Customs Convention Concerning Welfare Materials for Seafarers

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: 11/12/1965

Category

Customs

Sub category

Exemption from Duties

Groups

WCO

What is it about?

Concluded under the auspices of the World Customs Organization, this instrument establishes a special customs procedure for so called welfare material, used by seafarers on board of seagoing ships. The notion of welfare material implies books, audiovisual material, sports articles, games or leisure material, religious objects or clothing. A detailed, non-exhaustive list is annexed to the Convention. The State Parties shall suspend import duties and taxes usually levied upon this kind of material and refrain from import restrictions.

Why is it relevant?

The 1964 Convention improves the well being of seafarers on board of seagoing ships.

Additional Information

The provisions of this Convention do not apply to welfare material 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. Any State Member of the United Nations may become a Contracting Party to the present Convention.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria05/03/1969
Australia09/01/1967
Belgium20/06/1966
Cote d'Ivoire26/09/1978
Croatia29/09/1994
Denmark16/05/1966
Egypt20/10/1967
Finland17/05/1968
France06/07/1966
Germany11/07/1969
Greece18/01/1971
Iran21/01/1970
Ireland27/02/1967
Israel13/09/1971
Italy26/03/1978
Japan15/06/1968
Kenya06/03/1967
Lebanon31/08/1965
Luxembourg27/02/1975
Madagascar30/09/1966
Malta01/07/1966
Netherlands09/11/1966
New Zealand03/08/1965
Niger28/07/1965
Norway10/09/1965
Pakistan27/09/1966
Portugal10/11/1967
Republic of Korea21/10/1975
Romania07/03/1967
Serbia27/12/2001
Sierra Leone09/07/1966
Slovenia23/02/1993
South Africa27/09/1965
Spain07/10/1966
Sweden15/02/1966
Switzerland22/08/1968
Syrian Arab Republic30/04/1975
Tunisia14/07/1965
Turkey17/05/1991
Uganda19/06/1967
United Kingdom25/05/1966
United Republic of Tanzania08/12/1975
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19656
196612
19677
19683
19692
19701
19712
19754
19782
19911
19931
19941
20011
Total43
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