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

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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

Category

Customs

Sub category

Temporary Admission

Groups

WCO

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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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria31/10/1988
Australia20/12/1962
Austria20/09/1962
Bahrain24/01/1997
Belgium06/07/1967
Bulgaria31/07/1964
Cambodia20/02/1963
Central African Republic01/04/1962
China27/08/1993
Cote d'Ivoire02/06/1978
Croatia29/09/1994
Cuba02/05/1962
Cyprus15/12/1972
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Denmark14/04/1965
Dominican Republic12/12/1962
Egypt25/03/1963
Finland01/08/1964
France22/06/1964
Germany09/06/1967
Greece19/07/1962
Hungary04/02/1963
Iceland08/12/1970
India20/06/1988
Iran16/04/1968
Ireland15/04/1965
Israel16/12/1964
Italy09/11/1963
Japan01/08/1973
Lebanon11/12/1979
Lesotho27/01/1982
Luxembourg16/02/1971
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)03/04/1996
Madagascar12/04/1962
Mali03/03/1989
Malta11/05/1988
Mexico13/11/2000
Morocco16/11/1962
Netherlands17/01/1964
New Zealand17/05/1977
Niger14/03/1962
Norway23/09/1963
Poland19/07/1969
Portugal31/03/1962
Republic of Korea21/10/1975
Romania15/01/1964
Serbia27/12/2001
Slovakia05/02/1993
Slovenia23/02/1993
South Africa28/09/1971
Spain11/02/1963
Sri Lanka14/07/1981
Sudan28/05/1974
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
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
196210
19638
19647
19653
19672
19681
19691
19701
19712
19722
19731
19742
19751
19771
19781
19791
19812
19821
19883
19892
19936
19942
19961
19971
20001
20011
Total64
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