Hamburg Rules

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Hamburg Rules
United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea
Signed 31 March 1978
Location Hamburg and New York
Effective 1 November 1992
Condition Ratification by 20 states
Signatories 28
Ratifiers 34
Depositary UN Secretary-General
Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish

The Hamburg Rules are a set of rules governing the international shipment of goods, resulting from the United Nations International Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea adopted in Hamburg on 31 March 1978.[1] The Convention was an attempt to form a uniform legal base for the transportation of goods on oceangoing ships. A driving force behind the convention was the attempt of developing countries' to level the playing field. It came into force on 1 November 1992.[2]

Relation with other conventions[edit]

Pursuant to Article 31 of the convention[3] is Entry into force of the Rotterdam Rules coupled to denunciation of the Hamburg Rules and at the latest five years after entry into force of this convention, ratifying states should denounce the conventions governing the Hague-Visby Rules.


As of October 2014, the convention had been ratified by 34 countries:

Country Comments
 Burkina Faso
 Czech Republic
 Dominican Republic
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Sierra Leone


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  2. ^ UNCITRAL Homepage
  3. ^ Hamburg Rules

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