Hamburg Rules Law and Legal Definition

The Hamburg Rules were formulated in the year 1978. The rules are in effect a proposal by the United Nations conference on Trade and Development to amend The Hague Rules in their entirety. The conference was held in Hamburg. According to the proposal, the carrier will be liable for all the damages occurring to the cargo regardless of cause and without limitation while the goods were in the care & custody of the carrier. The Hamburg Rules would come into effect among signatory countries when approved by 20 of those countries. The United States and United Kingdom are opposed to the Hamburg Rules.