CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
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Custom Matters
16Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention)Geneva, 14 November 197520 March 1978, in accordance with article 53(1).20 March 1978, No. 16510Signatories17Parties771United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 1079, p. 89, vol. 1142, p.413 (amendments to annexes 2 and 6), depositary notifications C.N.199.1980.TREATIES-4 of 25 July 1980 (amendments to annexes 1 and 6); vol. 1252, p. 332; vol. 1291, p. 298 (amendments proposed by France to annex 6); vol. 1365, p. 348 (amendments proposed by Czechoslovakia to annex 6); C.N.280.1984.TREATIES-5 of 21 November 1984 (amendments to annex 6); C.N.328.1985. TREATIES-4 of 3 February 1986 (amendments to annexes 1, 2 and 6); C.N.45.1987.TREATIES-1 of 31 March 1987 and C.N.99.1987.TREATIES-2 of 10 June 1987 (amendments to annexes 1, 6 and 7); C.N.341.1987.TREATIES-5 of 23 February 1988 (amendments to article 18 and to annexes 1 and 2) and C.N.41.1988.TREATIES-1 of 13 May 1988 (corrigendum to C.N.341.1987. TREATIES-5 of 23 February 1988); C.N.136.1987.TREATIES-4 of 12 August 1987 (corrigendum to C.N.328.1985.TREATIES-4 of 3 February 1986 and C.N.45.1987.TREATIES-1 of 31 March 1987); C.N.18.1989.TREATIES-1 of 30 March 1989 (amendments to annexes 2 and 7); C.N.352.1989.TREATIES-6 of 26 March 1990 (amendments to annexes 2, 6 and 7); C.N.313.1990. TREATIES-2 of 15 February 1991 (amendments to annex 6); C.N.465.1992.TREATIES-4 of 24 March 1993 (amendments to article 16 and annexes 6 and 8); C.N.47.1994.TREATIES-1 27 April 1994 (amendments to annexes 1, 2, 6 and 7); C.N.14.1995.TREATIES-1 of 5 April 1995 (amendments to annexes 1, 4 and 6); C.N.433.1997.TREATIES-1 of 17 November 1997 (amendments proposed to the Convention and annexes 6 and 8; C.N.336.1999.TREATIES-1 of 26 May 1999 (corrections); C.N.36.2001.TREATIES-1 of 12 February 2001 (proposal of amendments to the Convention and to annexes 1 and 6) and C.N.123.2002.TREATIES-3 of 13 February 2002 (entry into force of the amendments); C.N.37.2001.TREATIES-2 of 12 February 2001 (proposal of amendments to article 3 and to annexes 2 and 7), C.N.503.2001.TREATIES-4 of 23 May 2001 (Entry into force of amendments to annexes 2 and 7), C.N.142.2002.TRE 19 February 2002 (Entry into force of the proposal of amendments to article 3); C.N.688.2001.TREATIES-4 of 24 July 2001 (proposal of corrections to the amendments relating to annexes 2 and 7), C.N.1106.2001.TREATIES-5 of 23 October 2001 (acceptance of the proposed corrections of the amendments relating to annexes 2 and 7 of the Convention); C.N.14.2002.TREATIES-1 of 9 January 2002 (proposal of corrections relating to the French text of the amendments to annex 2 and to article 3 of the Convention) and C.N.328.2002.TREATIES-3 of 9 April 2002 (acceptance of the proposed corrections relating to the French text of the amendments to annex 2 and article 3 of the Convention); C.N.17.2002.TREATIES-2 of 9 January 2002 (proposal of corrections to the French text of the amendments to articles 11, 26 and 40 of the Convention) and C.N.329.2002.TREATIES-3 of 9 April 2002 (acceptance of the proposed corrections relating to the French text of the amendments relating to articles 11, 26 and 40 of the Convention); C.N.623.2003.TREATIES-1 of 19 June 2003 and doc. TRANS/WP.30/AC.2/63 (proposal of amendments to article 26, paragraph 1 of the Convention) and C.N.648.2004.TREATIES-1 of 21 June 2004 (Entry into force); C.N.630.2003.TREATIES-2 of 20 June 2003 and doc. TRANS/WP.30/AC.2/67 (proposal of amendments to annex 6 relating to article 38, paragraph 1 of the Convention) and C.N.807.2003.TREATIES-5 of 7 August 2003 (Entry into force); C.N.645.2003.TREATIES-3 of 23 June 2003 and doc. TRANS/WP.30/AC.2/69 and Corr.1 [proposal of amendments to annex 6 relating to article 2, paragraph 1(B) of annex 2of the Convention] and C.N.809.2003.TREATIES-5 of 7 August 2003 (Entry into force); C.N.216.2005.TREATIES-1 of 25 March 2005 and doc. Trans/WP.30/AC.2/71, Annex 2 [proposal of amendments to Article 1 (b) of the Convention] and C.N.519.2005.TREATIES-5 of 6 July 2005 (entry into force); C.N.218.2005.TREATIES-2 of 24 March 2005 and doc.  TRANS/WP.30/AC.2/75, Annex 2, Corrigendum) and C () (proposal of amendments to Annex 2, Article 3, paragraphs 9 and 10 and to Annex 7, Part 1, Article 4, paragraphs 9 and 10 of the Convention) [ <i>see also C.N.218.2005.TREATIES-2 (Re-issued) of 30 September 2005 </i>] and C.N.520.2005.TREATIES-6 of 6 July 2005 (Entry into force); C.N.367.2005.TREATIES-3 of 12 May 2005 (proposal of amendments to Annexes 1 and 9 of the Convention) and C.N.1350.2005.TREATIES-6 of 5 January 2006 (Entry into force); C.N.370.2005.TREATIES-4 of 12 May 2005 (proposal of amendments with regard to the introduction of a new Article 42 ter and the amendment of Article 60 of the Convention, together with the introduction of a new Annex 10) and C.N.383.2006.TREATIES-2 of 17 May 2006 (Entry into force); C.N.99.2006.TREATIES-1 of 30 January 2006 [Proposal of amendments regarding the addition of two new Explanatory Notes to Article 6.1.bis and Annex 8, Article 10 (B)] and C.N.397.2006.TREATIES-3 of 17 May 2006 (Entry into force); C.N.364.2008.TREATIES-1 (Reissued) of 6 August 2008 ((Proposals of amendments to paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 13 of annex 8 together with proposals to introduce new explanatory notes 8.13.1-3 and 8.13.2 to annex 6 of the Convention) and C.N.734.2008.TREATIES-2 of 2 October 2008 (Entry into force); C.N.736.2008.TREATIES-3 of 2 October 2008 (Correction to the French text of the Amendments to paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 13 of annex 8 together with proposals to introduce new explanatory notes 8.13.1-3 and 8.13.2 to Annex 6 of the Convention); C.N.48.2009.TREATIES-1 of 23 January 2009 (Proposals to introduce new explanatory note 0.3 (A)(III) to Annex 6 of the Convention) and C.N.387.2009.TREATIES-3 of 2 July 2009 (Entry into force); C.N.198.2009.TREATIES-2 of 8 April 2009 (Proposal of amendment to Annex 6, explanatory note 0.8.3); C.N.722.2009.TREATIES-10 - Reissued of 13 November 2009 (Non-acceptance of the proposal of amendment to Annex 6, explanatory note 0.8.3); C.N.321.2011.TREATIES-1 of 13 June 2011, re-issued on 3 August 2011, (Proposals of amendments to Annex 6 and Annex 9, Part I) and C.N.659.2011.TREATIES-3 (Entry into force of amendments to Annex 6 and to Annex 9, Part I); C.N.326.2011.TREATIES-2 of 13 June 2011, re-issued on 2 August 2011, (Proposals of amendments to Article 1, 8, 10 and 11 and to Annex 6 to the text of the Convention); C.N.264.2012.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 30 May 2012 (Proposal of corrections to the french text of the proposed amendments to Articles 1, 8 and 11 and Annex 6 of the Convention) and C.N.324.2012.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 18 June 2012 (Entry into force of amendments to articles 1, 8, 10 and 11 and to Annex 6 to the Convention); C.N.358.2012.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 10 July 2012 (Proposal of amendments to Article 6.2 bis and Annex 9 to the TIR Convention) and C.N.433.2013.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 12 July 2013 (Entry into force of amendments to Article 6.2 bis and Annex 9 to the TIR Convention); C.N.426.2014.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 24 June 2014 (Proposal of amendments to Annex 1, Annex 6 and Annex 9 to the TIR Convention) and C.N.661.2014.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 7 October 2014 (Entry into force); C.N.124.2016.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 4 April 2016 (Proposal of amendments to Annexes 2, 6 and 7) and C.N.742.2016.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 7 October 2016 (Entry into force); C.N.698.2017.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 3 November 2017 (Proposals of amendment to the body of the Convention) and C.N.556.2018.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 9 November 2018 (Entry into force); C.N.699.2017.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 3 November 2017 (Proposal of amendment to article 2 of the Convention) and C.N.557.2018.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 9 November 2018 (Proposal of amendment to article 2 of the Convention); C.N.700.2017.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 3 November 2017 (Proposal of amendments to annexes 6, 8 and 9 to the Convention) and C.N.201.2018.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 9 April 2018 (Entry into force); C.N.71.2020.Reissued.26022020.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 25 February 2020 (Proposal of amendments and introducing new Annex 11) and CN.81.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 3 March 2021 (Entry into force of amendments to the body of the Convention) and C.N.157.2021.TREATIES-XI-A-16 of 3 June 2021 (Entry into force of Annex 11);<superscript>2</superscript> C.N.513.2020.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 4 November 2020 (Proposal of amendments to the body of the Convention) and CN.370.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 15 November 2021 (Entry into force); C.N.514.2020.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 4 November 2020 (Proposal of amendment to annex 6 to the Convention) and C.N.85.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 9 March 2021 (Entry into force of amendment to annex 6); C.N.99.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 25 March 2021 (Proposal of amendments to Article 18 and to Annexes 1 and 6); C.N.158.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 3 June 2021 (Proposal of corrections to Annex 11) and C.N.268.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 of 8 September 2021 (Corrections to Annex 11).<superscript>3</superscript>The Convention was adopted by a revising Conference convened in accordance with article 46 of the TIR Convention of 15 January 1959 (see chapter XI.A-13). In accordance with its article 52(2), it was opened for signature from 1 January 1976 until 31 December 1976 inclusive at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
ParticipantSignatureDefinitive signature(s), Ratification, Acceptance(A), Approval(AA), Accession(a), Succession(d)Afghanistan23 Sep 1982 aAlbania 4 Jan 1985 aAlgeria28 Feb 1989 aArgentina31 Oct 2018 aArmenia 8 Dec 1993 aAustria27 Apr 1976 13 May 1977 Azerbaijan12 Jun 1996 aBelarus 5 Apr 1993 aBelgium22 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 Bosnia and Herzegovina<superscript>4</superscript> 1 Sep 1993 dBulgaria20 Oct 1977 aCanada21 Oct 1980 aChile 6 Oct 1982 aChina 5 Jul 2016 aCroatia<superscript>4</superscript> 3 Aug 1992 dCyprus 7 Aug 1981 aCzech Republic<superscript>5</superscript> 2 Jun 1993 dDenmark<superscript>6</superscript>21 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 Egypt16 Dec 2020 aEstonia21 Sep 1992 aEuropean Union30 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 AAFinland28 Dec 1976 27 Feb 1978 France30 Dec 1976 sGeorgia24 Mar 1994 aGermany<superscript>7,8</superscript>30 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 Greece30 Dec 1976 15 May 1980 Hungary23 Nov 1976 9 Mar 1978 India15 Jun 2017 aIndonesia11 Oct 1989 aIran (Islamic Republic of)16 Aug 1984 aIreland30 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 Israel14 Feb 1984 aItaly28 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 Jordan24 Dec 1985 aKazakhstan17 Jul 1995 aKuwait23 Nov 1983 aKyrgyzstan 2 Apr 1998 aLatvia19 Apr 1993 aLebanon25 Nov 1997 aLiberia16 Sep 2005 aLithuania26 Feb 1993 aLuxembourg23 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 Malta18 Feb 1977 aMongolia 1 Oct 2002 aMontenegro<superscript>9</superscript>23 Oct 2006 dMorocco15 Oct 1976 31 Mar 1983 Netherlands<superscript>10</superscript>28 Dec 1976 20 Dec 1982 ANorth Macedonia<superscript>4,11</superscript> 2 Dec 1993 dNorway11 Jan 1980 aOman29 Nov 2018 aPakistan21 Jul 2015 aPoland23 Dec 1980 aPortugal13 Feb 1979 aQatar25 Jan 2018 aRepublic of Korea29 Jan 1982 aRepublic of Moldova26 May 1993 aRomania14 Feb 1980 aRussian Federation 8 Jun 1982 aSaudi Arabia17 May 2018 aSerbia<superscript>4</superscript>28 Apr 1976 12 Mar 2001 dSlovakia<superscript>5</superscript>28 May 1993 dSlovenia<superscript>4</superscript> 6 Jul 1992 dSpain11 Aug 1982 aState of Palestine29 Dec 2017 aSweden17 Dec 1976 sSwitzerland<superscript>1</superscript> 4 Aug 1976 3 Feb 1978 Syrian Arab Republic11 Jan 1999 aTajikistan11 Sep 1996 aTunisia11 Jun 1976 13 Oct 1977 Turkey12 Nov 1984 aTurkmenistan18 Sep 1996 aUkraine<superscript>12</superscript>11 Oct 1994 dUnited Arab Emirates20 Apr 2007 aUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland22 Dec 1976 8 Oct 1982 United States of America18 Sep 1981 aUruguay24 Dec 1980 aUzbekistan28 Sep 1995 a
Declarations and Reservations(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were madeupon definitive signature, ratification, acceptance, approval, accession or succession.For objections thereto see hereinafter.)AfghanistanPursuant to article 58 (1), [. . .] Afghanistan will not be bound by the provisions of article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6, of the Convention.AlbaniaThe Council of Ministers of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania does not consider itself bound by article 57, para- graphs 2, 3, 4 and 6, of the Convention, which provide for recourse to compulsory arbitration for the interpretation and ap- plication of the Convention, and declares that in order for a dispute to be submitted to arbitration the agreement of all the parties to the dispute is necessary in each case.AlgeriaReservation:Pursuant to article 58, the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria does not consider itself bound by paragraphs 2 to 6 of article 57 concerning arbitration.Bulgaria<superscript>13</superscript>Declarations:The People's Republic of Bulgaria declares that article 52, paragraph 1, which restricts the participation by a certain number of States in the Convention, is in contradiction with the generally accepted principle of sovereign equality of States.The People's Republic of Bulgaria declares also that the possibility envisaged in article 52, paragraph 3, for customs or economic unions to become Contracting Parties to the Convention, does not bind Bulgaria with any obligations whatsoever with respect to these unions.ChinaReservation:The People’s Republic of China does not accept the constraints imposed in article 57, paragraphs 2 through 6, of the 1975 Convention on the International Transport of Goods.Territorial Application:Pending further notification by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the 1975 Convention on the International Transport of Goods shall not apply within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.Czech Republic<superscript>4</superscript>EgyptReservation:The Arab Republic of Egypt declares a reservation to article 57, paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, concerning the settlement through arbitration of disputes relating to the provisions of the Convention, in application of article 58 thereof. Accordingly, the Arab Republic of Egypt does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6.HungaryReservation:"The Hungarian People's Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions on compulsory arbitration contained in article 57 of the Convention."Declaration:"The Hungarian People's Republic draws attention to the fact that the provisions of paragraph 1 of article 52 of the Convention are at variance with the fundamental principles of international law. It follows from the generally accepted principle of sovereign equality of States that the Convention should be open for adherence by all States without any discrimination and restriction."IndiaReservation:“The Republic of India declares that it does not consider itself bound by Article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6 of the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention, 1975), concerning the settlement of disputes, arising out of the interpretation or application of its provisions, through arbitration by the arbitration tribunal.”Kuwait<superscript>14</superscript>Reservation:Excluding the application of article 57 (2) to (6).Understanding:It is understood that the accession by the State of Kuwait to the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975 does not mean in any way recognition of Israel by the State of Kuwait. Furthermore, no treaty relations will arise between the State of Kuwait and Israel.OmanReservation:… with a reservation to paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of article 57 relating to arbitration.PakistanReservation made upon accession:“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan declares, in terms of Article 58 of the Convention, that it would not be bound by the provisions of Article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6 of the Convention.”Poland<superscript>15</superscript>Declaration:The Polish People's Republic declares that the provisions of article 52, paragraph 3, of the Customs Convention on the In- ternational Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention), concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975, under which customs or economic unions may become Contracting Parties to that Convention, does not in any way alter the position of the Government of the Polish People's Republic with regard to the international organizations in question.RomaniaReservation:The Socialist Republic of Romania brings to knowledge that according to the provisions of paragraph 1, article 58 of the Cus- toms Convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention), concluded at Geneva, on November 14, l975, it does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraphs 2-6 of article 57 of this Convention.The Socialist Republic of Romania considers that the differ- ences between two or more contracting parties on the interpreta- tion or implementation of the Convention, which had not been settled by negotiations or in any other way, could be submitted to arbitration only with the consent of all parties in dispute, in each individual case.Declaration:The Socialist Republic of Romania considers that the provi- sions of article 52, paragraph 1 of the Convention do not concur with the principles according to which the international multilateral treaties, whose object and aim interest the international community in its entirety, should be opened to the universal participation.Russian Federation<i> (a) Declaration in respect of article 52, paragraph 1: </i>The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics considers that the provision of article 52, paragraph 1, of the 1975 Customs Con- vention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention), which restricts the participation of certain States in the Convention, is contrary to the generally recognized principle of the sovereign equality of States;<i>(b) Declaration in respect of article 52, paragraph 3 </i>:The participation of customs or economic unions in the 1975 Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) does not change the Soviet Union's position regarding different international organizations;<i> (c) Reservation in respect of article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6: </i>The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6, of the 1975 Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention), which provide for the submission of disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention to a court of arbitration at the request of one of the Parties in dispute, and declares that the agreement of all the Parties in dispute is required in each particular case for the submission of the dispute to a court of arbitration.Slovakia<superscript>4</superscript>Syrian Arab RepublicDeclaration:The accession of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Convention and its conclusion doesn't imply in any way a recognition of Israel or the involvement of the Syrian Arab Republic on matters administrated by this Convention with it.Reservation:The Syrian Arab Republic has acceded to the [said Convention], with a reservation concerning paragraphs 2 to 6 of Article 57 of the Convention.Objections (Unless otherwise indicated, the objections were made upon definitive signature, ratification, acceptance, approval, accession or succession.) Armenia<right>10 September 2009</right>Notification of objection pursuant to article 60 (1):“Pursuant to the procedure set forth in Article 60, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Convention, the Government of the Republic of Armenia wishes to express its objection with respect to the decision of the Administrative Committee for the 1975 TIR Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regarding a proposal of amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted at its forty-seventh session, held in Geneva on 5 February 2009.”Belgium[See objection under "European Community"]Denmark[See objection under "European Community"]European UnionIn respect of the declaration made by Bulgaria:16 August 1978. . . On behalf of the Member States of the European Economic Community and of the Community itself, of the reaction on the Community side to this statement by the People's Republic of Bulgaria. It should be recalled that the conference which took place in Geneva, from 8 to 14 November 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe for the purpose of revising the TIR Convention decided that customs or economic unions might become contracting parties to the Convention at the same time as all their Member States or at any time after all their Member States had become contracting parties to the Convention.In accordance with this provision as contained in article 52 (3) of the Convention the European Economic Community, which participated in the above-mentioned conference, signed the Convention on 30 December 1976.It shall also be recalled that the TIR Convention prohibits any reservation on the Convention, with the exception of reservations to the provisions contained in article 57 paragraphs (2) to (6) thereof on the compulsory settlement of disputes arising from the interpretation or application of the Convention. The statement made by Bulgaria concerning article 52 (3) has the appearance of a reservation to that provision, although such reservation is expressly prohibited by the Convention.The Community and the Member States therefore consider that under no circumstances can this statement be invoked against them and they regard it as entirely void.In respect of the declaration made by the German Democratic Republic:<i>[Same objection, mutatis mutandis, as the one made by Belgium, Denmark, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the European Economic Community with respect of the declaration made by Bulgaria.]</i>France[See objection under "European Community"]Georgia<right>30 September 2009</right>Notification of objection pursuant to article 60 (1):“Pursuant to the procedure set forth in paras 1 and 2 of the Article 60 of the Convention, the Government of Georgia would like to express its objection with regard to the decision of the Administrative Committee for the 1975 TIR Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), regarding the proposal to amend Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted at its forty-seventh session, held in Geneva on 5 February 2009.”Germany<superscript>8</superscript>[See objection under "European Community"]Iran (Islamic Republic of)<right>29 September 2009</right>Notification of objection under article 60 (1):“Pursuant to the procedure set forth in Article 60, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Convention, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran wishes to express its objection with respect to the decision of the Administrative Committee for the 1975 TIR Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regarding a proposal of amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted at its forty-seventh session held in Geneva on 5 February 2009.”Ireland[See objection under "European Community"]Italy[See objection under "European Community"]Kyrgyzstan<right>28 September 2009</right>Notification of objection pursuant to article 60 (1):Pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 60 of the Convention, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic wishes to express its objection to the decision taken by the Administrative Committee for the 1975 TIR Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regarding a proposal of amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted at its forty-seventh session, held inGeneva on 5 February 2009.Luxembourg[See objection under "European Community"]Netherlands[See objection under "European Community"]North Macedonia<right>29 September 2009</right>Notification of objection pursuant to article 60 (1):“Pursuant to the procedure set forth in Article 60, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Convention, [the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia] has the honour to notify of the objection of the Republic of Macedonia with respect to the decision of the Administrative Committee for the 1975 TIR Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regarding aproposal of amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted at its forty-seventh session, held in Geneva on 5 February 2009.”Syrian Arab Republic<right>14 September 2009</right>“Pursuant to the procedure set forth in Article 60, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Convention, the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic wishes to express its objection with respect to the decision of the Administrative Committee for the 1975 TIR Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regarding a proposal of amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted at its forty-seventh session held in Geneva on 5 February 2009.”Tajikistan<right>30 September 2009</right>Notification of objection pursuant to article 60 (1):According to Article 60, Paragraph[s] 1 and 2 of the Convention, the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan disagrees with the decision made by the Administrative Committee of the TIR Convention 1975 of the UN European Economic Commission, with regard to the amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3 that was adopted in the city of Geneva on February 5, 2009.Turkey<right>28 September 2009</right>Notification of objection pursuant to article 60 (1):" … [W]ith reference to Depositary Notification (Ref.: C.N. 198.2009.TREATIES-2) dated 8 April 2009 … [the Government of Turkey] objects to the proposed amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3 of the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets."United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland[See objection under "European Community"]Territorial Application
ParticipantDate of receipt of the notificationTerritories
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 8 Oct 1982Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bailiwick of Jersey, Gibraltar and Isle of Man
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.2On 22 March 2021, the Government of Switzerland notified the Secretary-General that it does not accept at this time Annex 11 to the TIR Convention circulated in C.N.71.2020.Reissued.26022020.TREATIES-XI.A.16. (See CN.102.2021.TREATIES-XI.A.16 for the notification.)3Amendments to the Convention and annexes were adopted as follows: 4Amendments to:Author of the proposal:Date of circulation:Date of entry into force: Annexes 2 and 6Sweden22 Dec 19781 Aug 1979 Annexes 1 and 6Federal Republic of Germany7 Jan 19801 Oct 1980 Annex 6France8 Dec 19801 Oct 1981 Annex 6France15 Mar 19821 Oct 1982 Annex 6Czechoslovakia*19 Dec 19831 Aug 1984 Annex 6United Kingdom21 Nov 19841 Aug 1985 Annex 1European Economic Community3 Feb 19861 Aug 1986 Annex 2Sweden and Federal Republic of Germany3 Feb 19861 Aug 1986 Annex 6Federal Republic of Germany3 Feb 19861 Aug 1986 Annexes 1, 6 and 7Belgium, European Economic Community, Germany, Federal Republic of, and Sweden31 Mar 19871 Aug 1987 Annex 2Federal Republic of Germany23 Feb 19881 Aug 1988 Article 18 and annex 1Austria23 Feb 198823 May 1989** Annexes 2 and 7Various Parties30 Mar 19891 Aug 1989 Annexes 2, 6 and 7Various Parties26 Mar 19901 Aug 1990 Annex 6Sweden15 Feb 19911 Aug 1991 Annexes 2 and 7Sweden21 Jan 19921 Aug 1992 Annex 6Sweden24 Mar 19931 Aug 1993 Article 16Sweden24 Mar 199324 Jun 1994 Annex 8Netherlands24 Mar 199324 Jun 1994 Annexes 1 and 6Netherlands27 Apr 19941 Oct 1994 Annex 7Germany27 Apr 19941 Oct 1994 Annexes 2, 6 and 7Sweden27 Apr 19941 Oct 1994 Annexes 1, 4 and 6***Germany, Sweden and European Community5 Apr 19951 Aug 1995 Convention and annexes 6 and 8Administrative Committee17 Nov 199717 Feb 1999 Article 3 and annexes 2 et 7Administrative Committee12 Feb 200112 Jun 2001**** Convention and annexes 1 and 6Administrative Committee12 Feb 200112 May 2002 Annex 6 relating to article 38, paragraph 1Administrative Committee20 Jun 20037 Nov2003 Annex 6, relating article 2, paragraph 1 (b) of annex 2Administrative Committee23 Jun 20037 Nov 2003 Annex 26, paragraph 1Administrative Committee29 Jun 200319 Sep 2004 Article 1 (b)Administrative Committee24 Mar 20051 Oct 2005 Annex 2, Article 3, paragraphs 9 and 10 and to Annex 7, Part 1, Article 4, paragraphs 9 and 10Administrative Committee24 Mar 20051 Oct 2005 Annexes 1 and 9Administrative Committee12 May 20051 Apr 2006 Introduction of a new Article 42 ter and the amendment of Article 60 of the Convention, together with the introduction of a new Annex 10Administrative Committee12 May 200512 August 2006 Amendments regarding the addition of two new Explanatroy Notes to Article 6.2.bis and Annex 8, Article 10 (B)].Administrative Committee30 Jan 200612 August 2006 Amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3Administrative Committe5 February 2009*****
**As for the entry into force of the amendment to Annex 1 (model of the TIR Carnet, Rules regarding the use of the TIR carnet, Rule 5), which was proposed as a consequence of the proposed amendment to article 18 of the Convention, the Administrative Committee decided, in accordance with article 60 (1) of the Convention that the said amendments should come into force on the same date as the amendment to article 18 of the Convention, i.e., 23 May 1989. ***The Secretary-General received objections from the the Government of Czech Republic on 1 May 1995 and Romania on 28 April 1995 with respect to Annex 6. None of the Contracting Parties to the above Convention having expressed an objection by 1 May 1995 to the amendments to Annexes 1 and 4, and less than one-fifth of the Contracting Parties having informed the Secretary-General that they reject the amendments to annex 6 by 1 May 1995, the amendments in question, in accordance with the decision of the Administrative Committee, taken at its seventeenth session held in Geneva on 20 and 21 October 1994, entered into force on 1 August 1995. ****Annexes 2 and 7 only. By 12 February 2002, none of the Contracting Parties to the above-mentioned Convention hadated an objection to the proposal of amendments to Article 3 the Secretary-General. Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of article 59 (3) of the Convention, the amendments to Article 3 of the Convention will enter into force on 12 May 2002 for all Contracting Parties. *****By 1 October 2009, more than five of the States which are Parties to the above Convention (Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) have notified the Secretary-General of their objection to the proposed amendment to Annex 6, Explanatory Note 0.8.3, adopted by the Administrative Committee at its forty-seventh session held in Geneva on 5 February 2009. Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of article 59 (4) of the above Convention, the amendment is deemed not to have been accepted and has no effect.
4The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 28 April 1976 and 20 September 1977, respectively. See also note 1 regarding “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.5Czechoslovakia had acceded to the Convention on 25 February 1981, with a reservation and a declaration. For the text of the reservation and the declaration, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 1216, p. 327. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.6The ratification does not extend to the Faeroe Islands. Subsequently, the Secretary-General received, on 13 April 1987, from the Government of Denmark a communication declaring that the Convention will apply to the Faeroe Islands as from 10 April 1987.7See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.8The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Convention on 21 July 1978 with a reservation and a declaration. For the text of the reservation and the declaration, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 1098, p. 368. See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.9See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.10For the Kingdom in Europe and the Netherlands Antilles. See also note 1 under “Netherlands” regarding Aruba/Netherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.11On 12 April 1994, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Greece the following communication:"Succession of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention), concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975, does not imply its recognition on behalf of the Hellenic Republic."See also note 1 under “Greece” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.12The Government of Ukraine informed the Secretary-General that although, being a part of the USSR, Ukraine as one of the States Members of the United Nations since its inception, a number of provisions set forth in the Convention pertained solely to the competence of the Government of the Soviet Union. Furthermore, the Government of Ukraine specified that, from the time of the Soviet Union's participation in the TIR Convention, its provisions were extended also to the territory of Ukraine because Ukraine was an inalienable part of the USSR and also Ukraine, as a former Soviet Republic, shared borders with other States, and the relevant customs agencies of the Soviet Union were located in its territory. In accordance with the Act proclaiming the succession of Ukraine of 12 September 1991 and the Act of 15 July 1994 proclaiming the participation of Ukraine in the Convention, Ukraine reaffirmed its participation in the TIR Convention as from 12 September 1991.13In 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 respect to article 57 (2) to (6). For the text of the reservation, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 1079, p. 296.14On 9 January 1984, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Israel, the following communication:"The Government of the State of Israel has noted that the instrument by Kuwait contains a declaration of political character in respect of Israel. In the view of the Government of the State of Israel this Convention is not the place for making such political pronouncements. Moreover, the said declaration cannot in any way affect whatever obligations are binding upon the Government of the State of Kuwait under general international law or under specific Conventions."The Government of the State of Israel will, in regard to the substance of the matter, adopt towards the Government of the State of Kuwait an attitude of complete reciprocity."15On 16 October 1997, the Government of Poland notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw its reservation with regard to article 57, paragraphs 2 to 6 of the Convention made upon accession. For the text of the reservation see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol.1208, p.549.