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Rotterdam Rules

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The Rotterdam Rules


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On 11 December 2008 the UN General Assembly adopted the “Convention of Contracts for the International Carrying of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea” during a signing ceremony for the Convention which was held in Rotterdam, recommending the new Convention to be known as the “Rotterdam Rules”.

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 Convention


Download the English convention text
Download the convention in six UN languages


Although the Convention simplifies certain elements to reduce the scope for disputes, on the other hand it provides for a quite lengthy and detailed Convention text, some of which clauses are fairly complex and likely to be the subject of litigation. The more because it simply provides for new regulations which parties need to come to understand, and above all need to interpret in practice.

It is this dynamic area that needs skilled and experienced lawyers focusing on shipping and logistics, to safeguard and orderly environment for the business community. That’s what Van Steenderen MainportLawyers is there for.