Protocol of Amendment to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

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: 01/01/1988

Category

Customs

Sub category

Customs Codification

Groups

WCO

What is it about?

The Protocol amends Paragraph 1 of Article 13 of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, done at Brussels on 14 June 1983. Paragraph 1 of Article 13 of the Convention defines its entry into force “on the first of January which falls at least twelve months but no more than twenty-four months after a minimum of seventeen States or Customs or Economic Unions have signed it without reservation of ratification or have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession, but not before 1 January 1987”. Paragraph 1 of Article 13 is amended as follows: “this Convention shall enter into force on the earliest first of January which falls at least three months after a minimum of seventeen States or Customs or Economic Unions have signed it without reservation of ratification or have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession, but not before 1 January 1988”.

Why is it relevant?

The amended version widens the limited timeframe for the required number of signatures necessary for the entry into force of the Convention. Without the present Protocol the Convention’s entry into force would have been highly uncertain. The ratification of the Protocol is only important for countries having signed the Convention before 1986, as explained below.

Additional Information

The Protocol of Amendment has no substantive content as an independent instrument. Any State becoming a Contracting Party to the Convention after the entry into force of the present Protocol is a contracting Party to the Convention as amended by the Protocol. No State can become a Member State to the Protocol unless it signs or has previously signed the Convention without reservation of ratification.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Algeria24/10/1991
Andorra11/07/2006
Argentina11/01/1994
Armenia05/01/2009
Australia22/09/1987
Austria22/09/1987
Azerbaijan07/07/2000
Bahrain14/12/2001
Bangladesh22/09/1987
Belarus21/10/1998
Belgium22/09/1987
Benin24/07/2006
Bhutan27/10/2006
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)27/04/2004
Botswana13/02/1987
Brazil08/11/1988
Bulgaria30/10/1990
Burkina Faso25/09/1990
Cambodia01/01/2003
Cameroon16/05/1988
Canada14/12/1987
Cape Verde19/05/2008
Central African Republic11/06/1998
Chad05/09/1990
Chile17/02/2005
China23/06/1992
Colombia21/10/2002
Congo27/03/2007
Cote d'Ivoire25/01/1990
Croatia29/09/1994
Cuba03/11/1995
Cyprus21/03/1994
Czech Republic16/11/1993
Democratic Republic of the Congo10/11/1987
Denmark22/09/1987
Dominican Republic27/09/2006
Ecuador22/10/2008
Egypt27/05/1999
Eritrea17/01/2003
Estonia26/05/1993
Ethiopia01/03/1995
Fiji23/12/1997
Finland22/09/1987
France22/09/1987
Gabon07/07/2000
Georgia27/03/2009
Germany22/09/1987
Ghana26/07/2007
Greece15/07/1988
Guinea23/09/1997
Haiti17/01/2000
Hungary27/08/1990
Iceland28/10/1987
India24/06/1986
Indonesia05/07/1993
Iran28/02/1995
Ireland22/12/1987
Israel05/08/1987
Italy31/05/1989
Japan22/06/1987
Jordan24/06/1986
Kazakhstan26/03/2004
Kenya29/07/1988
Kuwait27/11/2003
Kyrgyzstan04/01/2007
Latvia04/01/1996
Lebanon03/05/1996
Lesotho24/06/1986
Liberia26/06/2010
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya17/05/1993
Lithuania20/06/1994
Luxembourg11/07/1988
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)31/03/1995
Madagascar22/12/1987
Malawi25/10/1988
Malaysia15/12/1987
Maldives07/07/2000
Mali15/06/1994
Malta20/12/1989
Mauritania01/01/2003
Mauritius24/06/1986
Mexico06/09/1991
Moldova10/06/2004
Mongolia30/09/1991
Montenegro23/03/2007
Morocco27/02/1992
Myanmar05/12/1994
Namibia05/05/2004
Nepal25/08/2006
Netherlands22/09/1987
New Zealand22/09/1987
Niger16/03/1990
Nigeria15/03/1988
Norway27/08/1987
Pakistan22/09/1987
Panama24/08/1998
Paraguay12/01/2007
Peru09/07/1998
Philippines28/06/2001
Poland12/09/1995
Portugal04/11/1987
Qatar28/09/2004
Republic of Korea27/11/1987
Romania05/12/1996
Russian Federation18/06/1996
Rwanda29/07/1992
Saudi Arabia10/03/1988
Senegal21/09/1989
Serbia01/07/2002
Singapore30/11/2005
Slovakia07/06/1993
Slovenia23/11/1992
South Africa25/11/1987
Spain28/09/1987
Sri Lanka03/05/1988
Sudan10/12/1993
Swaziland24/06/1986
Sweden22/09/1987
Switzerland22/09/1987
Syrian Arab Republic12/11/2007
Tajikistan06/07/2005
Thailand16/12/1991
Togo12/02/1990
Tunisia28/10/1987
Turkey15/12/1988
Uganda11/07/1989
Ukraine26/08/2002
United Arab Emirates01/07/2002
United Kingdom22/09/1987
United Republic of Tanzania24/01/2008
United States of America31/10/1988
Uzbekistan17/11/1998
Venezuela23/10/1998
Viet Nam26/03/1998
Yemen30/09/2002
Zambia22/12/1986
Zimbabwe05/11/1986
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19867
198730
198811
19894
19907
19914
19926
19936
19946
19955
19964
19972
19987
19991
20004
20012
20025
20034
20045
20053
20065
20076
20083
20092
20101
Total140
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