Obligations and Liabilities of the Shipper

Conference paper


Unlike previous maritime transport law conventions, the Rotterdam Rules contain considerable number of detailed provisions on the shipper’s obligations and liabilities. They include the obligations to deliver the goods ready for carriage and to provide proper information, fault based liability as the general rule and special rules with regard to dangerous goods and information for the contract particulars. Although it was sometimes observed that they impose onerous liabilities on the shipper, this paper raises a basic question: whether and to what extent are shipper’s obligations and liabilities are substantially affected under the Rotterdam Rules compared with the current regime? After close examination of the relevant provisions in Chapter 7 of the Rotterdam Rules, it concludes that the shipper’s obligations and liability are not substantially increased under the Rotterdam Rules.


Supra Note Strict Liability Inaccurate Information Specific Obligation Dangerous Good 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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