Rs 0.631.244.56 Customs Convention Of 8 June 1961 Relating To The Facilities Granted For The Importation Of The Goods To Be Presented Or Used For An Exhibition, A Fair, A Conference Or Similar Event

Original Language Title: RS 0.631.244.56 Convention douanière du 8 juin 1961 relative aux facilités accordées pour l’importation des marchandises destinées à être présentées ou utilisées à une exposition, une foire, un congrès ou une manifestation similaire

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0.631.244.56 text original Customs Convention on facilities for the importation of the goods to be presented or used for an exhibition, a fair, a conference or similar event concluded at Brussels on June 8, 1961, approved by the Federal Assembly on 7 March 1963, Instrument of ratification deposited by the Switzerland on April 30, 1963 entry into force for the Switzerland on 31 July 1963 (State on March 8, 2005) preamble the signatory States of this Convention Gathered under the auspices of the Customs Cooperation Council, with the assistance of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (EEC) and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), whereas the wishes expressed by the representatives of international trade and by other media interested, eager to provide facilities to the goods to be presented at an exhibition , a fair, a conference or similar event character commercial, technical, religious, educational, scientific, cultural or philanthropic, convinced that the adoption of general rules on the customs of these goods will bring substantial trade benefits and will encourage sharing, internationally, of ideas and knowledge, have agreed to the following: chapter I Definitions art. 1. for the purposes of this Convention are: (a) by "event": 1 the exhibitions, fairs, shows and events similar to trade, industry, agriculture and crafts; 2. the exhibitions or events held mainly in a philanthropic goal, 3. Exhibitions and events held mainly in scientific, technical, handicraft, artistic, educational or cultural, sports, religious or cultural purpose, or to help people to be better understand; 4. A meeting of representatives of organizations or groups international; 5. ceremonies and events of an official or commemorative character;

except exhibitions organized privately in shops or business premises with a view to the sale of foreign goods.
(b) by 'import duties': the rights of customs and all other fees and taxes levied on importation or importation, as well as all the rights of excise and internal taxes which are punishable imports, excluding however of the fees and charges which are limited to the approximate cost of services rendered and which do not constitute an indirect protection to domestic products or fiscal nature to import taxes; (c) by "temporary admission". : temporary import duty free import, without prohibitions or import restrictions, in charge of re-export; (d) "Council": organization established by the Convention on the establishment of a Council of Customs Cooperation concluded in Brussels on 15 December 1950; (e) "person": both an individual and a corporation, unless the context otherwise.

RS 0.631.121.2 Chapter II Admission temporary art. 2-1. Benefit from temporary admission: (a) goods intended to be exhibited or to be the subject of a demonstration at an event; (b) goods to be used for the purposes of the presentation of the foreign in a demonstration products, such as: (i) the goods necessary for the demonstration of the machines or foreign aircraft on display; (ii) the material of construction and decoration , including electrical equipment, for temporary of foreign exhibitors stands; (iii) the intended clearly advertising and demonstration material to be used as advertising for foreign goods exhibited, such as sound recordings, films and slides, as well as the equipment necessary for their use;

(c) equipment - including the interpretation facilities, sound recording machines and films to educational, scientific or cultural nature - intended to be used in meetings, conferences and congresses.

2. the targeted facilities to the by. 1 above are granted provided that: (a) the goods can be identified in their re-export, (b) the number or quantity of imported identical articles is reasonable given their destination, (c) the Customs authorities of the country of temporary importation consider that the conditions laid down by this Convention will be met.

Art. 3 as long as they benefit from the facilities provided by this agreement and unless the laws and regulations of the country of temporary importation permit, the goods placed in temporary admission can not be: (a) loaned, rented, or used for a fee, (b) transported out of the event.

Art. 4-1. Goods placed in temporary admission must be re-exported within a period of six months from the date of their importation. However, the Customs authorities of the country of temporary importation may require, given the circumstances and including the duration and the nature of the event, the goods are re-exported within a shorter period, but which should cover, at least, a period of one month after the end of the event.
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article, the Customs authorities allow the parties concerned to allow the goods to be presented or used in a later demonstration, provided that they comply with the provisions of the laws and regulations of that country and that the goods are re-exported within a period of one year from the date of their importation in the country of temporary importation.
3 for valid reasons, the Customs authorities may, within the limits provided for by the laws and regulations in force in the country of temporary importation, or grant more time than expected to the by. 1 and 2 of this Article, either extend the original deadline.
4. when the goods placed in temporary admission cannot be re-exported as a result of a seizure and this seizure has not been carried out at the request of individuals, the obligation to re-export provided for in this Article is suspended for the duration of the seizure.

Art. 5-1. Notwithstanding the obligation to re-export provided for in this Convention, the re-export of the goods perishable, or severely damaged or low value is not required, provided that they are, according to the decision of the Customs authorities: (a) subject to the due in this case import duties; or (b) abandoned free of all expenses to the Treasury publishes the country of temporary importation; or (c) are destroyed, under official control, without that it could result in costs to the Treasury of the country of temporary importation.

2. the goods placed in temporary admission can receive one destination other than re-export and be carried out include the domestic consumption, provided it is satisfied the conditions and the formalities that would be applied, under the laws and regulations of the country of temporary importation, if they were imported directly from abroad.

Chapter III exemption of the payment of the rights to import art. 6-1. Except for goods that have been the subject of reservations notified under the conditions provided for in art. 23 of this agreement, the import duty is not collected, the prohibitions or restrictions on imports are not applied and, if temporary admission has been granted, the re-export is not required in the following cases: (a) small representative samples of foreign goods exposed to a demonstration, including samples of food products and drinks, imported as such or obtained at the event from goods imported in bulk provided: (i) whether foreign products provided free of charge and which serve only to free distributions to the publishes the event to be used or consumed by the people to whom they have been distributed, (ii) that these products are identifiable as being samples advertising with only a low unit value, (iii) that they do not lend themselves to marketing and they are If any, packed in much smaller quantities than those contained in the smallest package sold at retail, (iv) samples of food products and drinks that are not distributed in packages under para. (iii) above - on, are consumed at the event, and (v) that the aggregate value and quantity of goods are reasonable, in the opinion of the Customs authorities of the country of import, the nature of the event, the number of visitors and the importance of the participation of the Exhibitor in the event.


(b) goods imported only for their demonstration, or for the demonstration of machines and devices presented at the event, and which are consumed or destroyed during these demonstrations, provided that the aggregate value and quantity of goods are reasonable, in the opinion of the Customs authorities of the importing country, the nature of the event the number of visitors and the importance of the participation of the Exhibitor in the event; (c) low-value products, used for construction, landscaping and decorating the temporary stands of foreign exhibitor at the event (paintings, painting, paper hanging, etc.) destroyed because of their use; (d) printed matter, catalogues, prospectuses, current prices, posters, calendars (illustrated or not) and unframed photographs obviously to be used as advertising for foreign goods exhibited at the event. provided: (i) that whether foreign products provided free of charge and which serve only for free distribution to the public on the place of event, (ii) that the aggregate value and quantity of goods are reasonable, in the opinion of the Customs authorities of the country of import, the nature of the event, the number of visitors and the importance of the participation of the Exhibitor in the event.

2. the provisions of the by. 1 above shall not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and fuels.

Art. 7 are exempt from the import duty and are subject to any prohibition or restriction of import records, records, forms and other documents to be used as such in the course or on the occasion of meetings, conferences or congresses.

Chapter IV Simplification of formalities art. 8. each Contracting Party reduces to a minimum the customs formalities relating to the facilities provided by this Convention and publishes, in the shortest delays, the rules it lays down about these formalities.

Art. 9-1. Where a Contracting Party requires the provision of a guarantee to ensure execution of the conditions required to benefit from the facilities provided for by this agreement, the amount of this guarantee may not exceed more than 10% of the import duties payable.
2. However, this Contracting Party will endeavour to accept, in all cases where this is possible, the substitution of a comprehensive guarantee supplied by the organizers of the event or any other person approved by the Customs authorities, to the individual guarantees that may be required pursuant to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.

Art. 10-1. At the entrance and exit, verification and clearance of the goods which will be or have been presented or used in a demonstration shall be made in all cases where it is possible and appropriate, the scene of this event.
2. each Contracting Party will seek, in all cases where it deems it useful, in view of the importance of the event, open for a reasonable time, a Customs Office on the site of the demonstration organized on its territory.
3. the re-export of goods placed under temporary admission can be done in one or in several times and by any Customs office open to these operations, although it is different from the office of importation, unless the importers is committed, in order to benefit from a simplified procedure, re-export by the bureau of import goods.

Chapter V provisions various art. 11. products obtained incidentally during the event, from goods imported temporarily, during the demonstration of machinery or aircraft on display, are subject to the provisions of this Convention.

Art. 12. the provisions of this Convention set minimum facilities and do not put obstacle to the application of greater facilities that some Contracting Parties grant or would grant either by unilateral provisions or under bilateral or multilateral agreements art. 13. for the application of this Convention, the territories of Contracting Parties which form a customs or economic can be considered as a single territory.

Art. 14. the provisions of the present Convention are no obstacle to the application: (a) national or conventional no customs provisions on the organisation of events; (b) prohibitions and restrictions deriving from laws and regulations national and based on considerations of morality or order public, public security, hygiene or public health, or for veterinary or phytopathological considerations , or relating to the protection of patents, trademarks and copyrights and reproduction rights.

Art. 15. any breach of the provisions of the present Convention, any substitution, false statement or manoeuvre which would unduly benefit a person or object of the facilities provided by this agreement, exposes the offender, in the country where the offence was committed, to the penalties provided for by the laws and regulations of that country and, where appropriate, to payment of the import duties payable.

Chapter VI provisions final art. 16-1. The Contracting Parties meet when it is necessary to examine the conditions in which the Convention is applied to, in particular, to seek measures to ensure uniform interpretation and application.
2. these meetings are convened by the Secretary General of the Council, on the request of a Contracting Party, and, except as otherwise the Contracting Parties, held at the headquarters of the Council.
3. the Contracting Parties establish the rules of procedure for their meetings. Decisions of the Contracting Parties are taken by a majority of two thirds of those who are present and who take part in the vote.
4. the Contracting Parties cannot validly pronounce on a matter only if more than half of them are present.

Art. 17-1. Any dispute between Contracting Parties concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention is, as much as possible, resolved through direct negotiations between those parties.
2. any dispute which is not settled by direct negotiation is carried by the parties concerned, before the Contracting Parties, in accordance with art. 16 of the present Convention, who examine the dispute and make recommendations for its settlement.
3. the parties to the dispute may agree in advance to accept the recommendations of the Contracting Parties.

Art. 18-1. Any member of the Council and any Member State of the Organization of the United Nations or its specialized agencies may become a Contracting Party to this Convention: (a) by her signing without reservation of ratification; (b) by depositing an instrument of ratification after having signed it subject to ratification; or (c) by acceding to it.

2. the present Convention is open until March 31, 1962, at the Council headquarters, in Brussels, for signature by the States concerned to the by. 1 of this Article. After this date, it will be open to their membership.
3. in the cases provided for in the by. 1 (b) of the present Article, the Convention is subject to ratification by the signatory States in accordance with their respective constitutional procedures.
4. any State not a member of the organizations referred to the by. 1 of this Article, to which an invitation to that effect by the Secretary General of the Council, at the request of the Contracting Parties, may become a Contracting Party to this Convention by acceding to it after its entry into force.
5. the instruments of ratification or accession are deposited with the Secretary General of the Council.

Art. 19-1. This Convention comes into force three months after five of the States referred to in the by. 1 of art. 18 of this agreement have signed it without reservation of ratification or have deposited their instrument of ratification or accession.
2 with respect to any State which ratifies this agreement or joins, after five States have signed the Convention without reservation of ratification, be deposited their instrument of ratification or accession, this Convention comes into force three months after the deposit of the instrument of ratification or accession of that State.

Art. 20-1. This Convention is concluded for an unlimited period. However, any Contracting Party may denounce it at any time after the date of its entry into force, such that it is attached to the art. 19 of this Convention.
2. the denunciation shall be notified by a written instrument deposited with the Secretary General of the Council.
3. the denunciation shall take effect six months after receipt of the instrument of denunciation by the Secretary-General of the Council.

Art. 21-1. The Contracting Parties, in accordance with art. 16 above, may recommend amendments to this Convention.
2. the text of any amendment so recommended is communicated by the Secretary General of the Council to all Contracting Parties, other States signatories or members, the Secretary General of the United Nations and UNESCO.

3. within a period of six months from the date of communication of the recommended amendment, any Contracting Party may inform the Secretary-General of the Council: (a) that it has an objection to the recommended amendment, (b) or, although it intends to accept the recommended amendment, the conditions necessary for such acceptance are not yet fulfilled in its country.

4. as long as a Contracting Party, that the above communication is addressed to the by. 3 (b) has not notified its acceptance to the Secretary General of the Council, it may, for a period of nine months from the expiry of the six months deadline to the by. 3 of this Article, submit an objection to the recommended amendment.
5. If an objection to the recommended amendment is made as provided in the by. 3 and 4 of this Article, the amendment is considered not to have been accepted and remains without effect.
6. If no objection to the recommended amendment has been made in the conditions laid down in the by. 3 and 4 of this Article, the amendment is deemed accepted on the following date: (a) If no Contracting Party has sent a communication in application of the by. 3 (b) of this Article, on the expiry of the period of six months referred to this by. 3; (b) when one or more Contracting Parties have sent a communication in application of the by. 3 (b) of this Article, to there earlier of the following two dates: (i) date on which all the Contracting Parties who have sent such a communication notified to the Secretary General of the Council their acceptance of the recommended amendment, this date being postponed however on the expiry of the period of six months referred to the by. 3 of the present Article if all the acceptances were notified previously to this expiry; (ii) date of expiry of the period of nine months referred to the by. 4 of this Article.

7. any amendment deemed accepted comes into force six months after the date on which it was deemed accepted.
8. the Secretary General of the Council notifies as soon as possible all the Contracting Parties any objection formulated according to the by. 3 (a) of this Article as well as any communication addressed according to the by. 3 (b). He indicated later to all the Contracting Parties whether the Contracting Parties which have sent such a communication raise an objection to the recommended amendment or accept it.
9 any State which ratifies this Convention or join is considered having accepted the amendments entered into force on the date of the deposit of its instrument of ratification or accession.

Art. 22 1. Any State may, at the time of signature without reservation of ratification, ratification or accession, or at a later time, notify the Secretary General of the Council that the Convention extends to all or some of the territories for whose international relations are under its responsibility, the Convention is applicable such territories three months after the date of receipt of this notification by the Secretary General of the Council , but not before the date of entry into force of this Convention for that State.
2. any State having, by virtue of the by. 1 of this Article, accepted this Convention to a territory whose international relations are under its responsibility, may notify the Secretary General of the Council, in accordance with the provisions of Art.20 of the Convention, that the territory will cease to apply the Convention.

Art. 23 1. Any State may declare at the time when it signs or ratifies this Convention or adhere or, after becoming a Contracting Party to the Convention, notify the Secretary-General of the Council that it consider itself not bound by the provisions of art. 6, by. 1, al. (a) of the Convention. These declarations and notifications should explicitly indicate the goods in respect of which the reservation is made. Notifications addressed to the Secretary General shall be effective on the ninetieth day after they are received by the Secretary General.
2. If a Contracting Party makes a reservation according to the by. 1 of this Article, the other Contracting Parties are not bound by the provisions of art. 6, by. 1, al. (a), of this Convention for the Contracting Party with respect to the goods specified in this reserve.
3 any Contracting Party which has made a reservation in accordance with the by. 1 of this Article may, at any time, lift this reservation by notification to the Secretary General of the Council.
4. no other reservation to this Convention is made.

Art. 24. the Secretary General of the Council shall notify all the Contracting Parties as well as the other States signatories or members, the Secretary General of the United Nations and UNESCO: (a) signatures, ratifications and accessions referred to in art. 18; (b) the date on which this Convention comes into force in accordance with art. 19; (c) the denunciations and cancellations notified in accordance with art. 20; (d) deemed amendments accepted in accordance with art. 21. as the date of their entry into force; (e) declarations and notifications received in accordance with art. 22; (f) declarations and notifications received in accordance with art. 23, by. 1 and 3, as well as the date on which reserves come into force or that from which they are lifted.

Art. 25 field of application of the convention on 1 November 2004, Reserves and statements according to art. 102 of the Charter of the United Nations, this Convention will be registered in the United Nations Secretariat at the request of the Secretary General of the Council.
In faith whereof, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries have signed this Convention.
Done at Brussels, on June eight thousand nine hundred and sixty and one, in English and French languages, both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council who will forward it to all the States referred to the by. 1 of art. in accordance with this agreement, certified copies 18.
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RS 0.120 scope of the convention on 1 November 2004 States parties Ratification, accession (A) Declaration of estate (S) entry into force September 28, 1971 South Africa has 28 December 1971 Algeria 31 October 1988-31 January 1989 Germany 9 June 1967-9 September 1967 Australia 20 December 1962 21 March Austria 20 September 1963 1962 21 December Bahrain 24 January 1962 1997-24 April 1997 Belgium 6 July 1967-6 October 1967 Bulgaria 31 July 1964 1 November 1964 Cambodia February 20, 1963 has 21 May 1963 China 27 August 1993 25 November 1993 Hong Kong July 1, 1997 to July 1, 1997 Cyprus 15 December 1972 15 March 1973 Korea (South) 21 October 1975 has 21 January 1976 Ivory Coast * 2 June 1978 2 September 1978 Croatia 29 September 1994 has 29 December 1994 Cuba 2 May 1962 August 3, 1962 Denmark * April 14, 1965 July 15, 1965 Egypt 25 March 1963 A June 26, 1963 Spain February 11, 1963 may 12, 1963 Finland 1 August 1964 has 2 November 1964 France 22 June 1964 September 23, 1964 Greece 19 July 1962 20 October 1962 Hungary 4 February 1963 was 5 May 1963 India * June 20, 1988 September 20, 1988 Iran 16 April 1968 16 July 1968 Ireland April 15, 1965 July 16, 1965 Iceland December 8, 1970 was March 8, 1971 Israel 16 December 1964 A

March 17, 1965 Italy * 9 November 1963 10 February 1964 Japan 1 August 1973 was 1 November 1973 Lesotho 27 January 1982 April 27, 1982 Lebanon 11 December 1979 March 11, 1980 Liechtenstein 31 July 1963 Luxembourg 16 February 1971 has 16 May 1971 Macedonia 3 April 1996 has 2 July 1996 Madagascar April 12, 1962 July 13, 1962 Mali 3 March 1989 has 3 June 1989 Malta * may 11, 1988 August 11, 1988 Morocco 16 November 1962 February 17, 1963 Mexico 13 November 2000 has 14 February 2001 Niger March 14, 1962 July 13, 1962 Norway September 23, 1963 December 24, 1963 New Zealand 17 May 1977 has 15 August 1977 Uganda 11 July 1989 11 October 1989 Netherlands 17 January 1964 April 18, 1964 Netherlands Antilles 17 January 1964 has 18 April 1964 Aruba December 19, 1985 was 1 January 1986 Poland 19 July 1969 Portugal 31 October 19, 1969 March 1962 July 13, 1962 Central African Republic April 1, 1962 was July 13, 1962 Dominican Republic 12 December 1962 was March 13, 1963 Czech Republic 1 January 1993 of January 1, 1993 Romania 15 January 1964 to April 16, 1964 United Kingdom 25 March 1963 26 June 1963 Guernsey 25 March 1963 A June 26, 1963 Hong Kong December 14, 1973 has 14 March 1974 Isle of Man March 25, 1963 A June 26, 1963 Jersey 25 March 1963 has 26 June 1963 Serbia - and - Montenegro 27 December 2001 has 27 March 2002 Slovakia 5 February 1993 of January 1, 1993 Slovenia November 23, 1992 to February 23, 1993 Sudan * 28 May 1974 28 August 1974 Sri Lanka 14 July 1981 has 14 October 1981 Sweden 19 March 1964 20 June 1964 Switzerland * April 30, 1963 July 31, 1963 Thailand 30 September 1994 has 30 December 1994 Trinidad and Tobago 5 January 1981 was 5 April 1981 Tunisia 21 April 1972 was 21 July

1972 Turkey * August 23, 1974 23 November 1974 * reservations and declarations, see below.


March 14, 1974 to June 30, 1997, the conv. was applicable to Hong Kong on the basis of a declaration of territorial expansion of the United Kingdom. Starting from July 1, 1997, Hong Kong became a special administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Under the Bill on 6 June 1997, the conv Chinese. is also applicable to the Hong Kong SAR after July 1, 1997.

Reservations and declarations Ivory Coast in accordance with art. 23, by. 1, the Republic of the Ivory Coast does not consider itself bound by the provisions of art. 6, by. 1, al. (a) regarding tobacco, fuels, perfumes and beauty products.
On the other hand, the Republic of the Ivory Coast communicates if the re-export can take place in Côte d'Ivoire in accordance with art. 10, by. 3, of the convention by one office other than the office of importation, the importer should re-export by the bureau of import goods to benefit from a simplified procedure.
Denmark the convention does not apply to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
India in accordance with art. 23 of the convention, the Government of the India reserves the right not to apply the provisions of art. 6 to the following goods: 1 gemstones and jewellery and jewellery of all types; 2 items. The drug; 3. The devices and devices electronic for the general public, of all types; 4. Textile products and clothing manufacturing; 5. The watchmaking articles; 6. All other products that could notify the Government of the India.

Italy the Italian Government, based on art. 23 of the convention, cannot not consider itself as bound by the provisions of art. 6, by. 1, let. (a), goods below, for which he will be not granted of customs import allowances: coffee, the, mate and spices-cocoa and cocoa - candies, dragees and other products from sugar - alcohol-based perfumes - pharmaceuticals - beer - lubricating oils - matches - saccharine - automatic ignition devices and stones to fire - papers and cigarette tubes products - bananas.
Malta in accordance with art. 23 of the convention, and with regard to art. 6, by. 1, letter a, the Government of Malta reserves the right not to collect the import duties, only for samples without commercial value, but not on the consumable goods.
Sudan the Sudan Democratic Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions of art. 6, by. 1, al. (a) regarding alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
Switzerland the convention also apply to the Principality of Liechtenstein, as long as it remains tied to the Switzerland by a customs union treaty.
Turkey the Turkey doesn't consider itself not bound by the provisions of art. 6, by. 1, let. (a) of the convention with respect to the following goods: tobacco and products of tobacco, tea, whisky and produced alcohol, beer, cocoa and products containing cocoa, coffee, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, alcohol, matches, lighters, cigarette papers.

1963 464 RO; FF 1962 Art. 1161 II 1 of AF of 7 March 1963 (RO 1963 439) State 11. July 2006

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