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What is the CMR Convention?

C.M.R. is short for the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road. It is a statute which was ratified in the United Kingdom by the Carriage of Goods by Road Act 1965 and came into force in 1967.The convention applies to the carriage of goods by road in vehicles for reward from one country to another provided that one of the countries has acceded to the convention. The convention applies by law and the carrier may not change the provisions by contract. It applies to the entire carriage of the goods so that hauliers involved in any stage of an international journey by road vehicle involving goods coming into or leaving the U.K. will be subject to the convention even if they do not go beyond the British Isles.

The majority of mainland European countries are signatories to C.M.R. and therefore it is safe to say that if a UK haulier is involved in international carriage of goods on a vehicle then the C.M.R convention will apply. The convention applies to all goods with the exception of funeral consignments, furniture removals and postal carryings. By protocol to the Carriage of Goods by Road Act it was agreed that transit purely between the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland would not be subject to C.M.R even though both countries are signatories. This is a domestic arrangement and does not affect through carriage to or from another country.There is a financial limit to the haulier’s liability which is expressed in terms of “special drawing rights” (S.D.R.s). The liability is 8.33 S.D.R.s per kilogram of weight and the value of and S.D.R.

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