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THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON HARMONIZATION OF FRONTIER CONTROL OF GOODS, 1982 Poul Hansen United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Transport Division. UNECE involvement in transport facilitation

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON HARMONIZATION OF FRONTIER CONTROL OF GOODS, 1982Poul HansenUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)Transport Division

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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  • UNECE involvement in transport facilitation

    • Focal point for regulatory and technical intergovernmental development in the transport facilitation

    • Traditionally originates in Europe (UNECE) due to early identification of needs. Overland focus.

    • Examples: TIR Convention, Temporary importation

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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  • Aim of the Harmonization Convention

    • Simplify customs and administrative border crossing procedures (sanitary, veterinary, physosanitary etc.)

    • Harmonize formalities

    • Reduce the number and duration of controls

    • Standardize documentation

    • Co-ordinates national and international control procedures

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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  • Benefits of the Harmonization Convention

    • Reduction of border delays,

    • Reduction of transport cost

    • Reduction of trade transaction cost

    • Reduction of border operating costs for State budget

    • More efficient investments in border facilities

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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  • Scope of the Harmonization Convention

    • Covers all issues of frontier controls for goods

    • Covers all modes of transport

    • Contains specific provisions for certain transport modes

    • Globally applicable, although European based

    • Global application, UNECE ITC Resolution No. 230

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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  • Main features of the Harmonization Convention

    • Chapter I: General provisions incl. definitions

    • Chapter II: Harmonization of procedures

      • Co-ordination of controls,

      • Resources of the services,

      • International co-operation,

      • Co-operation between adjacent countries,

      • Exchange of information, documents

    • Chapter III: Goods in transit

    • Chapter IV: Miscellaneous

    • Operational annexes

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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Harmonization Convention

Contracting Parties

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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Harmonization Convention

http.//border.unece.org

http://untreaty.un.org/ENGLISH/bible/englishinternetbible/partI/chapterXI/subchapA/treaty17.asp

http://www.unece.org/trans/conventn/harmone.pdf

http://www.unece.org/trans/conventn/harmonr.pdf

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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Harmonization Convention

UNECE SECRETARIAT

8-14, Avenue de PaixCH-1211 Geneva 10Switzerland

Phone: +41 22 917 32 58

Fax: +41 22 917 0 39Email address: [email protected]

UNECE/EurAsEC Conference on

Trade Facilitation


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