The Inadequacy of the Existing International Maritime Transport Regimes for Modern Container Transport

  •  Qais A. Mahafzah    
  •  Mohammad Amin Naser    


This article intends to focus on and proves the inadequacy of the provisions that relate to containerization, mainly under the Rotterdam Rules, and partly under the Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules since these later Rules have dealt with containerization incidentally. The Rotterdam Rules aim to establish a uniform legal regime which takes into account modern transport practices, including containerization. Such aim only seems to be partially achieved. The Rules has a partial door-to-door scope and do not provide a multimodal scope. Although the Rules have given great attention to the effect of containers in transport, most of the provisions relating to container carriage are not necessary or confusing.

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