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United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea
(The Hamburg Rules) Hamburg, 30 March 1978

[Preamble]

PART I - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1 - Definitions

Article 2 - Scope of application

Article 3 - Interpretation of the Convention

PART II - LIABILITY OF THE CARRIER

Article 4 - Period of responsibility

Article 5 - Basis of liability

Article 6 - Limits of liability

Article 7 - Application to non-contractual claims

Article 8 - Loss of right to limit responsibility

Article 9 - Deck cargo

Article 10 - Liability of the carrier and actual carrier

Article 11- Through carriage

PART III - LIABILITY OF THE SHIPPER

Article 12- General rule

Article 13 - Special rules on dangerous goods

PART IV - TRANSPORT DOCUMENTS

Article 14 - Issue of bill of lading

Article 15- Contents of bill of lading

Article 16 - Bills of lading: reservations and evidentiary effect

Article 17 - Guarantees by the shipper

Article 18 - Documents other than bills of lading

PART V - CLAIMS AND ACTIONS

Article 19 - Notice of loss, damage or delay

Article 20 - Limitation of actions

Article 21 - Jurisdiction

Article 22 - Arbitration

PART VI - SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS

Article 23 - Contractual stipulations

Article 24 - General average

Article 25 - Other conventions

Article 26 - Unit of account

PART VII - FINAL CLAUSES

Article 27- Depositary

Article 28 - Signature, ratification, acceptance, approval, accession

Article 29- Reservations

Article 30 - Entry into force

Article 31- Denunciation of other conventions

Article 32 - Revision and amendment

Article 33 - Revision of the limitation amounts and unit of account or monetary unit

Article 34 - Denunciation

[Post Provisions]

[Post Clauses (If any: Signed; Witnessed; Done; Authentic Texts; & Deposited Clauses)]

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United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea (The Hamburg Rules) Hamburg, 30 March 1978

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PART II - LIABILITY OF THE CARRIER

Article 5 - Basis of liability

1. The carrier is liable for loss resulting from loss of or damage to the goods, as well as from delay in delivery, if the occurrence which caused the loss, damage or delay took place while the goods were in his charge as defined inArticle 4, unless the carrier proves that he, his servants or agents took all measures that could reasonably be required to avoid the occurrence and its consequences.

2. Delay in delivery occurs when the goods have not been delivered at the port of discharge provided for in the contract of carriage by sea within the time expressly agreed upon or, in the absence of such agreement, within the time which it would be reasonable to require of a diligent carrier, having regard to the circumstances of the case.

3. The person entitled to make a claim for the loss of goods may treat the goods as lost if they have not been delivered as required by article 4 within 60 consecutive days following the expiry of the time for delivery according to paragraph 2 of thisArticle.

4. (a) The carrier is liable

(i) For loss or damage to the goods or delay in delivery caused by fire, if the claimant proves that the fire arose from fault or neglect on the part of the carrier, his servants or agents;

(ii) For such loss, damage or delay in delivery which is proved by the claimant to have resulted from the fault or neglect of the carrier, his servants or agents, in taking all measures that could reasonably be required to put out the fire and avoid or mitigate its consequences.

(b) In case of fire on board the ship affecting the goods, if the claimant or the carrier so desires, a survey in accordance with shipment practices must be held into the cause and circumstances of the fire, and a copy of the surveyor's report shall be made available on demand to the carrier and the claimant.

5. With respect to live animals, the carrier is not liable for loss, damage or delay in delivery resulting from any special risks inherent in that kind of carriage. If the carrier proves that he has complied with any special instructions given to him by the shipper respecting the animals and that, in the circumstances of the case, the loss, damage or delay in delivery could be attributed to such risks, it is presumed that the loss, damage or delay in delivery was so caused, unless there is proof that all or a part of the loss, damage or delay in delivery resulted from fault or neglect on the part of the carrier, his servants or agents.

6. The carrier is not liable, except in general average, where loss, damage or delay in delivery resulted from measures to save life or from reasonable measures to save property at sea.

7. Where fault or neglect on the part of the carrier, his servants or agents combines with another cause to produce loss, damage or delay in delivery the carrier is liable only to the extent that the loss, damage or delay in delivery is attributable to such fault or neglect, provided that the carrier proves the amount of the loss, damage or delay in delivery not attributable thereto.


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