CHAPTER II. Scope
Each Contracting Party undertakes to grant temporary admission to:
(a) scientific equipment which is to be used within its territory solely for purposes of scientific research or education;
(b) spare parts for scientific equipment which has been granted temporary admission under paragraph (a) of this Article;
(c) tools specially designed for the maintenance, checking, gauging or repair of scientific equipment which is used within its territory solely for purposes of scientific research or education.
Temporary admission of the scientific equipment, spare parts and tools may be made subject to the following conditions:
(a) that they are imported by approved institutions and used under their control and responsibility;
(b) that they are used for non-commercial purposes within the country of importation;
(c) that they are imported in reasonable quantities having regard to the purpose of the importation;
(d) that they are capable of identification on re-exportation;
(e) that while they are in the country of importation they remain in the ownership of a natural person resident abroad or a legal person established abroad.
Each Contracting Party may suspend, in whole or in part, the undertakings given under this Convention where goods of equivalent scientific value to the scientific equipment or spare parts whose temporary admission is sought are produced and available in the country of importation.
CHAPTER III. Special provisions
Each Contracting Party undertakes wherever it deems it possible not to require security for the amount of import duties and taxes, but to be satisfied with a written undertaking. Such undertaking may be required for each importation or on a general basis for a specified period or, where applicable, for the period of approval of the institution.
1 Scientific equipment granted temporary admission shall be re-exported within six months from the date of importation. However, the Customs authorities of the country of temporary importation may require re-exportation within a shorter period considered sufficient to achieve the object of temporary importation.
3 When all or part of the scientific equipment granted temporary admission cannot be re-exported as a result of a seizure, other than a seizure made at the suit of private persons, the requirement of re-exportation shall be suspended for the duration of the seizure.
Scientific equipment granted temporary admission may be re-exported in one or several consignments, through any Customs office open for such operations, and not necessarily through the Customs office of importation.
Scientific equipment granted temporary admission may be disposed of otherwise than by re-exportation, and in particular may be taken into home use, subject to compliance with the conditions and formalities laid down by the laws and regulations of the country of temporary importation.
Notwithstanding the requirement of re-exportation laid down by this Convention, the re-exportation of all or part of scientific equipment badly damaged in duly authenticated accidents shall not be required, provided that it is:
(a) subjected to the import duties and taxes to which it is liable; or
(b) abandoned free of all expense to the Exchequer of the country into which it was temporarily imported; or
(c) destroyed, under official supervision, without expense to the Exchequer of the country into which it was temporarily imported;
as the Customs authorities may require.
The provisions laid down in Article 9 above shall also apply to parts which have been replaced as a result of repairs or alterations undergone by the scientific equipment while in the country of temporary importation.
The provisions of Articles 6, 7, 8 and 9 shall also apply to the spare parts and tools referred to in Article 2.
CHAPTER IV. Miscellaneous provisions
The provisions of the Convention set out the minimum facilities to be accorded. They do not prevent the application of greater facilities which certain Contracting Parties grant or may grant in future by unilateral provisions or by virtue of bilateral or multilateral agreements.
For the purpose of the Convention, the territories of Contracting Parties which form a Customs or economic union may be taken to be a single territory.
The provisions of this Convention shall not preclude the application of prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national laws and regulations on grounds of public morality or order, public security, public hygiene or health, or relating to the protection of patents and trade marks.
Any breach of the provisions of this Convention, any substitution, false declaration or act having the effect of causing a person (natural or legal) or equipment improperly to benefit from the facilities provided for in this Convention, may render the offender liable in the country where the offence was committed to the penalties prescribed by the laws and regulations of that country and to payment of any import duties and taxes chargeable.
CHAPTER V. Final provisions
1 The Contracting Parties shall meet together when necessary in order to consider the operation of the present Convention and, in particular, in order to consider measures to secure uniformity in the interpretation and application of the present Convention.
2 Any dispute which is not settled by negotiation shall be referred by the Contracting Parties in dispute to the Contracting Parties, meeting in conformity with Article 17 of the present Convention, which shall thereupon consider the dispute and make recommendations for its settlement.
2 The present Convention shall be open until 30th June 1969, for signature at the Headquarters of the Council in Brussels, by the States referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article. Thereafter, it shall be open for their accession.
3 Any State, not being a Member of the Organisations referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, to which an invitation to that effect has been addressed by the Secretary General of the Council at the request of the Contracting Parties, may become a Contracting Party to the present Convention by acceding thereto after its entry into force.
2 For any State signing without reservation of ratification, ratifying or acceding to the present Convention after five States have signed it without reservation of ratification or have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession, the present Convention shall enter into force three months after the said State has signed without reservation of ratification or deposited its instruments of ratification or accession.
2 The text of any amendment so recommended shall be communicated by the Secretary General of the Council to all Contracting Parties, to all other signatory States, to the Secretary General of the United Nations and to the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
4 If a Contracting Party sends the Secretary General of the Council a communication as provided for in paragraph 3 (b) of this Article, it may, so long as it has not notified the Secretary General of its acceptance of the recommended amendment, submit an objection to that amendment within a period of nine months following the expiry of the six-months period referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article.
8 The Secretary General of the Council shall, as soon as possible, notify all Contracting Parties and other signatory States of any objection to the recommended amendment made in accordance with paragraph 3 (a), and of any communication received in accordance with paragraph 3 (b), of this Article. He shall subsequently inform all the Contracting Parties and other signatory States whether the Contracting Party or Parties which have sent such communication raise an objection to the recommended amendment or accept it.
1 Any State may, at the time of signing the present Convention without reservation of ratification or of depositing its instrument of ratification or accession or at any time thereafter, declare by notification given to the Secretary General of the Council that the present Convention shall extend to all or any of the territories for whose international relations it is responsible or for which it assumes international responsibility. Such notification shall take effect three months after the date of the receipt thereof by the Secretary General of the Council provided, however, that the Convention shall not apply to the territories named in the notification before the Convention has entered into force for the State concerned.
2 Any State which has made a notification under paragraph 1 of this Article extending the present Convention to any territory for whose international relations it is responsible or for which it assumes international responsibility may notify the Secretary General of the Council, in accordance with the provisions of Article 21 of the present Convention, that the territory in question will no longer apply the Convention.
No reservation to this Convention shall be permitted.
The Secretary General of the Council shall notify all Contracting Parties, the other signatory States, the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), of:
(a) signatures, ratifications and accessions under Article 19 of the present Convention;
(b) the date of entry into force of the present Convention in accordance with Article 20;
(c) denunciations under Article 21;
(d) any amendment deemed to have been accepted in accordance with Article 22 and the date of its entry into force;
(e) notifications received in accordance with Article 23.