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CMR stands for "Convention relative au contrat de transport international de merchandises par route" and translated from the French means "Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road". The international agreement constitutes an international treaty on international inland transport. The Convention was signed in 1956 and applies throughout Europe. The CMR document is only binding if the contract includes either English and/or French as the contract language.
A CMR consignment note fulfills the following three functions for international freight transports:
The CMR consignment note serves as an information carrier about the nature and quantity of the freight for everyone involved in the transport (sender, carrier, recipient, forwarder).
A CMR consignment note documents that the goods are in good condition when they are handed over and that the number of freight items is correct.
According to point 2, the CMR consignment note also serves as a receipt during the transfer process.
The CMR document for transport is mandatory for the parties to the contract of carriage if the country of departure and/or destination of the transport is a member of the Convention and thus supersedes the prevailing national transport law. Agreements that conflict with CMR are null and void. If the CMR document does not cover certain topics, then the national transport law is complementary. The agreement remains valid only when road vehicles are loaded. Containers and swap bodies are only valid in connection with the corresponding vehicle. Also excluded are transports of postal goods (in accordance with the provisions of the International Postal Convention), removal goods and corpses. The CMR for transport also applies if the vehicle is transported together with the goods on another means of transport (such as a ferry).
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco (excluding Western Sahara), Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. (Status 13. November 2008.)
CMR liability is mainly a strict liability, whereby the carrier is liable for the damage incurred independently of fault within the period of custody. In addition, the carrier is also responsible for any misconduct on the part of the staff (servants and subcontractors) employed by him. The liability independent of fault is limited in value. The lifting of the limitation of liability shall only come into effect if the carrier or his personnel have caused damage through qualified fault. Qualified fault means that the damage is caused intentionally or by fault on the part of the carrier which is equivalent to intent. The carrier's exemption from liability shall come into force if the damage is caused either by the conduct or instructions of the person entitled to dispose of the goods (usually the sender), in which case the carrier was unable to intervene, or if the damage is caused by certain events (as described in article 17, paragraph 4 of the CMR). If there are several carriers, they shall be jointly and severally liable for the damage suffered. If the carrier suffers damage as a result of the sender's misconduct, the sender shall be liable accordingly.
The strict liability limits the maximum compensation to 8.33 units of account per kg gross weight. The compensation shall be calculated on the basis of the value at the place and time of takeover. An increase in the maximum amount of liability is only possible by declaring the value, which usually means payment of a surcharge by the sender.
CMR limits the compensation in case of exceeding the delivery time, if a proven damage resulted from it, to the amount of the freight. An extension of liability is only possible through a declaration of value, which usually has a positive effect on the freight charge.
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