Rules may shake up shipping
PROPOSED international shipping regulations aimed at making trade cheaper and easier could have major implications for South Africa’s shipping industry.
The Rotterdam Rules or “The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea” has 19 signatories, one short of the 20 needed to bring it into effect. China is balking at signing up.
Marine legal specialist attorney Andrew Robinson of Deneys Reitz, also president of the Maritime Law Association, said until the recent rules were signed, concepts such as containerisation and electronic billing were not catered for in international shipping law.
Mardus Mynhardt of Shepstone and Wylie Attorneys’ international transport, trade and energy section said the rules were intended to deal with modern aspects of shipping contracts.