The Rhine manifest procedure was established to facilitate the movement of goods on the Rhine and its associated tributaries across national frontiers.
The legal bases for this procedure are the Mannheim Convention of 17 October 1868 and the Protocol adopted by the Central Rhine Navigation Commission on 22 November 1963 .
The Community legislation which provides for the Rhine manifest to be used as a Community transit document is Articles 91(2) and 163(2) Community Customs Code.
The Mannheim Convention concerns the following countries bordering the Rhine :
- the Netherlands,
- France and
which for the purposes of the Convention are considered as forming a single territory.