Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 02/07/1961

Category

Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Road transport

Groups

UNECE

What is it about?

This Convention, adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) provides for uniform rules applicable to contracts for the international carriage of goods by road. The Convention applies to all contracts for the carriage of goods by road in vehicles for reward, when the place of taking over of the goods and the place designated for delivery are situated in two different countries, of which at least one is a contracting country. Its provisions deal with formal and substantial rules applicable to the conclusion and execution of the contract of carriage, as well as the liability of the carrier (the latter is to be held liable in the event of non-execution, besides cases of wrongful act or neglect of the claimant, an inherent vice of the goods or uncontrollable circumstances. In case of non-apparent loss or damages, the consignee disposes of seven days to address his reserves). The 1965 Convention also contains provisions relating to carriage performed by successive carriers.

Why is it relevant?

By consolidating the law applicable to the contracts for the international carriage of goods by road, this instrument simplifies the contractual relationship between people involved in such transports and prevents numerous disputes resulting out of the multiple of applicable rules.

Additional Information

This Convention is open to member states to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and to states participating in some of its works.

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