30/04/2004
Bhutan15/09/2014
Botswana26/06/2006
Bulgaria17/03/2004
Cambodia28/06/2014
Cameroon18/11/2014
Canada09/11/2000
Cape Verde27/06/2013
China15/06/2000
Cote d'Ivoire27/06/2013
Croatia02/11/2005
Cuba24/06/2009
Cyprus25/10/2004
Czech Republic17/09/2001
Denmark30/04/2004
Dominican Republic28/06/2012
Egypt08/01/2008
Estonia28/07/2006
Fiji20/01/2010
Finland30/04/2004
France22/07/2004
Gabon15/11/2012
Germany30/04/2004
Greece30/04/2004
Hungary29/04/2004
Iceland08/10/2015
India03/11/2005
Indonesia22/08/2014
Iran20/07/2011
Ireland30/04/2004
Italy30/04/2004
Japan26/06/2001
Jordan08/12/2006
Kazakhstan19/06/2009
Kenya25/06/2010
Latvia20/09/2001
Lesotho15/06/2000
Lithuania27/04/2004
Luxembourg26/01/2006
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)28/07/2009
Madagascar27/07/2007
Malawi06/06/2013
Malaysia30/06/2008
Mali04/05/2010
Malta11/05/2010
Mauritius24/09/2008
Mongolia01/07/2006
Montenegro23/06/2008
Morocco16/06/2000
Mozambique11/07/2012
Namibia03/02/2006
Netherlands30/04/2004
New Zealand07/07/2000
Niger13/02/2015
Nigeria28/06/2012
Norway09/01/2007
Oman06/01/2015
Pakistan01/10/2004
Papua New Guinea31/01/2014
Philippines25/06/2010
Poland09/07/2004
Portugal15/04/2005
Qatar13/07/2009
Republic of Korea19/02/2003
Romania22/02/2011
Russian Federation04/04/2011
Rwanda21/11/2011
Saudi Arabia04/05/2011
Senegal21/03/2006
Serbia18/09/2007
Sierra Leone12/06/2015
Slovakia19/09/2002
Slovenia27/04/2004
South Africa18/05/2004
Spain30/04/2004
Sri Lanka26/06/2009
Sudan16/08/2009
Swaziland31/10/2012
Sweden30/04/2004
Switzerland26/06/2004
Thailand12/06/2015
Togo28/06/2014
Turkey03/05/2006
Uganda27/06/2002
Ukraine15/06/2011
United Arab Emirates31/05/2010
United Kingdom30/04/2004
United States of America06/12/2005
Viet Nam08/01/2008
Yemen27/06/2013
Zambia01/07/2006
Zimbabwe10/02/2003
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19991
20008
20013
20022
20032
200423
20054
200610
20073
20085
20096
20106
20117
20127
20136
20146
20156
Total105
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