Implementation of the COTIF and European law that has an impact . COTIF UR CIM, Appendix B to. COTIF. General Terms and. The Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail is an intergovernmental COTIF was modified by a Protocol that was signed in Vilnius on 3 June These systems of law have been in existence for decades and are known as the CIV (for passengers) and CIM (for freight/goods) Uniform Rules. Webmaster: Baruno Wironugroho.

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The railway shall not be liable to the passenger for loss or damage arising from the passenger’s disregard of these obligations. If the consignor, on being notified of a ccim preventing carriage, fails to give within a reasonable time instructions which can be executed, the railway shall take action in accordance with the provisions relating to circumstances preventing delivery, in force at the place where the goods have been held up.

When there is good reason to suspect a contravention, the railway shall have the right to verify that the contents of registered luggage comply with these fotif unless the laws or regulations of the State in which the examination would take place prohibit such verification.

Taking of hand luggage and cohif into carriages. Nevertheless, the consignor may insert in the consignment note in the space set apart for the purpose, but as information for the consignee, remarks relating to the consignment, without involving the railway in any obligation or liability.

The parties shall freely determine the composition of the Arbitration Tribunal and the arbitration procedure.

The railway shall not be obliged to check whether the documents furnished are sufficient and correct. Undercharges shall be paid and overcharges shall be repaid only if they exceed eight units of account per consignment note.

The timetables or the tariffs shall indicate restrictions on the use of certain trains or of certain classes of carriage. The agreement to refer dotif arbitration must be communicated to the Central Office which shall act as Registry. In the Uniform Rules the expression “station” covers: It shall hold two meetings each year; it shall also meet if the Chairman so decides or at the request of four of its Members. The Arbitration Tribunal shall decide the procedure to be followed having regard in particular to the following provisions:.

For the application of provisions relating to the liability of the railway in case of death of, or personal injury to, passengers, cmi law shall be the law of the State on whose territory the accident to the passenger happened, including the rules relating to conflict of laws.


The value in Special Drawing Right of the national currency of a State which is a Member of the International Monetary Fund shall be calculated in accordance with the method of valuation applied by the International Monetary Fund for its own operations and transactions. The supplementary provisions may provide for other methods of calculating the surcharge, in particular a fixed surcharge for empty private owners’ wagons. When circumstances prevent the carriage of goods, the railway shall decide whether it is preferable to carry the goods as a matter of course by modifying the route or whether it is advisable in the consignor’s interest to ask him for instructions and at the same time give him any relevant information available to the railway.

Cotid consignor’s right to modify the contract of carriage shall, notwithstanding that he is in possession of the duplicate of the consignment note, be extinguished in cases where the consignee:. In all cases not provided for by this Article, and in the absence of agreements between railways, the provisions in force in the State of departure shall apply.

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These shall not exceed one-half of the fare charged for adults, save for supplements charged for the use of certain trains or certain carriages, without prejudice to the rounding-up of amounts in accordance with the provisions applied by the railway issuing the ticket.

At every station which is open for international traffic, the passenger should be able to acquaint himself with the international tariffs or with extracts therefrom showing the prices for international tickets on sale at that station and the corresponding registered luggage charges. The railway shall also be liable for the loss or damage resulting from the total or partial loss of, or damage to, any articles which the passenger, victim of such an accident, had on him or with him as hand luggage, including any animals.

The tariffs or timetables may exclude or limit the carriage of registered luggage in certain trains or certain categories of trains or to or from certain stations. When the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession have been deposited by fifteen States, the Depositary Government shall contact the Governments concerned with a view to reaching agreement on the entry into force of the Convention. Carriage between stations of departure and destination situated in the territory of the same State, performed over the territory of another State only in transit, shall not be subject to the Uniform Rules:.


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Unless it decides otherwise, the Committee shall meet at the headquarters of the Organisation. If the consignment does not correspond with the particulars in the consignment note or if the provisions relating to the carriage of goods accepted subject to conditions have not been compiled with, the costs of the verification shall be charged against the goods, unless paid at the time.

The auditing of accounts shall be carried out by the Swiss Government, according to the rules laid down in the Additional Mandate annexed to the Convention itself and, subject to any special directives of the Administrative Committee, in conformity with the provisions of the Financial and Accounting Regulations of the Organisation.

Dec 12, Oleg Belozerov: The Tribunal shall determine in its award the amount of costs and expenses and shall decide how they and the fees of the arbitrators are to be apportioned between the parties. The passenger may take with him into carriages, without extra charge, articles which can be handled easily hand luggage.

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Right to be carried. Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Containers by Rail. The withdrawal of the reservation shall take effect one month after the date on which the depositary Government notifies it to the States.

The person entitled may claim interest on compensation payable, calculated at five per cent per annum, from the day of the claim referred to in Article 49 or, if no such claim has been made, from the day on which legal proceedings are instituted. The duplicate shall not have effect as the consignment note accompanying the goods, nor as a bill of lading. Overcharges or undercharges shall be calculated at the official rate of exchange for the day on which the carriage charges were collected.

The reason for and the duration of such extensions shall be entered in the consignment note. The amount declared shall be shown in figures in the consignment note in the currency of the country of departure, in another currency determined by the tariffs or in units of account. The Committees may appoint working groups to deal with specific questions.