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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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Application of the Harmonization Convention
    • Accession (UN Secretary General depositary)
    • Relation to other treaties
    • Contracting Parties (48 countries)

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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