Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/08/1988

Category

Contracts

Sub category

Sale of Goods

Groups

UNCITRAL

What is it about?

This Convention establishes uniform rules governing the period of time within which legal proceedings arising from an international sales contract must be commenced. It has been amended by a Protocol adopted in 1980 when the United Nations Sales Convention was adopted The provisions of this instrument concern the international aspects of purchasing and sale of goods. The Convention does not deal with actions outside the scope of contracts, such as torts, sales by auction, sales of goods bought for personal, family or household use, sales of stocks, shares, investment securities, negotiable instruments or money, as well as sales of ships, vessels, hovercraft or aircraft or electricity sales. Parties to a contract may agree upon the exclusion of the rules of this Convention.

Why is it relevant?

The standardization of rules related to the limitation period in the international sale of goods may reduce the problems resulting from policies of diverse national legal systems.

Additional Information

This Convention has been modified by the Vienna Protocol of 11 April 1980. The Protocol aims to harmonize the mission of the 1974 Convention with the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 11 April 1980). By ratifying the Protocol, as State becomes automatically a party to the Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods of 14 June 1974.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Argentina09/10/1981
Belarus23/01/1997
Belgium01/08/2008
Cote d'Ivoire01/02/2016
Cuba02/11/1994
Czech Republic30/09/1993
Dominican Republic23/12/1977
Egypt06/12/1982
Guinea23/01/1991
Hungary16/06/1983
Liberia16/09/2005
Mexico21/01/1988
Moldova28/08/1997
Montenegro06/08/2012
Paraguay18/08/2003
Poland19/05/1995
Romania23/04/1992
Slovakia28/05/1993
Slovenia02/08/1995
Uganda12/02/1992
United States of America05/05/1994
Uruguay01/04/1997
Zambia06/06/1986
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19771
19811
19821
19831
19861
19881
19911
19922
19932
19942
19952
19973
20031
20051
20081
20121
20161
Total23
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