Weight of undamaged pallets and Montreal Convention package limitation.

 

On 11 October 2018 (I ZR 18/18) the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on the calculation of the Montreal Convention package limitation of 19 SDRs per kilo under art. 22(3). Article 22(4)(1) stipulates that compensation may not exceed the amount payable in the event of loss of the devalued part of a consignment. The claim was in respect of a consignment consisted of 1,000kg of goods and 250kg of pallets. The BGH ruled that in considering the weight relevant to the package limitation no account should be taken of the weight of the pallets which were undamaged. Only the net weight of the damaged goods was to be taken into account and so the claimant’s maximum damages claim would be 19,000 SDRs (1,000kg by 19 SDRs) and not 23,750 SDRs as claimed.

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