Sunday Tribune

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.

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