496. Documents to which the Hague-Visby Rules apply.

The provisions of the Hague-Visby Rules1 apply where a bill of lading2 relating to the carriage of goods3 between ports in two different states is issued4 in a contracting state5, whatever may be the nationality of the ship6, the carrier7, the shipper, the consignee or any other interested person8. The provisions of the Rules are not applicable to charterparties but, if bills of lading are issued in the case of a ship under a charterparty, they must comply with the terms of the Rules9.

The Rules also have the force of law in relation to: