Customs Convention Concerning Facilities for the Importation of Goods for Display or Use at Exhibitions, Fairs, Meetings or Similar Events

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: 13/07/1962



Sub category

Temporary Admission



What is it about?

Adopted under the auspices of the World Customs Organization (WCO), this Convention regulates the temporary admission on the territory of the Contracting Parties for: goods for display or demonstration at an event; goods intended for use in connection with the display of foreign products at an event; equipment intended for use at international meetings, conferences or congresses. The Contracting Parties have to reduce to a minimum the customs formalities in respect of such goods. Some items are not subject to the usually levied import duties, this concerns small samples, goods imported for the sole purpose of display and consumption or destruction during the event, products of low value used up in construction, furnishing or decorating of an exhibition stand and publicity material. With the exception of those particular cases, the goods granted temporary admission have to be re-exported within six months from the day of importation.

Why is it relevant?

By adhering to this Convention, the Contracting Parties facilitate importing goods used for commercial events and favor trade through the organization of such events. Since its entry into force, the Convention on Temporary Admission (Istanbul, 26 June 1990) not only recaptures the provisions of the 1961 Convention, but also incorporates into a single Convention those goods and materials that have been previously subject of numerous international customs conventions.

Additional Information

The provisions of this Convention do not apply while the goods intended for temporary admission are subject to prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national law 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 protection of patents, trade marks and copyrights. Any State Member of the United Nations may become a Contracting Party to the present Convention. F. Related Instruments:- Convention on Temporary Admission (Istanbul, 26 June 1990) - Customs Convention on ATA Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods (Brussels, 6 December 1961) - Customs Convention on ECS Carnets for Commercial Samples (Brussels, 1 Mars 1956) - Convention Establishing a Customs Co-Operation Council (WCO), (Brussels, 15 December 1950)



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