Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Professional Equipment

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: 01/07/1962

Category

Customs

Sub category

Temporary Admission

Groups

WCO

What is it about?

The State Parties to this Convention, adopted under the auspices of the World Customs Organization (WCO), have to temporarily admit professional equipment without imposing import duties, restrictions or prohibitions. Three Annexes define the concerned equipment, stipulate the conditions of grant of temporary admission and provide illustrative lists. Annex A: equipment for the press and for sound or television broadcasting; Annex B: cinematographic equipment; Annex C: equipment not referred to in the other annexes, including all material necessary for the professional activity of a person visiting a country in order to accomplish a specified task. The ratification of the Annexes is at the discretion of the State Parties. The Convention also applies to component parts imported to repair temporarily admitted equipment. Equipment granted temporary admission has to be re-exported within six months from the date of importation.

Why is it relevant?

By facilitating the temporary importation of professional equipment the Convention promotes the international exchange of specialized skills and techniques. It should be noted that the Convention on temporary admission (Istanbul 26 June 1990) takes up the provisions of the 1961 Convention and incorporates into one single instrument goods and materials to date ruled by numerous international Customs Conventions.

Additional Information

The provisions of the present Convention do not preclude the application of prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national laws and regulations on grounds of public morality or order, public security, public hygiene or health, or for veterinary or phytopathological considerations, or relating to the protections of patents, trade marks and copyrights. All State Members to the United Nations can become a member to the present Convention.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria05/09/1972
Australia04/12/1967
Austria05/10/1962
Belgium07/09/1965
Bulgaria31/07/1964
Central African Republic01/04/1962
Croatia29/09/1994
Cuba03/12/1962
Cyprus15/12/1972
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Denmark14/04/1965
Egypt25/03/1963
Finland01/08/1964
France31/03/1962
Germany11/07/1969
Greece19/07/1962
Hungary04/02/1963
Iceland08/12/1970
Iran16/04/1968
Ireland15/04/1965
Israel01/02/1966
Italy20/09/1963
Japan01/08/1973
Kenya31/08/1983
Lebanon11/12/1979
Lesotho27/01/1982
Luxembourg28/01/1966
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)03/04/1996
Madagascar12/04/1962
Malta11/05/1988
Mexico07/11/2000
Netherlands17/01/1964
New Zealand17/05/1977
Niger14/03/1962
Norway30/03/1962
Poland19/07/1969
Portugal15/03/1962
Republic of Korea04/04/1978
Romania26/03/1968
Serbia04/02/2002
Slovakia05/02/1993
Slovenia23/02/1993
South Africa28/09/1971
Spain11/02/1963
Sri Lanka23/05/1991
Sweden19/03/1964
Switzerland30/04/1963
Thailand30/09/1994
Trinidad and Tobago05/01/1981
Tunisia21/04/1972
Turkey23/08/1974
Uganda11/07/1989
United Kingdom25/03/1963
United States of America03/12/1968
Zimbabwe18/02/1987
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