Press Release: TT Club’s New Handbook Helps Clarify Carriage of Goods Conventions

29 May 2009

Greater clarity will be brought to the complex world of international carriage conventions with the publication of the TT Club's new Handbook on the Conventions for the International Carriage of Goods at the start of June.

The new Handbook, which replaces an earlier version, has been thoroughly researched by experts in carriage convention law. It offers a user-friendly guide to what conventions are in use in which countries, and describes the main provisions of each convention. The Handbook is designed specifically for transport managers who do not have a legal background, but who have to deal with claims and insurance for their companies.

The Handbook summarises all the conventions currently in use throughout the world for the carriage of goods by sea, inland waterway, air, road and rail. It features a quick cross-reference guide showing which conventions apply in which countries, and uses a standard question and answer format to analyse the provisions and requirements of each convention.

The Handbook comes both in printed form, and in a web-based version, the latter providing links to more detailed information and the actual text of most of the conventions. It will distributed free to Members of the TT Club, and can be purchased by non-members at £36 through the TT Club website www.ttclub.com.

"We wanted to produce an easy-to-use guide to what is a very complex area of law", explains TT Club's legal director Ian Hyslop. "Text books on carriage conventions can be hundreds of pages long, and busy transport managers do not have the time to read them. This Handbook will we hope clarify the main points that managers need to know, and become a standard work of reference for the transport and logistics industry."

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