Additional Protocol to the Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and Material

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 28/06/1956

Category

Customs

Sub category

Exemption from Duties

Groups

UNECE

What is it about?

This Convention intends to facilitate the circulation of tourist publicity documents and material between Contracting States. The Contracting States are held to admit the duty and tax-free import of certain documents (folders, pamphlets, books, magazines, guides, lists and year books of foreign hotels, etc.), for free distribution, with the objective of encouraging the public to visit other countries for tourist or professional purposes. This privilege also applies to certain display material for showcases and stands, documentary films, flags and specimens of national handicrafts. The exemption of import duties and taxes is granted on the following three conditions: the material has to be despatched by an official tourist agency with proof of justification presented to the Customs authorities; it has to be imported for and on the responsibility of an accredited representative of the official national tourist agency; the material has to be re-exported or destroyed after use.

Why is it relevant?

This Protocol was adopted to complement the Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring (New York, 4 June 1954) and it intends to promote worldwide tourism through preferential conditions for the circulation of tourist information. In becoming Party to this instrument a State helps its tourist industry to explore new markets and increase the number of tourists on its territory.

Additional Information

The provisions of this Protocol do not preclude the application of prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national laws and regulations on grounds of public morality, public security, health or hygiene. A State may be Party to the Protocol without being Party to the 1954 Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania09/08/2010
Algeria31/10/1963
Argentina19/12/1986
Australia06/01/1967
Austria30/03/1956
Barbados05/03/1971
Belgium21/02/1955
Bulgaria07/10/1959
Central African Republic15/10/1962
Chile15/08/1974
Costa Rica29/05/1963
Cuba29/06/1964
Cyprus16/05/1963
Czech Republic02/06/1993
Denmark13/10/1955
Ecuador30/08/1962
Egypt04/04/1957
El Salvador18/06/1958
Fiji31/10/1972
Finland21/06/1962
France24/04/1959
Germany16/09/1957
Ghana16/06/1958
Greece15/01/1974
Haiti12/02/1958
Hungary29/10/1963
India15/02/1957
Iran03/04/1968
Ireland14/08/1967
Israel01/08/1957
Italy12/02/1958
Jamaica11/11/1963
Japan07/09/1955
Jordan18/12/1957
Lebanon16/03/1971
Liberia16/09/2005
Lithuania01/12/2005
Luxembourg21/11/1956
Malaysia07/05/1958
Mali11/06/1974
Malta29/07/1968
Mauritius18/07/1969
Mexico13/06/1957
Montenegro23/10/2006
Morocco25/09/1957
Nepal21/09/1960
Netherlands07/03/1958
New Zealand17/08/1962
Nigeria26/06/1961
Norway10/10/1961
Peru16/01/1959
Philippines09/02/1960
Poland16/03/1960
Portugal18/09/1958
Romania26/01/1961
Russian Federation17/08/1959
Rwanda01/12/1964
Senegal19/04/1972
Serbia12/03/2001
Sierra Leone13/03/1962
Singapore22/11/1966
Slovakia28/05/1993
Solomon Islands03/09/1981
Spain05/09/1958
Sweden11/06/1957
Switzerland23/05/1956
Syrian Arab Republic26/03/1959
Tonga11/11/1977
Trinidad and Tobago11/04/1966
Tunisia20/06/1974
Turkey26/04/1983
Uganda15/04/1965
United Kingdom27/02/1956
United Republic of Tanzania22/06/1964
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YearRatifications
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