Brussels, 5 February 2008
The Syrian Arab Republic becomes the 132nd Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention
On 12 November 2007, the Syrian Arab Republic deposited with the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization its instrument of ratification to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System).
Considering that more than 98% of international trade is classified in terms of the Harmonized System, the World Customs Organization is pleased to welcome the Syrian Arab Republic as the 132nd Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention and looks forward to Syria’s active participation with respect to Harmonized System matters.
The Syrian Arab Republic has been a Member of the World Customs Organization since 3 November 1959. It is a country in the Middle East, bordering Lebanon, the Mediterranean Sea and the island of Cyprus to the west, Israel to the southwest, Jordan to the south, Iraq to the east, and Turkey to the north. Its principal export commodities are crude petroleum oil, petroleum products, fruits and vegetables, cotton fiber, clothing, meat and live animals, wheat. The country’s principal import commodities are machinery and transport equipment, food and livestock, metal and metal products, chemicals and chemical products, plastics, yarn and paper.
The Harmonized System Convention will enter into force in the Syrian Arab Republic on 1 January 2009, unless the Syrian Arab Republic decides to specify an earlier date.