Customs Convention on Containers


The first Container Convention was produced in 1956 in Geneva for members of the Economic Commission for Europe and was extended in 1972 in Geneva to worldwide application . The new Convention is administrated by the Customs Co-operation council .

Its purpose is to facilitate the use of Containers in International Traffic . The contracting parties grant free temporary admission to containers subject to re-exportation when they are ;

-----  imported loaded to be re-exported empty or loaded

-----  imported empty to be re-exported loaded .

Containers have to be approved in compliance with technical conditions concerning construction and closing systems , including ;

-----  external marking with owner's name and address , tare and identification ;

-----  they have to be capable to simple and effective sealing ;

-----  it must not be possible to introduce or remove any goods without breaking the seal or leaving traces of tampering .

-----  there must be no spaces in which goods might be hidden ;

-----  they must be readily accessible for Customs inspection ; a certificate of approval must be displayed on the outside ;

-----  prescribed structural requirements ;

-----  requirements relating to thee closing system .

Approval must by one contracting party should be accepted by other contracting parties  . There is a right to refuse to recognize the approval of containers found not to meet the prescribed conditions , but traffic is not to be delayed only on account of minor defect when there is no risk to smuggling .

A period of 3 months temporary admission is allowed , but this can be extended if circumstances justify it .

Provision is made for damaged containers to remain in  the country provided :

-----  duty is paid on the value of the container taking its condition into account ;

-----  the container is abandoned ;

-----  it is destroyed under supervision at the owner's expense , and duty paid on the scrape value if any component parts imported for the repair of damages containers are admitted free to duty .