Rotterdam Rules Law and Legal Definition

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (2009) or the Rotterdam Rules describes the rights and obligations of parties involved in the carriage of goods by sea. The Rotterdam Rules will replace the Hague Rules (1924), the Hague-Visby Rules and the Hamburg Rules (1978) and the application of the Rotterdam Rules facilitates international trade and leads to savings in costs. The Rotterdam Rules will apply to contracts for the transport of goods over sea as well as their prior or subsequent transport over land and also establish the legal infrastructure for the development of e-commerce in maritime transport.