A small step on the road to Rotterdam?

 

Two bills are currently before the Parliament of the Netherlands concerning the Rotterdam Rules  2008. The first would give the four separate components of the Kingdom of the Netherlands –  the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten – the power to ratify the Rotterdam Rules and denounce the version of the Hague-VisbyRules to which they are party. The second would remove the Hague-Visby provisions of the Civil Code and replace them with the Rotterdam Rules which would be incorporated into it by reference.

The bills are expected to pass soon but this will not lead to an immediate replacement of the Hague-Visby Rules with the Rotterdam Rules. The explanatory notes to both bills state that it will be for the government to decide on the date of ratification and entry into force and this may depend on ratification of the Rotterdam Rules by neighbouring countries, such as Germany and France and major trading parties such as China and the US-  no mention is made of the UK.

 

 

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