ICC Document & publication

ICC Comments on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (the “Rotterdam Rules”)

The convention aims to provide uniformity for the international carriage of goods, which at the current time is governed by a number of maritime liability regimes, absent of a global convention for multimodal transport.

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) reviewed the draft Convention on the International Carriage of Goods in June 2008, and approved the text last July 3rd 2008. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2008 and will be signed at a ceremony in Rotterdam in September 2009. Afterwards the Convention will be open for ratification, and will be known as the “Rotterdam Rules”.

The convention aims to provide uniformity for the international carriage of goods, which at the current time is governed by a number of maritime liability regimes, absent of a global convention for multimodal transport. As the World Business Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), recognizes the importance of developing a harmonized, international ocean cargo regime, that is both sound and balanced, and takes into account modern developments such as containerization, multimodal transport and e-commerce.