Rs 0.631.122 International Convention Of 21 October 1982 On The Harmonization Of Controls Of Goods At The Borders (With Annexes)

Original Language Title: RS 0.631.122 Convention internationale du 21 octobre 1982 sur l’harmonisation des contrôles des marchandises aux frontières (avec annexes)

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0.631.122 original text International Convention on the harmonization of controls of goods at borders concluded at Geneva on 21 October 1982 approved by the Federal Assembly on 17 September 1985, Instrument of ratification deposited by the Switzerland on 21 January 1986 entry into force for the Switzerland on 21 April 1986 (State February 24, 2015) preamble the parties contracting, wishing to improve the international goods traffic considering the need to facilitate the passage of goods across the border, noting that control measures are applied to the borders by different services control, recognizing that the conditions for the exercise of these controls can be largely harmonized without impairing their purpose, their performance and their effectiveness, convinced that the harmonization of border controls is one of the important means to achieve these objectives , have agreed to the following: Chapter I provisions general art. 1 definitions for the purposes of this Convention, means: a) by "customs", the administrative services responsible for the application of customs law and the collection of fees and import and export taxes and who are also responsible for enforcement laws and other regulations, among other things, on importation, to the transit and export of goods; b) by "customs control". ((, all of the measures taken to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that Customs is responsible to apply; c) by 'health inspection', an inspection made for the protection of life and health of persons, excluding veterinary inspection; d) by "veterinary inspection", the health inspection made on the animals and products of animal origin in order to protect the life and health of people and animals (((, as well as on objects or goods which can serve as vectors of diseases of animal; e) by "phytosanitary inspection", the inspection intended to prevent the spread and the introduction across national borders of enemies of the plant products and plant; e) by 'control of compliance with technical standards', control in order to verify that the goods meet the international standards or national minimum provided for by the laws and regulations are related; g) by 'quality control '. (, any control other than those above - above to verify that the goods correspond to the minimum definitions of quality, international or national, provided for by the legislation and regulations are related; h) by "control service", any service responsible for applying all or part of the controls defined above or all other controls normally applied to the import, export or transit of goods.

Art. 2 in order to facilitate the international movement of goods, this Convention is intended to reduce the requirements of formalities as well as the number and duration of controls by, for example, coordinating national and international procedures and control rules for their application.

Art. 3 scope of application 1. This Convention applies to all movements of goods imported, exported or in transit, across one or more maritime, air or land borders.
2. this Convention applies to all services of control of the Contracting Parties.

Chapter II harmonization of procedures art. 4 coordination of controls the Contracting Parties undertake wherever possible to organize in a harmonized way of customs services and other services of control intervention.

Art. 5 ways to services for the proper functioning of the control services, Contracting Parties will ensure that, insofar as possible, and within the framework of national law, be made available to them: a) qualified personnel in sufficient given traffic requirements; b) materials and facilities suitable for control, given the modes of transportation goods control and the requirements of the traffic; c) of official instructions to officers of these services so that they act in accordance with the agreements and international arrangements and the national provisions in force.

Art. 6 international cooperation the Contracting Parties undertake to cooperate with each other and, as necessary, to seek the cooperation of relevant international agencies, to achieve the goals set by this Convention, and in addition to seek, as appropriate, the conclusion of new agreements or bilateral or multilateral arrangements.

Art. 7 cooperation between neighbouring countries in the case of crossing a common frontier, the interested Contracting Parties will take, whenever this is possible, appropriate measures to facilitate the passage of goods and, in particular: a) they strive to organize juxtaposed control of goods and documents, by establishing common facilities; b) they strive to ensure correspondence:-border opening hours - control services which exercise their activity, - categories of goods, means of transport and international systems of Customs transit that can there be accepted or used.

Art. 8 exchange of information the Parties contracting communicate each other, on request, the information necessary for the application of this Convention in accordance with the conditions set out in the annexes.

Art. 9 documents 1. Contracting Parties shall endeavour to promote, among themselves and with competent international organizations, the use of documents in line with the framework of the United Nations formula.
2. the Contracting Parties will accept documents drawn up by all technical procedures appropriate, provided that the official regulations to their wording, their authenticity and their certification have been met and that they are legible and understandable.
3. the Contracting Parties will ensure that the necessary documents are prepared and authenticated in strict compliance with the legislation is relevant.

Chapter III provisions relating to transit art. 10 goods in transit 1. The Contracting Parties will give treatment simple and quick to goods in transit, and in particular to those circulating under cover of an international Customs transit procedure, by limiting in their inspections to cases where the circumstances or the real risks justify them wherever possible. In addition, they will take into account the situation of landlocked countries. They strive to anticipate an extension of the hours of clearance and the competence of existing customs posts, for the clearance of goods circulating under cover of an international Customs transit regime.
2. they will try to maximally facilitate the transit of goods carried in containers or other load units with sufficient security.

Chapter IV provisions various art. 11 public order 1. No provision of this agreement does not prevent the application of the prohibitions or restrictions of import, export or transit, imposed for reasons of public order, and including public safety, public morality, public health, or protection of the environment, the cultural heritage or industrial, commercial and intellectual property.
2. Nevertheless, whenever it is possible and without prejudice to the effectiveness of the controls, the Contracting Parties will seek to apply to the controls related to the application of the measures mentioned in the by. 1 above, the provisions of the present Convention, including those which are the subject of the art. 6 to 9.

Art. 12 emergency measures 1. The emergency measures which the Contracting Parties may have to take special circumstances should be proportionate to the causes that motivate them and be suspended or abrogated when these reasons disappear.
2. whenever this is possible without harming the effectiveness of the measures, the Contracting Parties will publish the provisions relating to such measures.

Art. 13 annexes 1. The annexes to this agreement are an integral part of the Convention.
2 new annexes relating to other areas of control can be added to this Convention, in accordance with the procedure set out in art. 22 or 24 below.

Art. 14 relations with other treaties without prejudice to the provisions of art. 6, this Convention shall not affect the rights and obligations arising from treaties that the Contracting Parties to the present Convention had concluded before becoming Contracting Parties to it.

Art. 15. the present Convention does not prevent the application of greater than two facilities or several Contracting Parties would agree between them, or the right to regional economic integration organizations referred to in art. 16 which are to apply their own legislation to controls at their internal borders, as long as you don't decrease any facilities arising from the present Convention Contracting Parties.


Art. 16 signature, ratification, acceptance, approval and accession 1. This Convention, deposited with the Secretary-General of the Organization of the United Nations, is open to the participation of all States and regional economic integration constituted by sovereign States organizations having competence to negotiate, conclude and apply international agreements in matters covered by this Convention.
2. the regional economic integration organizations referred to the by. 1 can, for questions that fall within their jurisdiction, in their own name exercise the rights and fulfil the responsibilities conferred by this Convention in addition to their Member States which are party to this Convention contracting. In such cases, the Member States of these organizations will be not be entitled to individually exercise these rights, including the right to vote.
(3 States and regional economic integration organizations referred to above may become Contracting Parties to this Convention: has) by depositing an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval after having signed it. or (b) by depositing an instrument of accession.

4. the present Convention will be open from 1 April 1983 until 31 March 1984 inclusive, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, to the signature of all States and targeted regional economic integration organizations to the by. 1 5. From April 1, 1984 she will also be open for their accession.
6. the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Art. 17 entry into force 1. This Convention will enter into force three months after the date on which five States have deposited their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
2 after that five States have deposited their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, this Convention will enter into force for all Contracting Parties news, three months after the date of the deposit of their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
3. any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession deposited after the entry into force of an amendment to this agreement will be considered to apply to the text changed from this Convention.
4. any such instrument deposited after acceptance of an amendment in accordance with the procedure of art. 22, but before its entry into force, will be considered to apply to the amended text of the Convention at the date of the entry into force of the amendment.

Art. 18 denunciation 1. Any Contracting Party may denounce this Convention by notification to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2. the denunciation shall take effect six months after the date on which the Secretary-General receives notification.

Art. 19 extinction if, after the entry into force of this Convention, the number of States which are Contracting Parties is reduced to less than five for a period any of twelve consecutive months, this agreement will cease to have effect from the end of the twelve month period.

Art. 20 settlement of disputes 1. Any dispute between two or more Contracting Parties about the interpretation or application of this Convention will be, as far as possible, set by negotiation between the Parties in dispute or in any other way.
2. any dispute between two or more Contracting Parties concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention which cannot be settled as provided in the by. 1 of the present article will be submitted, at the request of one of them, to an arbitral tribunal composed as follows: each party to the dispute shall appoint an arbitrator and these arbitrators appoint another arbitrator, who shall be Chairman. If, three months after receiving a request, one of the parties has not appointed an arbitrator or if the arbitrators have been unable to choose a president, one any of those parties may request the Secretary general of the Organization of the United Nations to proceed with the appointment of the arbitrator or the Chairman of the arbitral tribunal.
3. the decision of the arbitral tribunal constituted in accordance with the provisions of the by. 2 will be final and binding on the parties to the dispute.
4. the arbitral tribunal stop its own rules of procedure.
5. the arbitral tribunal will make its decisions by a majority and on the basis of the treaties existing between the parties to the dispute and the General rules of international law.
6. any controversy which may arise between the parties to the dispute about the interpretation or execution of the award may be worn by one of the parties to the arbitral tribunal which made the award to be judged by him.
7. each party to the dispute bears the costs of its own arbitrator and of its representatives in the arbitral proceedings; fees relating to the Presidency and other costs are supported by equally by the parties to the dispute.

Art. 21 reserves 1. Any Contracting Party may, at the time where she will sign, will ratify, accept or approve this agreement or there will adhere, declare that she does consider itself not bound by the by. 2 to 7 of art. 20 of the present Convention. The other Contracting Parties are not bound by these paragraphs to any Contracting Party which has made such a reservation.
2. any Contracting Party which has made a reservation in accordance with the by. 1 of the present article may at any time withdraw this reservation by notification to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
3. with the exception of planned reserves to the by. 1 of this article, no reservations to this Convention will be allowed.

Art. 22 procedure for amendment of this Convention 1. The present Convention including its annexes may be amended on the proposal of a Contracting Party following the procedure laid down in this article.
2. any proposed amendment to this agreement will be considered by a Management Committee composed of all the Contracting Parties in accordance with the rules of procedure subject to annex 7. Any amendment of this nature considered or prepared during the meeting of the Management Committee and adopted by the Committee will be communicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Contracting Parties for acceptance.
3. any proposed amendment communicated in accordance with the provisions of the previous paragraph will enter into force for all Contracting Parties three months after the expiration of a period of twelve months from the date on which the communication was made if, during that period, no objection to the proposed amendment has been notified to the Secretary-General of the Organization of the United Nations by a State which is a Contracting Party or by an organization of integration regional economic itself a Contracting Party, which is in the conditions defined in the by. 2 of art. 16 of the present Convention.
4. If an objection to the proposed amendment has been notified in accordance with the provisions of the by. 3 of this article, the amendment shall be deemed not to have been accepted and will have no effect.

Art. 23 requests, communications and objections the Secretary-General of the United Nations shall inform all Contracting Parties and all States of any request, communication or objection under art. 22 and the date of entry into force of an amendment.

Art. 24 conference of review after that this Convention has been in force for five years, any Contracting Party may, by notification addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, request the convening of a conference for the purpose of revising this Convention, by indicating the proposals to be considered at the conference. In such a case: i) the Secretary-General of the United Nations shall notify this request to all Contracting Parties and invite them to submit, within a period of three months, comments that these proposals call on their part, as well as other proposals that they would like to see addressed by the conference; ii) the Secretary-General of the United Nations will communicate to all Contracting Parties the text of any other proposals and convene a conference of review if, within a period of six months from the date of this communication, the third at least of the Contracting Parties notify him their consent to this summons; iii) However, if the Secretary-General of the United Nations considers that a proposal for revision is similar to a proposal for amendment within the meaning of the by. 1 of art. 22, he may, with the agreement of the Contracting Party which has made the proposal, implement the amendment procedure provided for by art. 22 instead of the revision procedure.

Art. 25 notifications in addition to the notifications and communications provided for in art. 23 and 24, the Secretary general of the Organization of the United Nations shall notify all States:

(a) the signatures, ratifications, acceptances, approvals and accessions in respect of art. 16; b) the dates of entry into force of this Convention in accordance with art. 17; c) denunciations to the title of art. 18; d) the termination of this Convention in respect of art. 19; e) the reservations made in respect of art. 21 art. 26 certified copies in line after March 31, 1984, the Secretary general of the Organization of the United Nations will transmit two compliant certified copies of this Convention to each of the Contracting Parties and to all States which are not Contracting Parties.
In faith, the Plenipotentiaries undersigned, duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Convention.
Done at Geneva, on October 21, 1982, in a single original, of which the English, Spanish, french and Russian texts are equally authentic.
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Annex 1 harmonization of customs controls and other controls art. 1 principles 1. Given the presence of customs at all borders and the general character of his intervention, the other controls are the extent of possible organized way aligned with customs controls.
2. in application of this principle, it is possible if necessary to perform all or part of these controls elsewhere than at the border, provided that the procedures used contribute to facilitate the international movement of goods.

Art. 2-1. Customs will be informed exactly of the legal or regulatory requirements that may lead to the intervention of other than customs controls.
2. where other controls are deemed necessary, the Customs shall ensure that the services concerned are informed and it will cooperate with them.

Art. 3 organisation of controls 1. When several controls must be carried out in the same place, the competent services will take all necessary steps to perform if possible only once with the minimum of delay. They will seek to coordinate their requirements for documents and information.
2. in particular, the competent services will take all useful measures before staff and facilities are available at the place where the controls are.
3. the Customs may, by express delegation of the relevant services, inspections on their behalf all or part of which these services have the load. In this case, these services shall provide the necessary means to the customs.

Art. 4 result of controls 1. For all aspects covered by this Convention, control services and customs will exchange all relevant information as soon as possible in order to ensure the effectiveness of the controls.
2. on the basis of the results of the controls carried out, the competent Department will decide the fate he intends to reserve to the goods, and he will inform if necessary the competent services for the other controls. Based on this decision, the Customs will affect goods the appropriate customs regime.

Annex 2 Inspection health services art. 1 principles the medical inspection is exercised, regardless of the place where it is made, according to the principles set out by the Convention and in particular its annex 1.

Art. 2 information each Contracting Party will ensure that the following information can be easily obtained by any interested person: - the goods subject to a health inspection, - the places where the goods in question may be presented for inspection, - the legal requirements and regulations concerning medico - sanitary inspection as well as their procedures of general application.

Art. 3 organisation of controls 1. Control services will ensure that the necessary facilities are available at border points open to medical inspection.
2. the medical inspection may also be points inside the country if it is shown, due to the justifications produced and transportation techniques employed, that the goods cannot deteriorate or cause contamination during their transport.
3. in the context of the current conventions, Contracting Parties shall endeavour to reduce as much as possible the physical controls of perishable goods along the way.
4. when goods have to be stored pending the results of the medical inspection, the competent control services of the Contracting Parties will do the necessary to make this deposit be made in conditions in which the conservation of the goods and with the minimum of customs formalities.

Art. 4 goods in transit under the agreements in force, the Contracting Parties will as much as possible renounce the medical inspection of goods in transit provided that no risk of contamination is to be feared.

Art. 5 cooperation 1. Health inspection services will cooperate with counterparts in other Contracting Parties in order to expedite the passage of perishable goods subjected to the medical inspection, including through the exchange of useful information.
2. when a consignment of perishable goods is intercepted during the medical inspection, responsible service strive to inform the peer service of the country of export as soon as possible, indicating the reasons for the interception and the measures taken concerning the goods.

Schedule 3 Inspection veterinarian art. 1 principles the veterinary inspection is exercised, regardless of the place where it is made, according to the principles set out by the Convention and in particular its annex 1.

Art. 2 definitions the veterinary inspection defined in para. (d) of article 1 of the present Convention also extends to the inspection of the means and the conditions of transport of animals and animal products. It may also include inspections of quality, standards and various regulations, such as those for the conservation of the endangered species which, for reasons of efficiency, are often associated with the veterinary inspection.

Art. 3 information each Contracting Party will ensure that the following information can be easily obtained by any person interested: - the goods subject to veterinary inspection, - the places where the goods may be presented for inspection, - diseases of which the declaration is mandatory, - the legal requirements and regulations concerning veterinary inspection as well as their procedures of general application.

Art. 4 organisation of controls 1. The Contracting Parties shall endeavour:-to establish, as appropriate and where possible, appropriate for veterinary inspection facilities, corresponding to the requirements of the traffic, - to facilitate the movement of goods, including through coordination of schedules of work of veterinary and customs services, and acceptance of enforcement procedures outside normal, when hours the arrival of the goods was announced beforehand.

2. the inspection of animal products may also be points inside the country for as much as, due to the justifications produced and of the means of transport used, the goods cannot deteriorate or cause contamination during their transport.
3. in the context of the current conventions, Contracting Parties shall endeavour to reduce as much as possible the physical controls of perishable goods along the way.
4. when goods have to be stored pending the results of veterinary inspection, the competent control services of the Contracting Parties will do the necessary to make this deposit is made with the minimum of customs formalities, in conditions allowing quarantine safety and conservation of the goods.

Art. 5 goods in transit under the agreements in force, the Contracting Parties will as much as possible renounce the veterinary inspection of animal products in transit provided that no risk of contamination is to be feared.

Art. 6 cooperation 1. Veterinary inspection services will cooperate with counterparts in other Contracting Parties in order to expedite the passage of goods subject to veterinary inspection, including through the exchange of useful information.
2. when a consignment of perishable goods or live animals is intercepted during veterinary inspection, responsible service will seek to inform the counterpart service of the country of export as soon as possible, indicating the reasons for the interception and the measures taken concerning the goods.

Schedule 4 Inspection phytosanitary art. 1 principles the phytosanitary inspection occurs, regardless of the place where it is made, according to the principles set out by the Convention and in particular its annex 1.
Art. 2 definitions

Phytosanitary inspection defined in para. (e) of article 1 of the present Convention also extends to the inspection of means and the conditions of transport of plants and plant products. It may also include the measure for the conservation of endangered plant species.

Art. 3 information each Contracting Party will ensure that the following information can be easily obtained by any interested person: - goods subject to special phytosanitary conditions, - places where certain plants and plant products may be presented for inspection,-the list of pests of plants and plant products for which prohibitions and restrictions are in force -the legal provisions and regulations concerning phytosanitary inspection as well as their procedures of general application.

Art. 4 organisation of controls 1. The Contracting Parties shall endeavour:-to establish, as necessary and possible, appropriate facilities for phytosanitary inspection, storage, the pest control and disinfection, corresponding to the requirements of traffic, - to facilitate the movement of goods, including by the coordination of schedules of work of the phytosanitary services and customs services, and acceptance of execution outside normal hours formalities for perishable goods, when the arrival of these was announced beforehand.

2. the phytosanitary inspection of plants and plant products may also be points inside the country, for as much as, due to the justifications produced and of the means of transport used, the goods can lead to infestation during their transport.
3. in the context of the current conventions, Contracting Parties shall endeavour to reduce as much as possible the physical controls of plant and perishable crops along the way.
4. when goods have to be stored pending the results of phytosanitary inspection, the competent control services of the Contracting Parties will do the necessary to make this deposit is made with the minimum of customs formalities, in conditions allowing quarantine safety and conservation of the goods.

Art. 5 goods in transit under the agreements in force, the Contracting Parties will renounce as much as possible inspection phytosanitary goods in transit, unless this is necessary for the protection of their own plants.

Art. 6 cooperation 1. The phytosanitary services will cooperate with the counterparts of other Contracting Parties in order to accelerate the passage of plants and plant products subjected to phytosanitary inspection, including through the exchange of useful information.
2. when a consignment of plants or plant products is intercepted during phytosanitary inspection, responsible service will seek to inform the counterpart service of the country of export as soon as possible, indicating the reasons for the interception and the measures taken concerning the goods.

Annex 5 control of compliance with technical standards art. 1 principles control of compliance with technical standards for the goods covered by this Convention if applies, regardless of the place where it is exercised according to the principles laid down by the Convention and in particular its appendix 1.

Art. 2 information each Contracting Party will ensure that the following information can be easily obtained by any person interested: - the standards applied, - the places where the goods may be presented for inspection, - the legal requirements and regulations for the control of compliance with technical standards, as well as their procedures of general application.

Art. 3 harmonisation of standards in the absence of international standards, the Contracting Parties applying national standards will seek to harmonize by means of international agreements.

Art. 4 organisation of controls 1. The Contracting Parties shall endeavour:-to establish, as appropriate and where possible, positions of control of compliance with technical standards corresponding to the requirements of the traffic, - to facilitate the movement of goods, including through the coordination of working hours of the service responsible for the control of compliance with technical standards and customs services, and acceptance of the execution Apart from normal schedules, procedures for perishable goods, when the arrival of these was announced beforehand.

2. the control of compliance with technical standards may also if perform at points located inside the country, for as much as, due to the justifications produced and of the means of transport used, the goods and any particularly perishable products could deteriorate during their transport.
3. in the context of the current conventions, Contracting Parties shall endeavour to reduce as much as possible the physical controls en route of perishable goods subjected to control of compliance with technical standards.
4. the Contracting Parties will organize control of compliance with technical standards, harmonizing, whenever possible, the procedures of the service responsible for these controls and, if any, of the competent services for other controls and inspections.
5. in the case of perishable goods held pending the results of control of compliance with technical standards, the competent control services of the Contracting Parties shall ensure that the storage of the goods or the parking of transport equipment is carried out with the minimum of customs formalities, in conditions in which the conservation of the goods.

Art. 5 transit cargo control of compliance with technical standards does not normally apply to goods in through transit.

Art. 6 cooperation 1. The services responsible for the control of compliance with technical standards will cooperate with counterparts in other Contracting Parties in order to expedite the passage of perishable goods subjected to control of compliance with technical standards, including through the exchange of useful information.
2. when a consignment of perishable goods is intercepted during control of compliance with technical standards, responsible service will seek to inform the counterpart service of the country of export as soon as possible, indicating the reasons for the interception and the measures taken concerning the goods.

Annex 6 control of quality art. 1 principles control the quality relative to the goods covered by this Convention if applies, regardless of the place where it is exercised according to the principles laid down by the Convention and in particular its appendix 1.

Art. 2 information each Contracting Party will ensure that the following information can be easily obtained by any person interested: - the places where the goods may be presented for inspection, - the legal requirements and regulations related to quality control, as well as their procedures of general application.

Art. 3 organisation of controls 1. The Contracting Parties shall endeavour:-to establish, as appropriate and where possible, the quality control positions, corresponding to the requirements of the traffic, - to facilitate the movement of goods, through the coordination of working hours of the service responsible for the control of quality and customs services, and acceptance of delivery, outside normal hours formalities for perishable goods, when the arrival of these was announced beforehand.

2. the quality control may also be points within the country provided that the procedures used contribute to facilitate the international movement of goods.
3. in the context of the current conventions, Contracting Parties shall endeavour to reduce as much as possible the physical controls en route of perishable goods subjected to quality control.
4. the Contracting Parties will organize the quality control by harmonizing, whenever possible, the procedures of the service responsible for these controls and, if any, of the competent services for other controls and inspections.

Art. 4 goods in transit quality controls do not normally apply to goods in through transit.

Art. 5 cooperation 1. Quality control services will cooperate with counterparts in other Contracting Parties in order to expedite the passage of perishable goods subjected to quality control, especially through the exchange of useful information.
2. when a consignment of perishable goods is intercepted during quality control, responsible service will endeavour to inform the peer service of the country of export as soon as possible, indicating the reasons for the interception and the measures taken in case of goods.

Annex 7


Rules of procedure of the Management Committee referred to in art. 22 of the present Convention art. 1 members of the Management Committee are the Contracting Parties to this Convention.

Art. 2 observers 1. The Management Committee may decide to invite the competent administrations of States which are not contracting parties, or representatives of international organizations which are not contracting parties, for questions which interest them, attend the sessions as observers.
2. However, without prejudice to article first, the international organizations referred to the by. 1, competent with regard to the subjects dealt with by the annexes to this agreement, participate in law the work of the Committee as observers.

Art. 3 secretariat the secretariat of the Committee is provided by the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe.

Art. 4 convocations. the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe shall convene the Committee: i) two years after the entry into force of the Convention; ii) thereafter, at a date fixed by the Committee, but at least every five years; iii) to demand competent administrations of at least five States which are Contracting Parties.

Art. 5 desktop the Committee elects a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman at each of its sessions.

Art. 6 quorum a quorum of at least one third of the States which are Contracting Parties is required to make decisions.

Art. (7 decisions i) proposals are put to the voix.ii) each State Contracting, party represented at the session shall have a voix.iii) in case of application of the by. 2 of art. 16 of the Convention, regional economic integration organizations Parties to the Convention have a vote with a number of votes equal to the total of votes attributable to their Member States also Parties to the Convention. In the latter case these Member States do not exercise their right to vote.iv) subject to the provisions of para. (v) below, proposals are adopted by a simple majority of the members present and voting according to the conditions defined in the al. ((ii) and (iii) above .v) amendments to this Convention are adopted by a majority of two thirds of the members present and voting according to the conditions defined in the al. ((ii) and (iii) above.

Art. 8 report the Committee adopted its report before the end of its session.

Art. 9 additional provisions in the absence of relevant provisions in this annex, the rules of procedure of the Economic Commission for Europe shall apply, unless the Committee decides otherwise.

Annex 8 Facilitation of the crossing of borders in international road transport art. 1 principles in addition to the provisions of the Convention, including those laid down in annex 1, this annex is intended to define the measures that must be implemented to facilitate crossing of borders in international road transport.

Art. 2 facilitation of procedures of issuing visas for professional drivers 1. The Contracting Parties should endeavour to facilitate the formalities relating to the issuance of visas to professional drivers involved in international road transport, in accordance with national best practices applicable to all visa applicants and national immigration regulations, as well as international commitments.
2. the Contracting Parties agree to regularly exchange information on best practices concerning the facilitation of the procedures for the issue of visas to professional drivers.

Art. 3 international road transport operations 1. In order to facilitate the international transport of goods, the Contracting Parties must inform regularly all parties engaged in this type of transport, harmonized and coordinated, on formalities in force or planned at the borders to international road transport operations, as well as on the real condition of the situation at the borders.
2 the Contracting Parties shall endeavour to carry out all the necessary formalities, as far as possible and not only for transit traffic, to the places of origin and destination of the goods transported by road, so as to reduce congestion at border crossing points.
3. as regards in particular art. 7 of this Convention, priority must be given to urgent shipments, e.g. live animals and perishable goods. In particular, the competent services at the border crossing points should: i) take the necessary measures to minimize delays to the ATP vehicles carrying perishable food or vehicles transporting live animals, between the time of arrival at the border and when they are submitted to regulatory, administrative, customs and sanitary; controls ii) do ensure that the required regulatory controls referred to in para. (i) above are carried out as quickly as possible; iii) authorize, to the extent possible, the operation of refrigeration systems on vehicles carrying perishable during the crossing of the border, unless this is impossible due to the terms of control required; iv) cooperate, in particular by the advance information exchange, with their counterparts in other Contracting Parties to expedite crossing of borders for perishable foodstuffs and live where animals these loads must be subject to health checks.

Art. 4 technical control of vehicles 1. Contracting Parties which are not yet Parties to the agreement concerning the adoption of uniform conditions for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles and the reciprocal recognition of controls (1997) should endeavour, in accordance with the laws and regulations national and international relevant, to facilitate the crossing of borders in road vehicles by accepting the international certificate of roadworthiness as provided for in the above-mentioned agreement. A model certificate of technical control in conformity with the agreement on January 1, 2004 is reproduced in Appendix 1 to this annex.
2 to identify the ATP vehicles carrying perishable foodstuffs, the Contracting Parties may use the identifying marks affixed to the material in question and the certificate or plate certificate ATP provided for in the agreement on the international transport of perishable and special to use for these transport gear (1970).

Art. 5 international vehicle weight certificate 1. In order to expedite the passage of the borders, the Contracting Parties, in accordance with national and international regulations and laws applicable, should strive to avoid the weighings repeated vehicle at points of border crossings by accepting and mutually recognizing the international vehicle weight certificate as it is presented in Appendix 2 of this annex. In case the Contracting Parties accept this certificate, it should not be performed in another weighing of the vehicle except for purposes of control by survey or control in the event of suspected irregularity. Weight measurements of the vehicle with the result is saved in these certificates must be carried out only in the country of origin of the international transport operation. These results must be duly registered and certified in these certificates.
2. each Contracting Party accepting the international vehicle weight certificate must publish a list of all weighing stations accredited according to international principles existing in its country, and any changes to it. This list and the amendments to it must be transmitted to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Europe for distribution to each Contracting Party and the international organisations referred to in art. 2 of annex 7 to this Convention.
3. the minimum requirements for authorized weighing stations, the principles of issuance of their approval, the main elements of weighing methods to be applied are set out in Appendix 2 to this annex.

Art. 6 crossing points on the borders to simplify and expedite the procedures prescribed in crossings of the borders, the Contracting Parties must meet the following minimum requirements for border crossing points open to the international transport of goods in the extent possible:

((i) provide facilities to perform common between neighboring States (the stop system) controls, 24 hours a day, insofar as the commercial needs so warrant and in accordance with the rules of the road; ii) develop traffic lanes separated according to the type of transport and share across the border, in order to deal with having a title of valid international Customs transit or vehicles transporting animals living or perishable; iii) provide areas to stop at the gap for the checks of cargo and vehicles; iv) landscaping parks parking and adequate; v terminals) make available to drivers of health facilities, meeting places and appropriate means of telecommunication; vi) encourage the installation of forwarding agents at the crossings equipped with the facilities needed and offering services to carriers at competitive prices.

Art. 7 periodic reports with regard to the implementation of art. 1 to 6 of this annex, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe United Nations conducts every two years a survey among Contracting Parties on progress made in improving the efficiency of border crossing procedures in their countries.

Introduced by the mod in force for Switzerland since May 20, 2008 (RO 2008 4847).

Appendix 1 of Annex 8 to the Convention certificate international technical inspection in accordance with the agreement concerning the adoption of uniform conditions for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles and the recognition of mutual controls, 1997, entered into force on 27 January 2001 1. It is technical control centres authorized to carry out control tests, to issue the certificate of compliance with the requirements of the relevant rules annexed to the 1997 Vienna agreement applicable to the control and to indicate the heading n 12.5 of the international technical inspection certificate, the model is reproduced below, the date by which the next control must be effectue.2. The international technical inspection certificate shall include the information listed below. There may be in the form of a booklet in format A6 (148 x 105 mm), green cover and white inside pages, or a sheet of green paper or white A4 size (210 × 297 mm) folded to format A6 in such section which appears a way the distinguishing sign of the country or the emblem of the United Nations forms the top of the plie.3 certificate. The topics in the certificate must be completed in the official language of the Contracting Party issuing, keeping the numerotation.4. The minutes of technical control used by the Contracting Parties to the agreement may also be admitted. A model of these minutes must be communicated to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the information of the Parties contractantes.5. The competent authorities are only entitled to carry handwritten indications, typed or computerized, in Latin characters, on the international technical inspection certificate.

International technical inspection certificate model space reserved to the distinguishing sign of the country or the emblem of the United Nations (administrative authority responsible for technical inspection) CERTIFICATE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL TECHNIQUE international technical inspection 1 certificate.

License plate (license n) 2.

Serial number of the vehicle 3.

First registration after construction (State, authority) 4.

Date of first registration after construction 5.

Date of the technical inspection certificate of conformity 6.

The present certificate is issued for the vehicle designated topics n 1 and 2 which, on the date indicated under heading No. 5, is considered to be in conformity with the rules annexed to the 1997 Agreement concerning the adoption of uniform conditions for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles and the reciprocal recognition controls.

7. the vehicle must undergo its next technical inspection according to the rules referred to in heading No. 6, at least the: Date (month/year) 8.

Issued by 9.

(Place) 10.

Date 11.

Signature 12.

Control (technique (s) periodic (s) later (s) 12.1 performed by (technical control Centre) 12.2 (stamp) Date 12.4 12.3 Signature 12.5 next controls to be performed by the: date (month/year) Version to 1 Jan. 2004 title "CERTIFICATE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL TECHNIQUE", in the official language of the country.
Title in french.
If possible, authority and State having authorized the first registration of the vehicle after construction.
Seal or stamp of the authority issuing the certificate.
Meet again the sections 12.1 to 12.5 n in the following boxes if the certificate is reused for subsequent annual periodical inspections.
Name, address and country of the center of technical control approved by the competent authority.

State on 24 February 2015 Appendix 2 of Annex 8 to the Convention certificate international vehicle weighing annex to the international weight of vehicle (IPPC) certificate of border crossing Facilitation in the international transport of goods by rail art. 1 principles 1. The present annex, which supplements the provisions of the Convention, but to define the measures need to be taken to facilitate and to accelerate border crossing procedures in rail transport of goods.
2. the Contracting Parties undertake to collaborate with a view to standardizing as much as possible the formalities and requirements to documents and procedures in all areas related to the transport of goods by rail.

Art. 2 definitions by "border station (of Exchange)", means a railway station where are made operational or administrative procedures to allow rail freight to cross the border. This railway station may be located at the border or near the border.

Art. 3 border crossings by officials and others involved in international rail transport 1. The Contracting Parties strive to facilitate the formalities relating to the issuance of visas to the operations staff of the trains, refrigeration units, those accompanying a shipment and officers of border stations (of Exchange) participating in international rail transport, in accordance with national best practices applicable to all visa applicants.
2. the procedures of the border by individuals to the by. 1 of this article, including in what concerns the official documents confirming the status of these people, are established on the basis of bilateral agreements.
3. when of common control operations, border services officers, customs and other bodies performing functions of control stations border (of Exchange), in the exercise of their functions, cross the State border using documents established by the Contracting Parties for their nationals.

Art. 4 requirements for border stations (of Exchange) to streamline and expedite the formalities to be completed in the stations border (of Exchange), the Contracting Parties must meet the conditions minimum the following border stations (of Exchange) open to the international transport of goods by rail:

(i) border (Interchange) stations are equipped with (local) buildings, facilities, amenities and technical means that allow for daily checks and twenty-four hours a day, if the volume of freight traffic warrants; (ii) train stations border (Interchange) in which is carried out phytosanitary, veterinary controls and others are equipped with the necessary technical means; (iii) the capacity of reception and debit of the border (of Exchange) stations and adjacent channels must correspond to the volume of the traffic of goods; (iv) inspection areas must be provided, as well as facilities for the storage of goods subject to customs controls or other controls; (v) equipments, facilities, information and means of telecommunications systems must be provided to allow the preliminary information exchange, including those relating to the goods arriving in a border (of Exchange) station , and corresponding to the information referred to in the rail car letters and customs declarations; (vi) qualified staff of the railways, customs, border guard and other relevant bodies should be available in the border stations (of Exchange), sufficient account in the light of the volume of the traffic of goods concerned; (vii) border stations (of Exchange) are equipped with facilities facilities, systems and means of telecommunication allowing, before the arrival of the rolling stock at the border, to receive and use data on the technical approval and rolling technical inspections carried out by the authorities and the railways in the context of their respective powers, unless the Contracting Parties are implementing other arrangements to ensure these functions.

Art. 5 cooperation between neighbouring countries in the border (of Exchange) stations in accordance with the provisions of art. 7 of the Convention, the Contracting Parties are coordinating measures to be taken for the inspection of rolling stock, of containers, trailers to piggybacking and cargo, as well as for the processing of documents of transport and accompanying documents, and they strive to implement all forms of joint on the basis of bilateral inspections.

Art. 6 controls the Contracting Parties: (i) establish a mechanism of mutual recognition controls of all types on rolling stock, containers, semi-trailers suitable for road-rail transport, as well as the goods, provided that their objectives coincide; (ii) carry out customs controls following the principle of a selection based on the analysis and management of risk; as a general rule, if the required information is provided with respect to the goods, and if they are in a unit of rolling stock, in a container in a fit to the piggyback or in a wagon trailer, closed and sealed properly, it is failed to one physical examination; (iii) simplify the controls in the border (of Exchange) stations and do perform , as far as possible, some types of controls in the departure and destination stations; (iv) without prejudice to the provisions of art. 10 of the Convention, art. 4 of Schedule 2, of art. 5 of annex 3 and art. 5 of Schedule 4, do an inspection of goods in transit in cases where it is justified with a situation or a specific risk.

Art. 7 time 1. Contracting Parties ensure compliance of timelines through bilateral agreements for the execution of technical operations related to the receipt and delivery of trains at border stations (of Exchange), including different controls, and strive to reduce these delays by improving the facilities and technologies used. The Contracting Parties undertake to reduce the possible delays in the years to come.
2. the Contracting Parties record delays of trains or cars at the border stations (of Exchange) and communicate this information to the parties concerned, which then proceed to their analysis and propose measures to reduce the delays.

Art. 8 documents 1. The Contracting Parties shall ensure that the transport documents and accompanying documents are established in accordance with the laws and regulations of importing countries and transit.
2. in their relations, the Contracting Parties strive to reduce reliance on paper documents and to simplify procedures for documentation, using electronic systems for the exchange of information in the rail car letters and customs declarations accompanying the goods, established in accordance with their respective laws.
3. the Contracting Parties strive to communicate in advance to the Customs authorities the information relating to goods shipped to stations border (Exchange), in the rail car letters and customs declarations. The format, terms and delays in the provision of such information are determined by the Contracting Parties.

Art. 9 use of the rail consignment note CIM/SMGS the Contracting Parties may use, instead of transport documents currently provided for in international treaties, the letter of CIM/SMGS rail car which could also be a customs document.

Introduced by the mod in force for Switzerland since Nov. 30. 2011 (2011 5049 RO).

Scope on 24 February 2015 States parties Ratification, accession (A) Declaration of estate (S) entry into force 24 February 1987 South Africa may 24, 1987 Albania 28 December 2004 has 28 March 2005 Germany June 12 1987 12 September 1987 Armenia 8 December 1993-8 March Austria 22 July 1994 A 1987, 22 October Azerbaijan 8 May 1987 A 2000, 8 August 2000 Belarus 5 April 1993-5 July 1993 Belgium June 12 1987 12 September 1987 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 September 1993 S 6 March 1992 Bulgaria 27 February 1998 has 27 May 1998 Cyprus 1 July 2002 1 October 2002 Croatia 20 May 1994 S 15 October 1985 Cuba April 15, 1992 was 15 July 1992 Denmark June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 July 2, 1984 Spain was October 15, 1985 Estonia 4 March 1996 was 4 June 1996 Finland 8 August 1985 8 November 1985 France June 12, 1987 12 September 1987 Georgia 2 June 1999 A September 2, 1999 Greece June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Hungary 26 January 1984 15 October 1985 Iran * may 18, 2010 August 18, 2010 Ireland 12 June 1987 12 September 1987 Italy June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Jordan 13 November 2008 February 13, 2009 Kazakhstan January 25, 2005 has 25 April 2005 Kyrgyzstan 2 April 1998 has 2 July 1998 Laos 29 September 2008 29 December 2008 Lesotho 30 March 1988 June 30, 1988 Latvia 18 December 2003 has March 18, 2004 Liberia September 16, 2005 December 16, 2005 Lithuania 7 December 1995 has 7 March 1996 Luxembourg 12 June 1987 September 12, 1987 Macedonia December 20, 1999 17 November 1991 Morocco September 25, 2012 was December 25, 2012 Moldova 3 December 2008 has 3 March 2009 Mongolia November 2, 2007 February 2, 2008 Montenegro 23 October 2006 S June 3, 2006 Norway July 10

1985a 15 October 1985 Uzbekistan November 27, 1996 February 27, 1997 Netherlands has 12 June 1987 September 12, 1987 Aruba, on June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Curacao June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 part Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Sint Maarten June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Poland 6 December 1996 March 6, 1997 Portugal November 10, 1987 was February 10, 1988 Czech Republic 30 September 1993 S 1 January

1993 Romania 10 November 2000 A 10 February 2001 United Kingdom June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Gibraltar 12 June 1987 12 September 1987 Guernsey June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Isle of Man June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Jersey June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Montserrat June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 St. Helena and dependencies (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 Russia January 28, 1986 S April 28, 1986 Serbia March 12, 2001 S

27 April 1992 Slovakia 28 May 1993 S January 1, 1993 Slovenia 6 July 1992 25 June 1991 Sweden July 15, 1985 was October 15, 1985 Switzerland 21 January 1986 21 April 1986 Tajikistan December 28, 2011 March 28, 2012 Tunisia 11 March 2009 A June 11, 2009 Turkey * 21 March 2006 June 21, 2006 Ukraine 12 September 2003 has 12 December 2003 European Union June 12, 1987 September 12, 1987 * reservations and declarations. Reservations and declarations, with the exception of Switzerland, are not published to the RO. Texts in french and English can be found at the United Nations Internet site address: http://treaties.un.org/ or obtained in the Direction of public international law (FDFA), the international treaties Section, 3003 Bern.

For the Kingdom in Europe.

Reservations and declarations Switzerland

The convention also apply to the Principality of Liechtenstein as long as it remains bound to the Switzerland by a customs union treaty.

1986-764 RO; FF 1985 I 1193 RO 1986 763 1986 764 RO, 1987-1016, 1989-314, 2004-3609, 2007 1405, 2009 7105, 2012 4383, 2015 759. A version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA (www.dfae.admin.ch/traites).
RS 0.631.112.514 State February 24, 2015

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