CMR: Contracts for the international carriage of goods by road

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0.1 The history and origins of the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road have been well documented elsewhere,1 but, in brief, it arose from concern at the problems posed by the increasing growth in the international carriage of goods by road after the Second World War. The nature of that concern is apparent from the preamble to the Convention:

The Contracting Parties, having recognised the desirability of standardising the conditions governing the contract for the international carriage of goods by road, particularly with respect to the documents used for such carriage and to the carrier’s liability….

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