ADSp, which stands for "Allgemeine Deutsche Spediteurbedingungen," is an acronym representing the standard terms and conditions used by German freight forwarders. In English, this is known as “German General Forwarders’ Terms and Conditions”.
According to §13 BGB, the requirements of the ADSp primarily only apply to transport agreements between businesses and do not apply to contracts with private consumers (B2B). Additionally, the ADSp are restricted to Germany-based forwarding transactions, which means that Germany is where the transport begins and concludes. The CMR may be applied to international forwarding transactions.
As of January 1, 2016, the German Association for Freight Forwarding and Logistics (Deutscher Speditions-und Logistikverband e. V., or DSLV) has offered a series of recommendations. Its job is to give "contractual regulation" to businesses in the commerce, industry, transport, and forwarding sectors in order to strike a balance between the interests of the various contracting parties. The ADSp were revised and standardized in 2017. The ADSp have a lengthy history and were formed as a set of applicable contract norms that were jointly created in 1927. Companies from industry and trade, as well as forwarding and logistics firms, use these suggested ADSp to handle a variety of forwarding activities.