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                     ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
                       INLAND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
   
                        INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
                TO FACILITATE THE CROSSING OF FRONTIERS
               FOR PASSENGERS AND BAGGAGE CARRIED BY RAIL
   
                          (Geneva, 10.I.1952)
   
       The undersigned,
       Duly authorized,
       Meeting  at  Geneva,  under  the  auspices  of  the   Economic
   Commission for Europe,
       For the purpose of facilitating the crossing of frontiers  for
   passengers carried by rail,
       Have agreed as follows:
   
                 Chapter I. ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION
        OF FRONTIER STATIONS WHERE EXAMINATIONS ARE CARRIED OUT
                     BY THE TWO ADJOINING COUNTRIES
   
                               Article 1
   
       1. On every railway line carrying  a  considerable  volume  of
   international  traffic,  which  crosses  the  frontier between two
   adjoining countries,  the competent authorities of those countries
   shall,  wherever  examination cannot be satisfactorily carried out
   while the trains are in motion, jointly examine the possibility of
   designating by agreement a station close to the frontier, at which
   shall  be  carried  out  the  examinations  required   under   the
   legislation  of the two countries in respect of the entry and exit
   of passengers and their baggage.
       2. Where two adjoining countries designate several stations of
   this kind along their common frontier, the number of such stations
   on  either  side  of  the frontier shall,  so far as possible,  be
   equal.
   
                               Article 2
   
       1. Whenever a station is designated in accordance with article
   1, a zone shall be set up within which officials and agents of the
   competent administrations of the country adjoining  the  territory
   on  which  the  station is established (hereinafter referred to as
   the "adjoining country") shall be entitled to  examine  passengers
   crossing the frontier in either direction,  their baggage and also
   parcels carried by international passenger trains.
       2. As a general rule, this zone shall comprise:
       (a) A specified area of the station;
       (b) Passenger  trains  and  the  section of the track on which
   they stand throughout the whole period of the examination;
       (c) Such parts of the platforms and tracks as may be agreed in
   each case  by  the  competent  administrations  of  the  countries
   concerned; and
       (d) Passenger trains between the station and the  frontier  of
   the adjoining country.
   
                               Article 3
   
       Application, within  the  zone  established in accordance with
   article 2, of the laws and regulations of the adjoining country as
   well  as the powers,  rights and duties pertaining within the zone
   to officials and agents of the competent administrations  of  that
   country,  shall be the subject of bilateral agreements between the
   competent authorities of the countries concerned.
   
                               Article 4
   
       1. The competent administrations of  the  countries  concerned
   shall  determine by special agreements what premises are needed by
   the services of the adjoining country within the said zone and the
   conditions  under  which the railway administration of the country
   in whose territory the station is situated shall supply furniture,
   lighting,  heating,  cleaning, telephone communications, etc., for
   the said premises.
       2. Any  equipment required for the functioning of the services
   of the adjoining country shall be imported on  a  temporary  basis
   and  re-exported free of all Customs duties and charges,  provided
   that the proper declaration is  made.  Regulations  forbidding  or
   restricting import or export shall not apply to such equipment.
   
                               Article 5
   
       1. The  premises  allotted  to  the  services of the adjoining
   country within the zone set up in ac-cordance with article  2  may
   be  distinguished on the outside by a notice including a shield in
   the national colours of that country.
       2. Officials  and  agents  of the competent administrations of
   the  adjoining  country  shall  wear  national  uniform   or   the
   distinguishing   badge  prescribed  by  the  regulations  of  that
   country.
       3. Officials  and  agents  of the competent administrations of
   the adjoining country who are called on to go to  the  station  in
   order   to  carry  out  the  examinations  provided  for  in  this
   Convention shall be exempt from passport  formalities.  Production
   of their official papers shall be deemed sufficient proof of their
   nationality, identity, rank and of the nature of their duties.
       4. The officials and agents mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3 of
   this article shall enjoy,  in the exercise of  their  duties,  the
   same  protection and assistance as the corresponding officials and
   agents of the country in whose territory the station is situated.
       5. Exemption  from  taxes and charges may be granted under the
   bilateral agreements provided for in article 3  to  officials  and
   agents  of  the adjoining country residing in the country in whose
   territory the station is situated.
       6. The  bilateral  agreements  referred  to in article 3 shall
   determine:
       (a) The  maximum  numbers  of  officials  and  agents  of  the
   competent administrations of the adjoining country  authorized  to
   carry  out examinations in the zone established in accordance with
   article 2;
       (b) The  conditions  under which their recall may be demanded;
   and
       (c) The  conditions  under  which  they may carry arms and use
   them in the exercise of their duties within the said zone.
   
                               Article 6
   
       1. In principle,  examinations shall be carried out in through
   vestibule-coaches  of international trains,  whenever such coaches
   are used.  Railway officials and agents shall give  all  necessary
   assistance  in  order to ensure effective and speedy examinations.
   They shall,  in particular,  co-operate in preventing  passengers,
   subject  to  examination,  from  leaving  or moving up or down the
   train until  the  examination  is  completed.  As  an  exceptional
   measure,  such  examinations  may  be  carried  out in the Customs
   examination sheds of  the  station,  whenever  the  administration
   concerned deems it necessary.
       2. In principle,  the examinations referred to in paragraph  1
   of this article shall be carried out in the following order:
       (a) Police examination by the country of exit;
       (b) Customs and other examination by the country of exit;
       (c) Police examination by the country of entry; and
       (d) Customs and other examination by the country of entry.
       3. Examinations by officials and  agents  of  the  country  of
   entry  may only be carried out in those parts of the train already
   examined by the officials and agents of the country  of  exit  and
   the  latter  may  not re-examine any parts of the train which they
   have already cleared,  unless special provision  be  made  to  the
   contrary in the bilateral agreements.
       4. For international trains of normal composition,  namely ten
   to  twelve  coaches  without  over-load,  the wait required at the
   station for carrying out  the  said  examinations  shall  not,  in
   principle,  exceed  forty  minutes;  for  smaller  trains,  and in
   particular for railcars, it shall be reduced to the minimum.
       5. With  a  view to carrying out the provisions of paragraph 4
   of this article,  the railway  administrations  shall  notify  the
   competent  authorities  of  the countries of entry and exit in due
   time of any changes in the frequency,  timing and  composition  of
   international trains.
   
                               Article 7
   
       In so  far  as currency control is in force in the territories
   of Contracting Parties, currency control measures shall be carried
   out within the timelimits laid down in article 6, paragraph 4. The
   authorities concerned shall do their utmost to arrange  for  these
   operations  to  be  carried  out  in  such  a  way as to avoid any
   additional inconvenience to passengers.
   
                               Article 8
   
       On all main routes the  Contracting  Parties  shall  establish
   direct  railway  service  telephone  lines  between  the  frontier
   stations of the adjoining countries and take steps  to  facilitate
   and accelerate private telephone communications.  The privilege of
   establishing direct telephone  communications  may,  by  bilateral
   agreement, be extended to other public services.
   
               Chapter II. POLICE AND CUSTOMS EXAMINATION
                      WHILE THE TRAIN IS IN MOTION
   
                               Article 9
   
       1. Police and Customs  examinations  on  international  trains
   shall,  so  far as possible,  be carried out while the train is in
   motion,  provided that such examinations prove more effective  and
   at the same time more convenient for the passengers:
       (a) Whenever the non-stop run,  either  before  or  after  the
   frontier  station  of each of the two adjoining countries,  allows
   sufficient time on its territory for completion of  the  necessary
   formalities; and
       (b) Provided examination while the train is in motion  enables
   the  waits,  either  at  frontier  stations  or  at stations where
   examinations are carried out by the two adjoining countries, to be
   appreciably reduced.
       2. In cases where it is deemed necessary, in order to expedite
   examination  or to eliminate stops at frontiers,  to authorize the
   officials or agents of an adjoining country to board international
   trains  and carry out examinations therein on the territory of the
   other adjoining country,  the competent  authorities  of  the  two
   countries   shall   determine,   by  a  bilateral  agreement,  the
   conditions under which such operations shall be conducted.
       3. On  international  trains,  the  examination  of registered
   baggage,  where not carried under the international transit system
   described  in  article  10,  shall be conducted so far as possible
   while the train is in motion, provided that such examination is of
   assistance to passengers travelling with such baggage.
       4. The procedure for applying the provisions  of  the  present
   article  shall  be  laid down in agreements concluded between  the
   competent administrations of the Contracting Parties.
   
                  Chapter III. INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT
          UNDER CUSTOMS CONTROL OF BAGGAGE AND PARCELS CARRIED
                   BY INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER TRAINS
   
                               Article 10
   
       1. In  order  to  avoid,  in  principle,  examination  of  the
   registered  baggage of passengers in transit through the territory
   of a country,  and of parcels carried in transit by  international
   passenger trains,  the Customs and other administrations concerned
   of the Contracting Parties shall,  in agreement with  the  railway
   administrations of the said Parties,  take special measures,  such
   as sealing baggage compartments or vans,  or the containers, skips
   or  sacks  in which such baggage is carried,  or affixing seals to
   the  parcels  themselves,  provided   an   international   Customs
   declaration form is completed.
       2. In  agreement  with  the  railway  administrations  of  the
   countries   concerned,   the  Customs  and  other  administrations
   concerned of  the  said  countries  shall  establish,  so  far  as
   possible,  offices  at  those stations in the interior of the said
   countries where international traffic is  particularly  heavy,  in
   order  to  permit  the Customs clearance and other examinations of
   registered baggage and of parcels  carried  by  passenger  trains,
   either  before  departure  from such stations or on arrival there.
   Between one such station in  the  interior  of  a  country  and  a
   frontier station in either direction  or between two such stations
   in the interior of two countries,  such baggage and parcels may be
   carried  under  the  international  transit  system referred to in
   paragraph 1 of this article.
       3. Railway administrations shall, wherever possible, endeavour
   to  arrange  for  registered  baggage  and  parcels   carried   by
   international  passenger  trains to be cleared through the Customs
   and to undergo the other examinations before they  are  loaded  at
   the station of dispatch.
       4. If at frontier stations packages cannot be cleared  through
   the  Customs  and  examined in the time specified under article 6,
   paragraph 4,  they shall be unloaded and the train  shall  not  be
   held up.
       5. With a view to the application of  the  provisions  of  the
   present chapter:
       (a) The Contracting Parties shall recognize, in principle, the
   Customs  seals  of  the other Contracting Parties,  subject to the
   right of each Customs administration to add its own seal should it
   deem this essential;
       (b) The  Contracting  Parties   shall   adopt   the   standard
   international Customs declaration form annexed to this Convention,
   unless any simpler system is in force;
       (c) The  standard international Customs declaration form shall
   be printed  in two languages,  French  and  the  language  of  the
   country of dispatch;  unless otherwise provided,  it shall be made
   out in duplicate for each country;
       (d) The  declaration  by  the consignor shall be made in Latin
   characters and in  the language of the country of dispatch  or  in
   French,  and  where  necessary  the railway administration will be
   responsible for its translation; and
       (e) This  regulation  does  not  rule  out the possibility for
   Customs and railway administrations  which see fit to  do  so,  to
   allow  the  use  of  other  languages  in  connexion  with traffic
   exclusively concerned with their particular country.
       6. This standard international Customs declaration form may be
   modified in accordance with the simplified procedure described  in
   article 16 of this Convention.
   
                     Chapter IV. CONTROL FACILITIES
   
                               Article 11
   
       1. Passengers  using  the  railway shall enjoy all the Customs
   privileges granted to passengers crossing the  frontier  by  other
   means of transport.
       2. Control officials and agents shall take all necessary steps
   to prevent a train from being delayed in the event of difficulties
   or disputes which affect only a small number of the passengers  on
   the train.
   
                        Chapter V. FINAL CLAUSES
   
                               Article 12
   
       1. After signature this day, this Convention shall be open for
   accession by the  countries  participating  in  the  work  of  the
   Economic Commission for Europe.
       2. The  instruments  of  accession  and,   if   required,   of
   ratification shall be deposited with  the Secretary-General of the
   United Nations who shall notify all the countries referred  to  in
   paragraph 1 of this article of the receipt thereof.
   
                               Article 13
   
       This Convention  may  be  denounced  by  means  of six months'
   notice given to the Secretary-General of the  United  Nations  who
   shall  notify  the  other  Contracting Parties thereof.  After the
   expiry of the six months' period, the Convention shall cease to be
   in force as regards the Contracting Party which has denounced it.
   
                               Article 14
   
       1. This  Convention  shall  enter into force when three of the
   countries referred to in  article  12,  paragraph  1,  shall  have
   become Contracting Parties thereto.
       2. It shall terminate if at any time the number of Contracting
   Parties thereto is less than three.
   
                               Article 15
   
       Any dispute  between  any  two  or  more  Contracting  Parties
   concerning the interpretation or application of  this  Convention,
   which  the  Parties  are  unable  to  settle  by negotiation or by
   another mode of settlement,  may be referred for decision,  at the
   request  of  any  one of the Contracting Parties concerned,  to an
   arbitral commission,  to which each party  to  the  dispute  shall
   nominate  one  member;  the  chairman,  who shall have the casting
   vote,  shall be appointed by the Secretary-General of  the  United
   Nations.
   
                               Article 16
   
       1. Should one of the Contracting Parties consider it desirable
   for modifications to be made to the standard international Customs
   declaration  form annexed to this Convention,  it shall submit its
   proposed amendment to the Secretary-General of the United Nations,
   who  shall  communicate  the  text  thereof  to  all  signatory or
   acceding countries.
       2. The  amendment  shall  be  deemed to come into force ninety
   days from the date  of  the  communication  provided  for  in  the
   preceding paragraph,  unless, before the expiry of that period, at
   least one-third  of  the  signatory  or  acceding  countries  have
   notified  the  Secretary-General  of  the  United Nations of their
   objection to the amendment.
       3. The  Secretary-General  of  the United Nations shall record
   the entry into force of amendments to the annex and  shall  inform
   all signatory or acceding countries thereof.
   
                               Article 17
   
       1. The original of this Convention shall be deposited with the
   Secretary-General of the  United  Nations  who  shall  transmit  a
   certified  true  copy thereof to each of the countries referred to
   in article 12, paragraph 1.
       2. The   Secretary-General  is  authorized  to  register  this
   Convention upon its entry into force.
   
       Done at Geneva,  in a single copy,  in the English and  French
   languages,  both  texts  equally  authentic,  on  the tenth day of
   January one thousand nine hundred and fifty-two.
   
                                              (Follow the signatures)
   
   
   
   
   
   
                                                                Annex
   
                      INTERNATIONAL RAIL TRANSPORT
   ___________________________________________________________________----
                 1. International Customs Declaration                    
                                                                         
   2. <*> Name of railway ........................,      ---------------
   Represented by .................................      Customs Office
   <*> I, the undersigned, ......................,                     
   Authorized agent of the .......................,                    
   Railways, submit for transit the goods described      3. No.........
   overleaf and undertake  to resubmit them  within                    
   ......... days, with Customs seal intact, to the                    
   Customs Office at ..............................                    
                     ....................... (date)      L---------------
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
   4. Seal affixed or recognized              Wagon No. ................ 
                                                                _____    
                                                               /     \   
                                                              |Customs|  
                                                              | Stamp |  
                                                               \_____/   
                                                                         
                     ....................... (date)                      
                                                                         
      Customs Official                                                   
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
   5. We, the undersigned, Customs officials at the Customs office at ...
   hereby certify  that the goods described overleaf were re-submitted to
   us with their seals intact.                                           
                     ....................... (date)                      
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
   6. Disposal of goods <*>   Seen to have crossed the frontier ........ 
                              Shipped aboard .......... (Name of vessel) 
                              Warehoused at ............................ 
                              Entered for home use ..................... 
                              .......................................... 
                              ................................... (date) 
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
   7. Discharge form No.............. has been issued in                 
      respect of the undertaking entered into                   _____    
                                                               /     \   
                                                              |Customs|  
                                                              | Stamp |  
                                                               \_____/   
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
   8. Remarks (trans-shipment, breakage of seals, etc.) ................ 
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
   <*> Strike out whichever does not apply.                              
   L-----------------------------------------------------------------------
   
                      INTERNATIONAL RAIL TRANSPORT
   ___________________________________________________________________----
   9. Consignor's Declaration for Customs purposes                       
   +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
                                            11. Country whence goods     
                        .............       consigned ...................
   10. Name and address .............       12. Country of destination of
       of consignee .................       goods .... ..................
   +--------T--------T--------T------T------T------------T--------T-------+
     Marks  Number  Nature NatureGross  Net weight Value inRemarks
      and     of      of     of  weight  or other  currency       
   nos. of packagespackagesgoods       measurements   of          
   packages        (boxes,                (cubic   country        
   or wagon        sacks,                capacity,    of          
                    etc.)                surface,  dispatch       
                                           etc)                   
      13      14     15     16     17       18        19     20   
   +--------+--------+--------+------+------+------------+--------+-------+
   +--------+--------+--------+------+------+------------+--------+-------+
   +--------+--------+--------+------+------+------------+--------+-------+
   +--------+--------+--------+------+------+------------+--------+-------+
   +--------+--------+--------+------+------+------------+--------+-------+
   21. Other particulars furnished by the   22. Name and ................
   consignor (station at which formalities      address of...............
   are to be carried  out, how consignment      consignor................
   is to be entered for Customs purposes,       .........................
   documents attached and their numbers,        .........................
   etc) ..................................      .........................
   .......................................      ..... (place) .... (date)
   .......................................                               
                                                                         
   23. No. of consignment............ 24. Number et features of the first
                                      Customs seals affixed:             
                                      ...................................
       Date stamp of station of       ...................................
       dispatch                       ...................................
                                      ...................................
   L-----------------------------------------------------------------------
   
   



 
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