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

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 road
  • Domestic carriage
  • General principles
  • Contract and negligence
  • Bailment
  • Measure of damages
  • Standard terms
  • Incorporation of terms
  • Exclusion or limitation of liability
  • International carriage: CMR
  • More...

This Practice Note considers the regimes covering carriage of goods by road both in the UK with no international element and also overseas where there is an element of international carriage of goods under the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR Convention). It explains the liability of the carrier and measure of damages at common law, and the interplay with widely used hauliers’ standard terms. The CMR convention is explained, an explanation of multimodal transport is provided and limitation of liability, jurisdiction and time bars under the CMR Convention are also discussed. The Practice Note also provides an introduction to the consignment note, liability for loss or delay in transit and the defences available to the carrier.

This Practice Note will consider the regimes covering:

  1. carriage of goods by road within the jurisdiction

  2. international carriage of goods under the CMR Convention

In relation to carriage within the jurisdiction, the Practice Note outlines approaches to incorporation of standard terms and exclusion or limitation of liability by carriers. The focus will, however, be on the international carriage of goods under the CMR Convention, in light of its relative complexity.

Carriage of goods by road frequently involves storage of goods (whether prior to, during or at the end of the carriage). Storage may involve the carrier performing packaging and warehousing services and, in

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