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Minister of Foreign Affairs
on 2 December. March 1956
on access of the Czechoslovak Republic to the International Convention to facilitate the
importation of commercial samples and advertising material, agreed in Geneva on
on 7 November 1952
On The VII. the meeting of the parties to the General Agreement on tariffs and trade in
Geneva was the day 7. November 1952 negotiated International Convention on
facilitate the importation of commercial samples and advertising material.
According to article XI of this Convention became effective on the thirtieth day after
the date on which it was composed, the fifteenth instrument of ratification, acceptance or
access, t j. on 20 June 2001. November 1955.
Government has shown its resolution of 14 May 2003. September 1955 consent
The Czechoslovak Republic to this Convention. President of the Republic ratified the
This Convention on 22 November. October 1955 and the instruments of ratification were composed of the day
January 12, 1956, in accordance with article X of this Convention with the Secretary
Of the United Nations.
According to article XI of this Convention became effective for each
acceding Government on the thirtieth day after the date on which this Government has passed its
the instrument of ratification, acceptance or access, therefore, acquired for the
The Czechoslovak Republic on 11 March 2006. February 1956.
In addition to the Czechoslovak Republic to this Convention are not yet bound by these
States: Australia (valid also for territories for whose external relations
Australia matches), Denmark, Egypt, Finland, India (with reservations),
Indonesia, Japan, the German Federal Republic (with reservations), the Netherlands
(valid for the European territory, Suriname, Netherlands New Guinea,
Netherlands Antilles), Norway, Pakistan, Greece, the United Kingdom (including
the Isle of Man), Spain (with reservations), Sweden and Switzerland.
Czech translation of the International Convention to facilitate the importation of commercial samples and
advertising material shall be delivered as a separate part of the annex to
The collection of laws. ^ 1)
THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
to facilitate the importation of commercial samples and advertising material.
Governments that have signed this Convention,
convinced that the adoption of uniform rules concerning the
import of samples of goods of all kinds, whether natural or
products and advertising material, will support the expansion of the international
have agreed as follows:
For the purposes of this Convention:
and) the term ' import charges ' shall mean customs duties and all other duties, taxes, and benefits
levied on importation or in connection with importation, as well as consumer
dose and internal taxes which is subject to import goods, with the exception of
fees and charges which are limited in amount to the approximate cost
proven services and which do not produce an indirect protection to domestic products,
or a taxation of imports for fiscal purposes;
(b) the term "person") means the physical or legal person;
c) talking about the territory of the Contracting Party shall mean the territory of the parent and the
any other territory for which the Contracting Party is an internationally
responsible and which are in accordance with the provisions of article XIII subject to this
Exemption of samples of negligible value from import levies.
1. each Contracting Party shall exempt from import levies in samples of goods of every
the species imported into its territory, if they have only little value and
If not for anything other than to have been obtained in order to
imports of goods orders presented in these samples. When deciding on the
whether or not a tiny samples of value, the Customs authorities
the importing country may take into account the value of each individual sample
or the total value of all samples that make up part of the same shipment. When
the implementation of this paragraph will not be the value of consignments from one
by the shipper to several recipients on the sečítána, even if these shipments are
imported at the same time.
2. the Customs authorities of the importing country may require that samples are to be
relief from import duties provided for in paragraph 1 of this article, the
made certain as goods, označkováním, articles,
prodirkováním., without, however, this change had the effect that the
their character as samples.
The release of the other samples with a temporary exemption from import levies.
1. In this article it is understood by the term "samples" of such goods
represents a particular type of goods already produced or models of goods whose
production is being prepared, provided that:
and that belongs to the person) established in a foreign country and that they are imported only to
It was submitted or presented in the importing country for the purpose of obtaining
orders for goods to be shipped from abroad;
(b)) that will not be sold, or intended for any other use other than normal to
demonstration and that it will not be used in any other way, whether in the
hire or for consideration for his stay in the importing country;
(c)) that are intended for re-export, in good time and
(d)) that it is possible to determine their identity, but when the re-export of
It does not apply to those cases where the same person or the same are imported
recipients receive the same subjects in such quantity that the assessed
the sum do not have already the nature of samples under ordinary commercial usage.
2. the samples are subject to the import levies, imported from the territory of one of the Contracting
by persons established in the territory of another Contracting Party, either
through the salesman or without him will be temporarily
released without the import levy on the territory of each of the Contracting Parties,
If cash is the security for the import levies and other amounts, which would
Alternatively, were required, or if you can guarantee any
payment. Security to be established (with the exception of those that could be
required by article 4(1). VI of this Convention) shall not, however, exceed the amount of
import levies, increased by 10%.
3. The persons covered by it, could achieve the benefits provided for in this
the article must follow laws and regulations issued by the authorities in this matter
the importing country and to observe the customs legislation in force in this country. If
vehicles and industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment, which
the customs value in excess of $1000 (United States of America or
their equivalent value in another currency), importers may be saved to
announce the destination of these machines, equipment and vehicles; Moreover, it can
be required by the Customs authorities of the importing country, that have shown that at any time
These machines, equipment and vehicles are notified. The Customs authorities of the
importing countries can these machines, equipment and vehicles to seal or
Another way to prevent their operation for the time specified for the temporary
bezcelnost and define the space, where they can be listed in the remove and presented.
4. For later identification of the samples the Customs authorities of the importing country
will be fundamentally recognize as sufficient tagging made by the Customs authorities
some Contracting Parties, provided that these samples will be accompanied by a
a detailed description of authenticated by the Customs authorities of that Contracting Party. For more
tagging of samples can be done only if the customs
the authorities of the importing country is considered necessary to ensure the identification of specimens
their re-exportation. Tagging of samples must not cause their
5. the period for the re-exportation of samples is allowed enjoying exemption
from the import levy pursuant to this article shall be determined at least six
months. After the time limit for re-exportation, import levies and
other amounts required will be selected from the samples that were not
back to be exported. They can also be selected before the end of this period of
samples will no longer comply with the conditions laid down in the first paragraph
6. when the return within a specified period made export samples
imported under the conditions referred to in this article, will be the return of compound
amounts or release of the security compound when the imports referred to in the second paragraph of
This article made some border without delay or
inland Customs Office so authorised, where applicable, after the deduction of
levies and other amounts from the samples, which were not submitted to the retrospective
export. The deposited amount may be refunded in certain specific
circumstances in any other way, provided that this return will be free
delay performed. Each Contracting Party shall publish a list of Customs offices
authorised to carry out such operations.
The importation of advertising material exempted from import duties.
1. each Contracting Party shall exempt from import levies, price lists and catalogs
prospectuses relating to the
and) the goods put up for sale or hire, or
(b)) the provision of the services offered in the field of transport or business
insurance by a person established in the territory of another Contracting Party,
If these documents are imported from the territory of any Contracting Party
under the condition that each consignment
even just from a single) is made up of a document, or
II) contains only one copy of each document consists of multiple
(iii)) if its gross weight does not exceed 1 kg, whether composed of any
the number of documents and their copies. Current send more shipments to various
recipients in the importing country is not an obstacle to the customs exemption, if
each recipient is sent only one consignment.
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of the first paragraph of this article, a Contracting Party
not be obliged to exempt from import levies on importation into their territory of:
a) catalogues, price lists and brochures that are not conspicuously
the name of a foreign undertaking which produces, sells or hires out
the goods, or which offers the services work in transport and trade
insurance covered those catalogues, price lists or brochures;
b) catalogues, price lists and brochures, which are cited in the
free circulation, to the Customs authorities of the importing country, in the aggregate shipments to
then were sent out to individual recipients in the territory.
Dismissal of advertising films with temporary relief from import duties.
Under the conditions specified in article III of this Convention, each Contracting Party
relief under this article shall provide to the cinematographic positive
movies about the advertising nature of a width not exceeding 16 mm, if sufficiently
shown to the Customs authorities, that the spawning stock of movies mainly photos
(with or without audio zones), presenter of the nature or the operation of
products or materials whose properties cannot be appropriately shown with
samples or catalogs, on condition that these movies:
and) apply to products or equipment made up for sale or
hire by a person established in the territory of one of the Contracting Parties;
(b)) are such that they can be presented to potential customers, not
However, screened publicly;
c) are imported in a package containing only one copy of each film and
where part of the major shipments of movies.
A temporary exemption from prohibitions and restrictions on import.
1. No party will not use import prohibitions and restrictions
(other than the import levy, whether by the contingents, import
permit or other measures, to goods originating in the territory of another
the Contracting Parties:
and) that enjoys exemption from import levies in accordance with the provisions of articles
(Ii) or (IV) of this Convention (or that this exemption should enjoy, if
subject to duty), or
(b)) that is placed, and temporary relief in accordance with the provisions of articles
III or V of this Convention (or that should enjoy such exemption, if
subject to duty),
If the importation of the goods does not result in any payment except for payment
freight and insurance, or to pay for the services provided by the importing
the country of the person in it.
2. in respect of goods placed under the temporary customs arrangements
in accordance with articles III or V of this Convention (or that it should enjoy, if
subject to duty), exemption from import prohibitions and restrictions shall only apply for the period
you are allowed to release with a temporary customs exemption (or would
It was enabled, if this item is subject to duty). If this item is not
re-exported within the period for which it was permitted exemptions from the prohibition on
the restrictions referred to in paragraph 1 of this article, the authorities of the importing country may
to take the measures that would be implemented, if the exemption of the prohibitions and
restrictions not been enabled. The authorities of the importing country may, for that purpose,
to request adequate guarantees, such as the composition of the special security, different from the
security to be established to ensure the import levies.
3. the provisions of this Convention shall not prevent a Contracting Party could
use of import prohibitions or restrictions:
a) necessary to protect public morality or the essential interests of
b) necessary to protect the life and health of humans, animals and plants;
(c)) on imports of gold or silver;
(d)) required to ensure the preservation of the laws and regulations
relating to the application of customs legislation, government monopolies and protection
patents, trademarks, copyright and reproduction;
(e)) necessary for the prevention of deceptive practices;
f) relating to the products of prisoners;
g) necessary for the implementation of the standards or modification when sorting, quality control
or the sale of products designed for international trade.
Simplification of formalities.
1. each Contracting Party shall restrict as far as possible the formalities required for
the granting of exemptions provided for in this Convention.
2. each Contracting Party shall promptly publish all regulations issued in
This matter so that the candidates can get acquainted with them and to avoid
damage, which could suffer from unfamiliarity with these formalities.
The settlement of disputes.
1. any dispute which may arise between two or more Contracting Parties in
a question of interpretation or application of this Convention will, within the limits of the options
settled by direct negotiation between them.
2. Any dispute which is not settled by negotiation, shall be submitted
person or authority, adopted by mutual agreement between the Contracting Parties,
whom there is a dispute; If, however, these parties could not agree on the
the selection of this person or that institution, any of them may request the
President of the International Court of Justice, to determine the arbitration.
3. The decision made by the person or body designated pursuant to paragraph 2
This article is for the parties concerned.
Signature and ratification.
1. this Convention shall be open until 30 June. June 1953 for signature by the Governments of all
the Contracting Parties to the General Agreement on tariffs and trade, the Governments of all
the Member States of the United Nations, or of any State, which
the Secretary General of the United Nations for this purpose delivered the copy of this
of the Convention.
2. this Convention is subject to ratification or acceptance of signatárními
Governments in accordance with their constitutional rules. Instruments of ratification or
instruments of acceptance shall be composed by the Secretary-General of the United
1. this Convention is open for accession by the Governments of the States referred to in paragraph
1 of article IX.
2. acceptance of the composition becomes the instrument of accession with the Secretary
Of the United Nations.
Entry into force.
Once the fifteen Governments of the referred to in article IX shall lodge its instrument of
ratification, acceptance or accession, this Convention enters between them in
the effectiveness of the thirtieth day after the date on which it was composed fifteen of
ratification, acceptance or accession. For any other Government it shall enter
effectiveness on the thirtieth day after the date on which this Government has passed its instrument of
ratification, acceptance or accession.
Notice of termination.
1. this Convention shall be in effect for three years, each
Contracting notice delivered to the Secretary
Of the United Nations.
2. The denunciation shall become effective six months after the date on which the Secretary General
The United Nations has received the notification.
1. Any Government may, when the composition of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or
access, or at any later time declare in the communication
delivered to the Secretary of the United Nations, the implementation of this
the Convention shall apply to the territory or territories for which it is internationally
responsible, and the Convention will apply to the territory of the noted in that
communication from the beginning on the 30th day after the date on which the Secretary General
The United Nations has received the communication, or the date on which this Convention
will enter into force in accordance with article XI, if the last date is
2. Each Government pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 1 of this article has made
Declaration on the extension of this Convention to any territory for which it is
internationally responsible, pursuant to the provisions of article XII may terminate this
the Convention specifically for this area.
1. each State may at the time of signature or when composing their instruments of
ratification, acceptance or accession, declare that it does not feel bound by the
some of the provisions of this Convention, that State.
2. any State, when a notification under article XIII of the Convention that the
This Convention will apply to one or more of the territories for which it is
internationally odpověden may make a similar declaration, such as
the Declaration referred to in paragraph 1 of this article, for all the territories
included in that notification or for any individual one of them.
3. once a State reservation concerning any article
This Convention, when signing, ratifying, accepting, or access
notification pursuant to article XIII, the Secretary General of the United Nations shall communicate to the
the wording of this reservation to all States which are or may become Contracting
party to this Convention. Any State that has signed, ratified or accepted the
This Convention, or that it went up before the reservation was
made (or, if the Convention has not entered into force, that this
the Convention shall sign, ratify, or accepts or accedes thereto until the day
its entry into force), has the right to raise objections to any of the
These reservations. If no Member State do not communicate the legitimate object is
the General Secretary of the United Nations not later than the 90th day after the
notification of the reservation (or the date on which the Convention will enter into force, if the
This date is later), the reservation is deemed to be accepted.
4. If the Secretary General of the United Nations from one of the States,
authorized to raise objections, the communication of any opposition, shall communicate this
the objection of the State which has made a reservation, and invite him to tell him that
a reservation may appeal, or whether the circumstances prefer to
He gave up the ratification, acceptance, accession or application of the Convention to the territory,
the (affected) are concerned.
5. the State which has made a reservation to which the objection has been raised by
paragraph 3 of this article, become party to this Convention only
at that time, this claim has been revoked or ceased to be effective for
the conditions laid down in paragraph 6 of the same article; also will be able to
to claim the benefits of this Convention to the territories for which it is internationally responsible,
in favour of whom made a reservation that raised an objection in accordance with paragraph
3 of this article, unless this claim was revoked or ceased to be
active under the conditions laid down in paragraph 6 below.
6. any objection raised by any State which has signed the Convention, without
It has ratified or adopted, shall cease to be effective if, within twelve
months after the date on which it was raised, the Convention by that State
ratified or adopted.
Notification of signatures, ratifications, acceptance and approaches.
The Secretary General of the United Nations shall notify all States of the Convention
have signed or acceded to the Convention, as well as other States which
Request signatures, ratification and adoption of this Convention, on approaches to
This Convention; also notify them of the date when the Convention enters into force, and
any communication that occurred under Articles XII and XIII.
On the conscience of the subscribing agents have signed this Convention.
Done at Geneva on 7. November of the year one thousand devítistého of the fiftieth
the second in the French and English languages, both texts being
authentic, in a single copy, which shall be deposited in the archives of the United
Nations. The Secretary General of the United Nations will deliver to all States which
Convention have signed or acceded to, the certified true copies of this Convention.
1) on page 3.
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