Hague Visby Rules Law and Legal Definition

The Hague-Visby Rules are a set of rules laid down for the carriage of goods. The rules states that the carrier's main duties are to properly and carefully load, handle, stow, carry, keep, care for, and discharge the goods carried and to exercise due diligence to make the ship seaworthy and to properly man, equip and supply the ship.

Hague – Visby rules provide that the shipper has fewer obligations under Hague-visby rules which includes:

1. to pay freight;

2.to pack the goods sufficiently for a journey;

3. to describe the goods honestly and accurately.

Hague-Visby rules have been ratified by most of the nations in the world. However, the U.S. is not a party to the Hague-Visby rules.