CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
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Custom Matters
7Additional Protocol to the Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and MaterialNew York, 4 June 195428 June 1956, in accordance with article 10.11 September 1957, No. 3992Signatories25Parties741United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 276, p. 191.The Convention was adopted by the United Nations Conference on Customs Formalities for the Temporary Importation of Private Road Motor Vehicles and for Tourism, held at the Headquarters of the United Nations, New York, from 11 May to 4 June 1954. It also adopted the Additional Protocol to the said Convention, relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and Material, and the Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Private Road Vehicles. The Conference was convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with resolution <a href="/doc/source/docs/E_RES_1953_468-E.pdf" target="_blank">468 F (XV)</a><superscript>2</superscript> adopted by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations on 15 April 1953. For the text of the Final Act of the Conference, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 276, p. 191.
Participant<superscript>3,4</superscript>SignatureRatification, Accession(a), Succession(d)Albania 9 Aug 2010 aAlgeria31 Oct 1963 aArgentina 4 Jun 1954 19 Dec 1986 Australia 6 Jan 1967 aAustria 4 Jun 1954 30 Mar 1956 Barbados 5 Mar 1971 dBelgium 4 Jun 1954 21 Feb 1955 Bulgaria 7 Oct 1959 aCambodia 4 Jun 1954 Central African Republic15 Oct 1962 aChile15 Aug 1974 aCosta Rica20 Jul 1954 4 Sep 1963 Cuba 4 Jun 1954 29 Jun 1964 Cyprus16 May 1963 dCzech Republic<superscript>5</superscript> 2 Jun 1993 dDenmark13 Oct 1955 aEcuador 4 Jun 1954 30 Aug 1962 Egypt 4 Jun 1954 4 Apr 1957 El Salvador18 Jun 1958 aFiji31 Oct 1972 aFinland21 Jun 1962 aFrance 4 Jun 1954 24 Apr 1959 Germany<superscript>6,7</superscript> 4 Jun 1954 16 Sep 1957 Ghana16 Jun 1958 aGreece<superscript>8</superscript>15 Jan 1974 aHaiti 4 Jun 1954 12 Feb 1958 Holy See 4 Jun 1954 Honduras15 Jun 1954 Hungary29 Oct 1963 aIndia15 Feb 1957 aIran (Islamic Republic of) 3 Apr 1968 aIreland14 Aug 1967 aIsrael 1 Aug 1957 aItaly 4 Jun 1954 12 Feb 1958 Jamaica11 Nov 1963 dJapan 2 Dec 1954 7 Sep 1955 Jordan18 Dec 1957 aLebanon16 Mar 1971 aLiberia16 Sep 2005 aLithuania 1 Dec 2005 aLuxembourg 6 Dec 1954 21 Nov 1956 Malaysia 7 May 1958 dMali11 Jun 1974 aMalta29 Jul 1968 dMauritius18 Jul 1969 dMexico 4 Jun 1954 13 Jun 1957 Monaco 4 Jun 1954 Montenegro<superscript>9</superscript>23 Oct 2006 dMorocco25 Sep 1957 aNepal21 Sep 1960 aNetherlands<superscript>10</superscript> 4 Jun 1954 7 Mar 1958 New Zealand<superscript>11</superscript>17 Aug 1962 aNigeria26 Jun 1961 dNorway10 Oct 1961 aPanama 4 Jun 1954 Peru16 Jan 1959 aPhilippines 4 Jun 1954 19 Feb 1960 Poland16 Mar 1960 aPortugal18 Sep 1958 aRomania26 Jan 1961 aRussian Federation17 Aug 1959 aRwanda 1 Dec 1964 dSenegal19 Apr 1972 aSerbia<superscript>12</superscript>12 Mar 2001 dSierra Leone13 Mar 1962 dSingapore22 Nov 1966 dSlovakia<superscript>5</superscript>28 May 1993 dSolomon Islands 3 Sep 1981 dSpain 5 Sep 1958 aSweden 4 Jun 1954 11 Jun 1957 Switzerland<superscript>1</superscript> 4 Jun 1954 23 May 1956 Syrian Arab Republic<superscript>13</superscript>26 Mar 1959 Tonga11 Nov 1977 dTrinidad and Tobago11 Apr 1966 dTunisia20 Jun 1974 aTurkey26 Apr 1983 aUganda15 Apr 1965 aUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland<superscript>3,14</superscript> 4 Jun 1954 27 Feb 1956 United Republic of Tanzania22 Jun 1964 aUruguay 4 Jun 1954
Declarations and Reservations<superscript>15</superscript>(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 15 of the Protocol concerning compulsory arbitration and declares that the agreement of all the parties in dispute is required for the sub mission of each individual dispute to arbitration.Bulgaria<superscript>16,17</superscript>CubaThe Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 of article 15 of the Protocol.Czech Republic<superscript>5</superscript>Fiji"Fiji shall not be bound by Article 2 of the Additional Proto- col in so far as it refers to unframed photographs and unframed photographic enlargements; but undertakes to allow the tempor- ary duty and tax free admission of these articles under the provi- sions applicable to Article 3 of the Protocol."Hungary"The Hungarian People's Republic does not consider itself bound by the terms of paragraphs 2 and 3 of article 15 of the Protocol."Malta"Notwithstanding article 3 of the Additional Protocol the duty-free temporary importation into Malta of display material (e.g., showcases, stands and similar articles), sound recordings and flags, shall be subject to the making of a deposit with the Comptroller of Customs equivalent to the amount of duty payable on the goods allowed to be temporarily imported or to the giving of a security for such duty."Poland<superscript>17,18</superscript>Romania<superscript>17</superscript>The Romanian People's Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 15, paragraphs 2 and 3, of the additional Protocol. The position of the Romanian People's Re- public is that a dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Additional Protocol may be submitted to arbitration only with the agreement of all the parties in dispute and that only persons nominated by unanimous agreement of the parties in dispute may act as arbitrators.Russian FederationThe Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, considering that disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the Additional Protocol to the Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring can be decided by arbitration, declares that a dispute may be submitted to arbitration only with the agreement of all the parties in dispute and only persons nominated by unanimous agreement of the parties in dispute may act as arbitrators.Slovakia<superscript>5</superscript>TunisiaA dispute may be submitted to arbitration only with the agreement of all the parties in dispute.Uganda"Notwithstanding Articles 2, 3 and 4, the Government of Uganda reserves the right to require temporary importation per- mits in respect of any item specified therein which may be or be come dutiable at any time."United Republic of Tanzania<superscript>19</superscript>"Notwithstanding articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Additional Proto- col, the Government of the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar [Tanzania] reserves the right to require temporary im- portation permits in respect of any item specified therein which may at any time be dutiable."Territorial Application
ParticipantDate of receipt of the notificationTerritories
Belgium21 Feb 1955Belgian Congo and Trust Territory of Ruanda-UrundiNetherlands<superscript>10</superscript> 7 Mar 1958Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands New Guinea and SurinameNew Zealand<superscript>11</superscript>21 May 1963Cook Islands (including Niue)Portugal<superscript>4</superscript>18 Sep 1958Overseas Provinces30 Mar 1983MacauUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland<superscript>3,14,20</superscript> 7 Aug 1957Cyprus, Federation of Malaya, Jamaica, Malta, North Borneo, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalian Protectorate, Tonga and Zanzibar14 Jan 1958Brunei, Antigua, Mauritius, Sarawak, St. Vincent, Gambia, Montserrat, Federation of Nigeria, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Gibraltar, Virgin Islands, Grenada, St. Helena and Dominica; and Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika with reservations16 Jun 1959Barbados12 Sep 1960British Honduras11 Nov 1960Hong Kong 9 Jan 1961St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla15 Sep 1961Trinidad and Tobago 5 Feb 1962British Guiana
1On 16 June 1975, the Government of Switzerland declared that the provisions of the Convention apply to the Principality of Liechtenstein so long as it is linked to Switzerland by a customs union treaty.2<i>Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Fifteenth Session, </i> Supplement No. 1 (E/2419), p. 93The 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.4On 29 September and on 19 October 1999, the Secretary-General received communications regarding the status of Macao from China and Portugal (see also note 3 under “China” and note 1 under “Portgual” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume). Upon resuming the exercise of sovereignty over Macao, China notified the Secretary-General that the Convention will continue to apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region.5Czechoslovakia had acceded to the Protocol on 8 March 1967, with a reservation. For the text of the reservation, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 596, p. 544. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.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.8In a notification received on 4 April 1974, the Government of Greece stated that it accepted the decisions, recommendations and dec- larations contained in the Final Act of the Conference.9See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.10See note 1 under “Netherlands” regarding Aruba/Netherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.11See note 1 under “New Zealand” regarding Tokelau in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.12The former Yugoslavia had acceeded to the Additional Protocol on 10 July 1958. 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.13Notification by the United Arab Republic. See also note 1 under ”United Arab Republic” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.14In a notification received on 4 March 1959, the Government of the United Kingdom gave notice of the withdrawal of the reservation to article 2 and informed the Secretary-General that "the United Kingdom has been giving full effect to article 2 of the Additional Protocol since the 1st of January 1959 . . .". For the text of that reservation, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 276, p. 204.15In a communication received on 16 September 1968, the Government of Japan notified the Secretary-General that, in accordance with paragraph 7 of article 14 of the Protocol, it "reserves the right of not extending to the States making reservations the benefit of the provisions to which such reservations apply".16Subsequently, in a communication received on 6 May 1994, the Government of Bulgaria notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the reservation made upon accession to article 15 (2) and (3). For the text of the reservation, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 348, p. 358. See also note 16 in this chapter.17The Governments of Italy and Switzerland have notified the Secretary-General that they object to this reservation.18On 16 October 1997, the Government of Poland notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw its reservation with regard to article 15 of the Additional Protocol made upon accession. For the text of the reservation see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 367, p. 334. See also note 16 in this chapter.19In a communication received on 2 August 1965, the Government of Portugal notified the Secretary-General that, in accordance with paragraph 7 of article 20 and paragraph 7 of article 14, respectively, of the Convention and Additional Protocol, Portugal reserves the right of not extending to the United Republic of Tanzania the benefit of those provisions of the Convention and the Additional Protocol to which apply the reservations made upon accession by the United Republic of Tanzania.20With the following reservation: "Notwithstanding articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Additional Protocol, the Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika reserve the right to require temporary importation permits in respect of any item specified therein which may at any time be dutiable."