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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. See: Uniform rules concerning the contract for international carriage of goods by rail (CIM): Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents .
International carriage by rail is governed by the Uniform Rules Concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM) (the Rules). The Rules are enacted under the auspices of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF), which is given the force of law in the United Kingdom by the Railways (Convention on International Carriage by Rail) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/2092.
Under article 1, CIM applies:
to carriage for reward (and not gratuitous carriage)
to every contract for the carriage of goods by rail where
the taking over of the goods and the place of delivery are situated in two member states
the taking over of the goods and the place of delivery are situated in two different countries, at least one being a member state and the parties agree that the rules shall apply
irrespective of the nationality
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