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Contributed by Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein
CMR carrier's liability for wrong delivery of goods
  • Germany
  • 09 June 2021

The Koblenz Higher Regional Court recently decided on a case of wrongful delivery. A subcarrier driver had not found the recipient at the given delivery address and, following the instructions of a man unknown to the driver, had unloaded the goods without ascertaining the man's identity or legitimacy to receive the shipment. The court's decision regarding the definition of loss seems logical. As to the exclusion or limitation of liability, the court's reasoning is quite severe but rather convincing in this particular case.

Ever Given grounding: who is liable for carrier and forwarder delays?
  • Germany
  • 28 April 2021

The grounding of the Ever Given container vessel in the Suez Canal caused considerable congestion for many other vessels which were trapped on both sides of the canal. As such, cargo interests – such as shippers' and consignees' respective cargo insurers – as well as the sea carriers of the respective vessels and the initial (multimodal) carriers and forwarders are faced with damages arising from these delays. This article considers the issue of liability for delays under German law.

Theft of semi-trailer and violation of safety instructions
  • Germany
  • 24 February 2021

A recent Federal Supreme Court concerned a clause in a consignor's general terms and conditions, according to which loaded vehicles had to be monitored while parked or parked where sufficient safety was guaranteed. Following the theft of the cargo in question, the court held that this clause was not sufficiently clear as to impose on the carrier any duties of care beyond the legal requirements. This judgment has strengthened the position of carriers.

Implementation of Freight Forwarders' Standard Terms and Conditions
  • Germany
  • 10 February 2021

The list of associations which were involved in the negotiation of the Freight Forwarders' Standard Terms and Conditions (ADSp) 2017 and now recommend them is significantly larger than for the ADSp 2003. However, whether this alone is sufficient to affirm a comprehensive inclusion of the entire ADSp 2017 in a transport contract is doubtful. This article discusses a Heidelberg Regional Court decision which provides clarity on this matter.

Freight claim in case of premature termination of freight contract
  • Germany
  • 16 December 2020

A recent decision highlights that it is not a precondition of an obstacle to carriage or delivery that the agreed carriage has become impossible. Rather, it is sufficient that the transport can no longer be performed in accordance with the contract. Moreover, such an obstacle exists if the carrier loses possession of the goods because the sub-carrier now transports the goods under a freight contract concluded directly with the consignor.

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