Customs Convention on Containers

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: 06/12/1975

Category

Customs

Sub category

Exemption from Duties

Groups

OPENESS TO MTRSWCO

What is it about?

The State Parties to this Convention have to temporarily admit without payment of import duties and taxes containers intended for the transport of goods in internal traffic. The containers have to be loaded and unloaded within the territory of the same State. Containers granted temporary admission have to be re-exported within three months from the date of import.

Why is it relevant?

Containers are an important item in the transport business and their use is considerably growing. In maritime transport about 80% of the transported goods are shipped in containers. The 1972 Convention develops and facilitates international carriage by container.

Additional Information

All Member States to the United Nations can become a member to the present Convention. The Convention on Customs Treatment of Pool Containers used in International Transport (Geneva, 21 January 1994) is similar to the 1972 Convention, but it only applies to pool containers for international carriage.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria14/12/1978
Armenia09/06/2006
Australia10/11/1975
Austria17/06/1977
Azerbaijan17/01/2005
Belarus01/09/1976
Bulgaria22/02/1977
Burundi04/09/1998
Canada10/12/1975
China22/01/1986
Cuba23/11/1984
Czech Republic02/06/1993
Finland22/02/1983
Georgia02/06/1999
Hungary12/12/1973
Indonesia11/10/1989
Kazakhstan27/01/2005
Kyrgyzstan22/10/2007
Lebanon29/08/2013
Liberia16/09/2005
Lithuania27/03/2002
Montenegro23/10/2006
Morocco14/08/1990
New Zealand20/12/1974
Poland29/04/1982
Republic of Korea19/10/1984
Romania06/03/1975
Russian Federation23/08/1976
Saudi Arabia23/12/2008
Serbia06/09/2001
Slovakia28/05/1993
Spain16/04/1975
Switzerland12/10/1976
Trinidad and Tobago23/03/1990
Tunisia11/03/2009
Turkey13/07/1994
Ukraine01/09/1976
United States of America12/11/1984
Uzbekistan27/11/1996
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19731
19741
19754
19764
19772
19781
19821
19831
19843
19863
19891
19902
19932
19941
19961
19981
19991
20011
20021
20053
20062
20071
20081
20091
20131
Total41
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