CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
A
Custom Matters
10Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Commercial Road VehiclesGeneva, 18 May 19568 April 1959 by the exchange of the said letters, in accordance with article 34.8 April 1959, No. 4721Signatories12Parties421United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 327, p. 123; vol. 1314, p. 277 (amendment); and depositary notification C.N.316.1991.TREATIES-1 of 30 January 1992 (amendments to authentic English and French texts).<superscript>2</superscript>
Participant<superscript>3</superscript>SignatureRatification, Accession(a), Succession(d)Afghanistan19 Dec 1977 aAlgeria31 Oct 1963 aAustria18 May 1956 13 Nov 1957 Azerbaijan 8 May 2000 aBelgium18 May 1956 18 Feb 1963 Bosnia and Herzegovina<superscript>4</superscript>12 Jan 1994 dBulgaria 7 Oct 1959 aCambodia 8 Apr 1959 aCroatia<superscript>4</superscript>31 Aug 1994 dCuba16 Sep 1965 aCyprus 2 Feb 1983 dDenmark 8 Jan 1959 aEuropean Union<superscript>5</superscript> 1 Feb 1996 aFinland23 May 1967 aFrance18 May 1956 20 May 1959 Germany<superscript>6,7</superscript>18 May 1956 23 Oct 1961 Greece12 Sep 1961 aHungary18 May 1956 23 Jul 1957 Ireland26 Jul 1967 aItaly18 May 1956 29 Mar 1962 Kyrgyzstan 2 Apr 1998 aLithuania 3 Jan 2003 aLuxembourg18 May 1956 28 Jan 1964 Montenegro<superscript>8</superscript>23 Oct 2006 dNetherlands<superscript>9</superscript>18 May 1956 27 Jul 1960 North Macedonia<superscript>4</superscript>20 Dec 1999 dNorway11 Jul 1966 aPoland18 May 1956 6 May 1959 Portugal 8 May 1967 aRepublic of Moldova14 May 2013 aRomania 7 Jan 1966 aSaudi Arabia23 Jan 2003 aSerbia<superscript>4</superscript>12 Mar 2001 dSierra Leone13 Mar 1962 dSingapore15 Aug 1966 dSlovenia<superscript>4</superscript> 3 Nov 1992 dSpain17 Nov 1958 aSweden18 May 1956 16 Jan 1958 Switzerland<superscript>1</superscript>18 May 1956 7 Jul 1960 Turkey10 May 2005 aUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland<superscript>3</superscript>18 May 1956 30 Jul 1959 Uzbekistan11 Jan 1999 a
Declarations and Reservations(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were madeupon ratification, accession or succession.)AlgeriaThe Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 38 of the said Convention relating to the compulsory arbitration of the International Court of Justice.Bulgaria<superscript>10</superscript>Poland<superscript>11</superscript>RomaniaThe Socialist Republic of Romania does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 38, paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Convention, its position being that a dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention can be submitted to arbitration only with the consent of all the Parties to the dispute.Territorial Application
ParticipantDate of receipt of the notificationTerritories
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland<superscript>3</superscript>30 Jul 1959The Isle of Man, Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey 6 Nov 1959Brunei, Gibraltar, North Borneo, Seychelles, Singapore and Somalia29 Apr 1960Cyprus and Gambia12 Sep 1960Sierra Leone21 Sep 1960Hong Kong19 Jul 1962Kenya and Uganda
1On depositing the instrument of ratification, the Government of Switzerland declared that the provisions of the Convention will apply to the Principality of Liechtenstein so long as it is linked to Switzerland by a customs union treaty.2The Secretary-General circulated on 6 April 1979 the text of an amendment proposed by Switzerland aiming at the addition of a new article 25 <superscript>bis</superscript> to chapter VII of the Convention. The said amendment was not accepted owing to objections notified to the Secretary-General on 4 October 1979 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands).Subsequently, a further proposed amendment by Switzerland to chapter VII of the Convention by the addition of a new article 25 <superscript>bis</superscript> was circulated by the Secretary-General on 26 August 1982. Within the period of six months following the date of its circulation, no Contracting Party expressed an objection to the proposed amendment and therefore, in accordance with paragraph 2 of article 41 of the Convention, it is deemed accepted.On 30 January 1992, the Secretary-General circulated the text of the amendments to the authentic English and French texts proposed by the Government of Italy. Within a period of six months from the date of its circulation (i.e., 30 January 1992), none of the Contracting Parties to the Convention expressed an objection to the proposed amendment. Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of article 41 (2) and (3) of the Convention, the proposed amendment was deemed accepted and will enter into force for all Contracting Parties three months after the ex piry of the said period of six months, i.e., on 30 October 1992.3The Secretary-General, received on 6 and 10 June 1997 communications regarding the status of Hong Kong from China and the United Kingdom of Great Brtiain and Northern Ireland (see also note 2 under “China” and note 2 under “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume). Upon resuming the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, China notified the Secretary-General that the Convention will continue to apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.4The former Yugoslavia had acceeded to the Convention on 12 June 1961. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, “Croatia”, “former Yugoslavia”, “Slovenia”, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and “Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.5The instrument contained a notification by which the European Community accepts the resolution of the United Nations of 2 July 1993 on the applicability of <i> carnets de passage en douane </i> and CPD carnets to private road vehicles.6See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.7See note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.8See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.9For the Kingdom of Europe.10In a notification received on 6 May 1994, the Government of Bulgaria notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the reservation made upon accession with regard to article 38 (2) and (3). For the text of the reservation, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 342, p. 362.11On 16 October 1997, the Government of Poland notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw its reservation with regard to article 38 of the Convention made upon ratification. For the text of the reservation see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 328, p. 344.