Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Commercial Road Vehicles

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: 08/04/1959

Category

Customs

Sub category

Temporary Admission

Groups

UNECE

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, vehicles registered in the territory of any of the other Contracting Parties and imported and used in international road traffic for commercial use by companies operating from that territory. The provisions also apply to the personal effects of the driver or crewmembers, to fuel contained in the ordinary supply tanks of the vehicles and to imported component parts for the repair of the concerned vehicles. Temporary importation papers guaranteeing payment of import duties and taxes cover the imported vehicles. These titles, called “carnets de passage en douane”, issued by authorized national agencies have to contain information on the imported commercial vehicle 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?

The Convention promotes the development of international commercial road traffic and the use of customs documents as described by the Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Private Road Vehicles (New-York, 4 June 1954), in particular the “carnets de passage en douane” for commercial road vehicles. 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

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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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Afghanistan19/12/1977
Algeria31/10/1963
Austria13/11/1957
Azerbaijan08/05/2000
Belgium18/02/1963
Bosnia and Herzegovina12/01/1994
Bulgaria07/10/1959
Cambodia08/04/1959
Croatia31/08/1994
Cuba16/09/1965
Cyprus02/02/1983
Denmark08/01/1959
Finland23/03/1967
France20/05/1959
Germany23/10/1961
Greece12/09/1961
Hungary23/07/1957
Ireland26/07/1967
Italy29/03/1962
Kyrgyzstan02/04/1998
Lithuania03/01/2003
Luxembourg28/01/1964
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)20/12/1999
Moldova14/05/2013
Montenegro23/10/2006
Netherlands27/07/1960
Norway11/07/1966
Poland06/05/1959
Portugal08/05/1967
Romania07/01/1966
Saudi Arabia23/01/2003
Serbia12/03/2001
Sierra Leone13/03/1962
Singapore15/08/1966
Slovenia03/11/1992
Spain17/11/1958
Sweden16/01/1958
Switzerland07/07/1960
Turkey10/05/2005
United Kingdom30/07/1959
Uzbekistan11/01/1999
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19572
19582
19597
19602
19612
19622
19632
19641
19651
19663
19673
19771
19831
19921
19942
19981
19992
20001
20011
20032
20051
20061
20131
Total42
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