Carriage of goods by rail
Produced in partnership with Quentin Tannock of 4 Pump Court and James Watthey of 4 Pump Court
Carriage of goods by rail

The following Commercial practice note Produced in partnership with Quentin Tannock of 4 Pump Court and James Watthey of 4 Pump Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Carriage of goods by rail
  • Scope of application
  • Carrier
  • The contract of carriage under CIM
  • The consignment note
  • Loading and unloading
  • The carrier’s liabilities under the CIM rules
  • Transit time
  • Delivery
  • Liability under the CIM rules
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Commercial?

Brexit: As of exit day (11pm on 31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources and Brexit toolkit.

This Practice Note provides a summary of the law relating to the carriage of goods by rail as provided for in the Uniform Rules Concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM). It explains the scope of application of CIM, the contract of carriage under CIM, how liability is apportioned under CIM, time bars and jurisdiction.

International carriage by rail is governed by the Uniform Rules Concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by

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