International Carriage of Goods by Road: CMR


British International Freight Association (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions

British International Freight Association (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions

2005A EDITION The customer’s attention is drawn to specific clauses hereof which exclude
  • Or limit the company’s liability and those which require the customer to
  • Indemnify the company in certain circumstances and those which limit time and
  • Those which deal with conditions of issuing effective goods insurance being
  • Clauses 8, 10, 11(a) and 11(b) 12–14 inclusive, 18–20 inclusive, and 24–27 inclusive
All headings are indicative and do not form part of these conditions


  • 1 In these conditions the following words shall have the following meanings:
    • 2(A) Subject to sub-paragraph (B) below, all and any activities of the Company in the course of business, whether gratuitous or not, are undertaken subject to these conditions.
    • (B) If any legislation, to include regulations and directives, is compulsorily applicable to any business undertaken, these conditions shall, as regards such business, be read as subject to such legislation, and nothing in these conditions shall be construed as a surrender by the Company of any of its rights or immunities or as an increase of any of its responsibilities or liabilities under such legislation, and if any part of these conditions be repugnant to such legislation to any extent, such part shall as regards such business be overridden to that extent and no further.
  • 3 The Customer warrants that he is either the Owner, or the authorised agent of the Owner and, also, that he is accepting these conditions not only for himself, but also as agent for and on behalf of the Owner.
    • “Company” the BIFA member trading under these conditions
    • “Consignee” the Person to whom the goods are consigned
    • “Customer” any Person at whose request or on whose behalf the Company

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