International Carriage of Goods by Road: CMR


The Special Risks


76. The presumption of non-responsibility

The carrier seeking to set up a defence under Article 17.2 must satisfy the usual burden of proof in civil cases1 that the event occurred and that it caused the loss, damage or delay (LDD). However, if the carrier seeks to defend the claim by reference to one of the special risks set out in Article 17.4, the onus of proof is different. It divides into two parts and as to the second part, the burden is unusually light.

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