Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Florence, Italy
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 21/05/1952

Category

Customs

Sub category

Exemption from Duties

Groups

UNESCO

What is it about?

The purpose of this Convention, drawn up by the United Nations in co-operation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is to favour the import of books, publications and documents of educational, scientific or cultural character. According to its provisions, the contracting States shall not levy custom duties in connection with the import of these materials, nor apply quantitative restrictions or exchange control measures. The 1950 Agreement consists of one main part and five annexes listing the types of books, publications and materials concerned by its provisions. The annexes are an integral part of the Agreement. The Nairobi Protocol (adopted on 26 November 1976) extends the scope of the Agreement to further materials and broadens the advantages for already designated items.

Why is it relevant?

In signing this Agreement a State privileges the import of educational, scientific or cultural materials for easier and cheaper accessibility by its population. It also permits those items originating within its territory to be distributed abroad.

Additional Information

The provisions of the present Agreement do not preclude the application of prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national laws and regulations on grounds of public morality or order, public security, public hygiene or health. All member States to the United Nations can become Party to this instrument.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Afghanistan19/03/1958
Armenia23/08/2010
Australia05/03/1992
Austria12/06/1958
Barbados13/04/1973
Belgium31/10/1957
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)22/09/1970
Bosnia and Herzegovina01/09/1993
Bulgaria14/03/1997
Burkina Faso14/09/1965
Cambodia05/11/1951
Cameroon15/05/1964
Congo26/08/1968
Cote d'Ivoire19/07/1963
Croatia26/07/1993
Cuba27/08/1952
Cyprus16/05/1963
Czech Republic22/08/1997
Democratic Republic of the Congo03/05/1962
Denmark04/04/1960
Egypt08/02/1952
El Salvador24/06/1953
Estonia01/08/2001
Fiji31/10/1972
Finland30/04/1956
France14/10/1957
Gabon04/09/1962
Germany09/08/1957
Ghana07/04/1958
Greece12/12/1955
Guatemala08/07/1960
Haiti14/05/1954
Holy See22/08/1979
Hungary15/03/1979
Iran07/01/1966
Iraq11/08/1972
Ireland19/09/1978
Israel27/03/1952
Italy26/11/1962
Japan17/06/1970
Jordan31/12/1958
Kazakhstan21/12/1998
Kenya15/03/1967
Kyrgyzstan19/07/2005
Lao People's Democratic Republic28/02/1952
Latvia20/11/2001
Liberia16/09/2005
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya22/01/1973
Liechtenstein29/04/1953
Lithuania21/08/1998
Luxembourg31/10/1957
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)02/09/1997
Madagascar23/05/1962
Malawi17/08/1965
Malaysia29/06/1959
Mali16/07/2014
Malta19/01/1968
Mauritius18/07/1969
Moldova03/09/1998
Monaco18/03/1952
Montenegro23/10/2006
Morocco25/07/1968
Netherlands31/10/1957
New Zealand29/06/1962
Nicaragua17/12/1963
Niger22/04/1968
Nigeria26/06/1961
Norway02/04/1959
Oman19/12/1977
Pakistan17/01/1952
Philippines30/08/1952
Poland24/09/1971
Portugal11/06/1984
Romania24/11/1970
Russian Federation07/10/1994
Rwanda01/12/1964
San Marino30/07/1985
Serbia12/03/2001
Sierra Leone13/03/1962
Singapore11/07/1969
Slovakia09/06/1997
Slovenia06/07/1992
Solomon Islands03/09/1981
Spain07/07/1955
Sri Lanka08/01/1952
Sweden21/05/1952
Switzerland07/04/1953
Syrian Arab Republic16/09/1980
Thailand18/06/1951
Togo16/11/2009
Tonga11/11/1977
Trinidad and Tobago11/04/1966
Tunisia14/05/1971
Uganda15/04/1965
United Kingdom11/03/1954
United Republic of Tanzania26/03/1963
United States of America02/11/1966
Uruguay20/04/1999
Venezuela01/05/1992
Viet Nam01/06/1952
Zambia01/11/1974
Zimbabwe01/12/1998
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19512
195210
19533
19542
19552
19561
19575
19584
19592
19603
19611
19626
19634
19642
19653
19663
19671
19684
19692
19703
19712
19722
19732
19741
19772
19781
19792
19801
19811
19841
19851
19923
19932
19941
19974
19984
19991
20013
20052
20061
20091
20101
20141
Total103
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