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CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
A . Custom Matters
17 . International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods
Geneva, 21 October 1982
Entry into force
:
15 October 1985, in accordance with article 17(1).
Registration :
15 October 1985, No. 23583
Status :
Signatories : 13. Parties : 57. 1
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1409, p. 3; and depositary notification C.N.81.1984.TREATIES-3 of 4 May 1984 (procès-verbal of rectification of French authentic text); C.N.222.2007.TREATIES-1 of 20 February 2007 (Proposal of a new Annex 8 to the Convention) and C.N.127.2008.TREATIES-1 of 25 February 2008 (Entry into force of Annex 8); C.N.157.2008.TREATIES-1 of 25 March 2008 (Correction of the English and French texts of the new Annex 8 to the Convention); C.N.552.2010.TREATIES-2 of 31 August 2010 reissued on 13 March 2013 (Proposal of a new annex 9 to the Convention); C.N.534.2011.TREATIES-1 of 1 September 2011 (Entry into force of Annex 9 to the Convention).2
Note :
The Convention was elaborated by the Inland Transport Committee of the Economic Commission for Europe and was opened for signature in Geneva from 1 April 1983 to 31 March 1984.

Participant
Signature
Ratification, Accession(a), Acceptance(A), Approval(AA), Succession(d)
Albania
  28 Dec 2004 a
Armenia
   8 Dec 1993 a
Austria
  22 Jul 1987 a
Azerbaijan
   8 May 2000 a
Belarus
   5 Apr 1993 a
Belgium
31 Jan 1984
12 Jun 1987
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3
   1 Sep 1993 d
Bulgaria
  27 Feb 1998 a
Croatia 3
  20 May 1994 d
Cuba
  15 Apr 1992 a
Cyprus
   1 Jul 2002 a
Czech Republic 4
  30 Sep 1993 d
Denmark
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Estonia
   4 Mar 1996 a
European Union
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Finland
   8 Aug 1985 a
France
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Georgia
   2 Jun 1999 a
Germany 5, 6
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Greece
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Hungary
21 Dec 1983
26 Jan 1984 AA
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  18 May 2010 a
Ireland
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Italy
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Jordan
  13 Nov 2008 a
Kazakhstan
  25 Jan 2005 a
Kyrgyzstan
   2 Apr 1998 a
Lao People's Democratic Republic
  29 Sep 2008 a
Latvia
  18 Dec 2003 a
Lesotho
  30 Mar 1988 a
Liberia
  16 Sep 2005 a
Lithuania
   7 Dec 1995 a
Luxembourg
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Mongolia
   2 Nov 2007 a
Montenegro 7
  23 Oct 2006 d
Morocco
  25 Sep 2012 a
Netherlands 8
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987 A
Norway
  10 Jul 1985 a
Poland
   6 Dec 1996 a
Portugal
  10 Nov 1987 a
Republic of Moldova
   3 Dec 2008 a
Romania
  10 Nov 2000 a
Russian Federation
  28 Jan 1986 a
Serbia 3
  12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 4
  28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 3
   6 Jul 1992 d
South Africa
  24 Feb 1987 a
Spain
   2 Jul 1984 a
Sweden
  15 Jul 1985 a
Switzerland 1
25 Jan 1984
21 Jan 1986
Tajikistan
  28 Dec 2011 a
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 3
  20 Dec 1999 d
Tunisia
  11 Mar 2009 a
Turkey
  21 Mar 2006 a
Ukraine
  12 Sep 2003 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 9
 1 Feb 1984
12 Jun 1987
Uzbekistan
  27 Nov 1996 a
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession, acceptance, approval or succession.)
Cuba

Reservation:
       [The Government of Cuba declares that] it does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7, and that any disputes that may arise among the parties must be resolved by means of negotiation through the diplomatic channel.

Cyprus 10

1 August 2002


Reservation in respect of article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7:
       "The Republic of Cyprus does not consider itself bound by article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7, of the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods concerning the settlement of disputes."
       

Hungary

Reservation made upon signature and confirmed upon approval:
       "The Government of the Hungarian's People's Republic does not consider itself bound by Article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7, of this Convention."

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Reservation:
       " ... pursuant to Article 21, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not consider itself bound by the provisions of Article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7, concerning the settlement of disputes."

Russian Federation

Reservation:

Regarding article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7:
       The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics does not consider itself bound by article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7, of the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods concerning the settlement of disputes;

Declaration:

Regarding article 16:
       The participation in the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods of regional economic integration organizations constituted by sovereign States does not alter the position of the Soviet Union with regard to such international organizations.

South Africa
       "South Africa does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7, of this Convention."

Switzerland
       The Government of Switzerland declared that it accepts resolution No. 230 adopted by the Inland Transport Committee on 4 February 1983, concerning Technical Assistance Measures for the Implementation of the Convention.

Turkey 11

13 October 2007


Reservation regarding article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7:
       "The Republic of Turkey does not consider itself bound by article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7 of the Convention."

End Note
1.On 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.
2.The rectification was proposed by the Secretary-General on 19 January 1984.  It was effected on 18 April in the absence of any objections.
3.The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 29 March 1984 and 2 July 1985, respectively. 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.
4.Czechoslovakia had acceded to the Convention on 6 September 1991.  See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
5.The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Convention on 22 April 1987, with the following declaration:

The German Democratic Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 20, paragraphs 2 to 7 of the Convention according to which a dispute regarding the interpretation or application of the Convention not settled by negotiation shall be subject to arbitration upon the request of one of the Contracting Parties party to the dispute.

In this connection the German Democratic Republic takes the view that in each case the consent of all contracting parties to the dispute is required to settle a dispute by arbitration.

See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

6.See note 1 under “Germany” Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
8.For the Kingdom in Europe, for the Netherlands Antilles and for Aruba. See also note 1 under “Netherlands” regarding Aruba/Netherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
9.For the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Saint Helena and Saint Helena Dependencies.
10.By 7 August 2003, i.e. within a period of one year from the date of its notification (that is to say, 8 August 2002) no objection had been notified to the Secretary-General. Consequently, in keeping with the depositary practice followed in similar cases, the Secretary-General proposed to receive the reservation in  question for deposit.
11.Within a period of one year from the date of the depositary notification transmitting the reservation  (C.N.845.2006.TREATIES-2 of 13 October 2006), none of the Contracting Parties to the said Convention had notified the Secretary-General of an objection either to the deposit itself or to the procedure envisaged. Consequently, the reservation in question was accepted for deposit upon the above-stipulated one year period, that is on 13 October 2007.