International Convention to Facilitate the Importation of Commercial Samples and Advertising Materials

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: 20/11/1955

Category

Customs

Sub category

Exemption from Duties

Groups

MISC

What is it about?

This Convention establishes uniform regulations for the import of samples of natural products or manufactured articles and advertising materials. According to its provisions the State Parties have to admit without import duties all samples of negligible value intended for soliciting orders for goods of the kind they represent. Samples with a higher value may be imported against deposit of the import duties, refundable at re-exportation within six months. The Convention also provides for duty-free import of advertising materials and films. State Parties may not prohibit or restrict the import of commercial samples or advertising material coming from another State Party.

Why is it relevant?

In signing the present Convention, a State Party promotes export by helping its businesses to introduce products internationally.

Additional Information

The provisions of the present Convention do not apply while the import of samples and advertising materials is prohibited or restricted under national legislation for the following reasons: morality and public security; human, animal or plant life or health; relating to the import of gold and silver; enforcement of State monopolies. All Member States to the United Nations may become a Party to the present Convention.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Australia06/01/1956
Austria08/06/1956
Belgium28/08/1957
Bosnia and Herzegovina12/01/1994
Canada12/06/1974
Croatia31/08/1994
Cuba26/04/1976
Cyprus16/05/1963
Czech Republic02/06/1993
Democratic Republic of the Congo31/05/1962
Denmark05/10/1955
Egypt29/09/1955
Fiji31/10/1972
Finland27/05/1954
France07/02/1964
Germany02/09/1955
Ghana07/04/1958
Greece10/02/1955
Guinea08/05/1962
Haiti12/02/1958
Hungary03/06/1957
Iceland28/04/1977
India03/08/1954
Indonesia21/04/1954
Iran11/06/1970
Ireland23/04/1959
Israel08/10/1957
Italy20/02/1958
Jamaica11/11/1963
Japan02/08/1955
Kenya03/09/1965
Liberia16/09/2005
Luxembourg09/09/1957
Malaysia21/08/1958
Malta27/06/1968
Mauritius18/07/1969
Mexico07/11/2000
Montenegro23/10/2006
Netherlands03/05/1955
New Zealand19/04/1957
Nigeria26/06/1961
Norway02/11/1954
Pakistan12/10/1953
Poland18/02/1960
Portugal24/09/1956
Republic of Korea12/06/1978
Romania15/11/1968
Rwanda01/12/1964
Serbia12/03/2001
Sierra Leone13/03/1962
Singapore07/06/1966
Slovakia28/05/1993
Slovenia03/11/1992
Spain09/09/1954
Sri Lanka28/10/1959
Sweden23/02/1955
Switzerland04/12/1954
Thailand30/11/1994
Tonga11/11/1977
Trinidad and Tobago11/04/1966
Turkey08/12/1956
Uganda15/04/1965
United Kingdom21/10/1955
United Republic of Tanzania28/11/1962
United States of America17/09/1957
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
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19601
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19691
19701
19721
19741
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19781
19921
19932
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20001
20011
20051
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