Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Beirout, Lebanon
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 12/08/1954

Category

Customs

Sub category

Exemption from Duties

Groups

UNESCO

What is it about?

This Convention was adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Contracting Parties are held not to levy duties, apply quantitative restrictions or to require import licenses for the permanent or temporary introduction of visual and auditory materials of an educational, scientific or cultural character, that have been produced within the territory of a Contracting Party. Such materials include films, filmstrips and microfilms, all kind of sound recordings, as well as slides, patterns, models and wall charts, maps and posters. In order to benefit from the provisions of this Agreement, materials intended for import by a Contracting Party need a certificate delivered by the State of origin or by the UNESCO, attesting an educational, scientific or cultural character.

Why is it relevant?

The ratification of this instrument facilitates the international circulation of visual and auditory materials of an educational, scientific or cultural character. The goals of this Agreement are similar to those stipulated in the Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (New York, 22 November 1950), but its provisions only apply to specific items.

Additional Information

The State parties reserve the right to refuse the import of materials constituting a threat to public safety or order. A model form of a certificate attesting an educational, scientific or cultural character is annexed to the Agreement. Any state member to the UN can become a Party to this Agreement.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Bosnia and Herzegovina12/01/1994
Brazil15/08/1962
Cambodia20/02/1952
Canada04/10/1950
Congo26/08/1968
Costa Rica09/06/1971
Croatia26/07/1993
Cuba07/02/1977
Cyprus10/08/1972
Czech Republic22/08/1997
Denmark10/08/1955
El Salvador24/06/1953
Ghana22/03/1960
Greece09/07/1954
Haiti14/05/1954
Iran30/12/1959
Iraq29/08/1952
Jordan07/07/1972
Lebanon12/05/1971
Liberia16/09/2005
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya22/01/1973
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)02/09/1997
Madagascar23/05/1962
Malawi05/07/1967
Malta29/07/1968
Montenegro23/10/2006
Morocco25/07/1968
Niger22/04/1968
Norway12/01/1950
Pakistan16/02/1950
Philippines13/11/1952
Serbia12/03/2001
Slovakia09/06/1997
Slovenia03/11/1992
Syrian Arab Republic16/09/1951
Trinidad and Tobago31/08/1965
United States of America14/10/1966
Uruguay20/04/1999
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19503
19511
19523
19531
19542
19552
19591
19601
19622
19651
19661
19671
19684
19712
19722
19731
19771
19921
19931
19941
19973
19991
20011
20051
20061
Total39
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