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IRU Seminar on Rotterdam Rules: Implications and Challenges for the Road Transport Industry

IRU seminar on Rotterdam Rules in November 2010 will explore the potential impact on and challenges to be faced by the road transport Industry.

Geneva - The IRU Seminar on “The Rotterdam Rules: Potential Effects on and Challenges to be faced by the Road Transport Industry” to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3 November 2010, will focus on the effects of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (Rotterdam Rules) and the projected EU Single Transport Document on the road transport sector, particularly in relation to the use of CMR Consignment Note.

The IRU Seminar will bring together legal experts from IRU member associations, members of the IRU Legal Assistance Network, lawyers, as well as transport operators, forwarders, shippers, insurers, academics, logistics and authority representatives to discuss the implementation and other contractual conditions of these various contractual rules, as they may have significant consequences on the standard liability for international road freight transport operations.

IRU Head of Legal Affairs, Carine Rathier, commented “The lack of harmonised rules regulating the liability of the carrier makes it very difficult for transport operators to accurately estimate the risks implied by multimodal transport operations. In addition to the CMR Convention of direct relevance for road freight transport, UNCITRAL’s creation of the Rotterdam Rules, signed by 21 States to date and the European Commission’s intention to create a Single Transport Document will make the situation even more complex.”

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