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Legal instruments in the field of transport

Customs Convention on Containers, 1972

Geneva, 2 December 1972

Entry into force: 6 December 1975, in accordance with article 19.
Registration: 6 December 1975, No. 14449.
Status: Signatories: 15, Parties: 40.
Text: United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 988, p. 43 and depositary notifications C.N.358.1981.TREATIES-1 of 8 December 1981 (amendments to annexes 4 and 6); vol. 1407, p. 389 (amendments to annexes 1, 5, 6 and 7); vol. 1490, p. 531 (amendments to annex 6); vol. 1488, p. 345 (procès-verbal of rectification of the original French and Spanish texts); C.N.276.1988.TREATIES-1 of 1 December 1988 (amendments to article 1, paragraph c and annex 6); C.N.36.1994.TREATIES-1 of 10 March 1994 (amendments to the Convention and annexes 4 and 6); C.N.492.2007.TREATIES-1 of 20 April 2007 (proposal of amendments to Annexes 1 and 4); C.N.327.2008.TREATIES-1 of 22 April 2008 (amendments to Annexes 1 and 4).
   
Note: The Convention was adopted by the United Nations/IMCO Conference on Containers Traffic, held at Geneva from 13 November to 2 December 1972. The Conference was convened in pursuance of a decision taken by the Economic and Social Council on 22 May 19703 and Council resolutions 1568 (L)4 and 1725 (LIII)5. The Conference adopted a Final Act containing, inter alia, the texts of eight resolutions (see Doc. E/CONF.59/44). The Convention was open for signature until 15 January 1973 at the Office of the United Nations at Geneva and subsequently from 1 February 1973 until 31 December 1973 inclusive at the Headquarters of the United Nations at New York.
Participant
Signature  
Definitive signature (s), Ratification, Accession (a), Succession (d) 
Algeria 
14 Dec 1978 a 
Armenia 
9 Jun 2006 a 
Australia 
10 Nov 1975 a 
Austria 
22 May 1973 
17 Jun 1977 
Azerbaijan 
17 Jan 2005 a 
Belarus 
22 Oct 1973 
1 Sep 1976 
Bulgaria 
12 Jan 1973 
22 Feb 1977 
Burundi 
4 Sep 1998 a 
Canada 
5 Dec 1972 
10 Dec 1975 
China
22 Jan 1986 a 
Cuba 
23 Nov 1984 a 
Czech Republic
2 Jun 1993 d 
Finland 
26 Dec 1973 
22 Feb 1983 a  
Georgia 
2 Jun 1999 a 
Greece 
11 Jan 1973 
Hungary 
10 Jan 1973 
12 Dec 1973 
Indonesia 
11 Oct 1989 a 
Kazakhstan 
25 Jan 2005 a 
Kyrgyzstan 
22 Oct 2007 a 
Lebanon 29 Aug 2013 a
Liberia 
16 Sep 2005 a 
Lithuania 
27 Mar 2002 a 
Montenegro
23 Oct 2006 d 
Morocco 
14 Aug 1990 a 
New Zealand
20 Dec 1974 a 
Poland 
20 Dec 1972 
29 Apr 1982 
Republic of Korea 
15 Jan 1973 
19 Oct 1984 
Republic of Moldova 11 Oct 2016 a
Romania 
11 Dec 1973 
6 Mar 1975 
Russian Federation 
18 Oct 1973 
23 Aug 1976 
Saudi Arabia
23 Dec 2008 a 
Serbia 
6 Sep 2001 a 
Slovakia
28 May 1993 d 
Spain 
16 Apr 1975 a 
Switzerland
5 Dec 1972 
12 Oct 1976 
Trinidad and Tobago 
23 Mar 1990 a 
Tunisia
 
11 March 2009 a
Turkey 
15 Dec 1972 
13 Jul 1994 
Ukraine 
22 Oct 1973 
1 Sep 1976 
United States of America 
5 Dec 1972 
12 Nov 1984 
Uzbekistan 
27 Nov 1996 a 

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