English translation of the Kingdom Bill approving the Rotterdam Rules available

The House of Representatives is currently considering a Kingdom Bill regarding the approval of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods wholly or partly by sea, informally known as the “Rotterdam Rules”, which was adopted in New York on 11 December 2008.

The Convention extends and modernizes the existing international rules relating to contract of maritime carriage of goods. The aim is that the Convention will replace The Hague Rules, The Hague-Visby Rules and the Hamburg Rules and that it will achieve uniformity of law in the field of maritime carriage. The Rotterdam Rules have not yet entered into force.

Implementing legislation is required and a Bill amending the Civil Code was therefore submitted to Parliament together with the Bill approving the Convention.

The English translation of the explanatory memorandum to the Kingdom Bill approving the Convention is available in the link below.