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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Convention relating to temporary admission (Istanbul Convention)
Type of Agreement Multilateral
Place of Signature Istanbul
Date of Signature 26/06/1990
Date of Entry Into Force 27/11/1993
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To facilitate temporary admission by simplifying and harmonising procedures through the adoption of standardised model papers as international customs documents with international security, thereby contributing to the development of international trade.
Remarks The Convention on Temporary Admission (the Istanbul Convention) is a single international instrument combining all the existing Conventions on temporary admission. It is aimed at simplifying and harmonising temporary admission procedures. It entered into force on 27 November 1993. Temporary admission without payment of customs duties is established to minimise the costs of border crossing and provides an important incentive for the development of a country’s economic activity. The Convention provides for the free movement of goods across frontiers and their temporary admission into a customs territory with relief from duties and taxes. It also requires contracting parties to accept the ATA carnet, an international customs document that assures through an international guarantee system that duties and taxes will be paid in cases of misuse. With this system the international business community enjoys considerable simplification of customs formalities as the ATA carnet also serves as a goods declaration at export, transit and import. The ATA carnet is now the document most widely used by the business community for international operations involving the temporary admission of goods. Annexes to the Convention accepted by the EC: A; B.1; B.2; B.3; B.4; B.5; B.6; B.7; B.8; B.9; C; D; E.
OJ Reference L130, 27/05/1993, p. 4
Depositary World Customs Organisation
Contracting Parties European Community, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
Authentic Texts English, French
Subject Matters Customs
Entry into force conditions Article 26 Convention
Regional and International Organisation (REIO) Article 24 Convention
Settlement of disputes Article 19 Convention
Management Administrative Committee
Date of Signature 28/06/1990
Conclusion Date 18/06/1997
Ratification Status R
Conclusion Decision 93/329/EEC: Council Decision of 15 March 1993 concerning the conclusion of the Convention on Temporary Admission and accepting its annexes; OJ L130 of 27/05/1993, p.1
Date of Entry Into Force 18/09/1997
Reserves A declaration of EU competence exists for this treaty. To consult the text click on "to load all the summary data of the treaty".
Competence Mixed
Voting Right(s)
EC exercises voting rights of its MS contracting parties (if EC votes MS no and vice-versa) Article 24 Convention
Legal Basis Treaty EEC: Article 113

Last Update :   21/02/2012