A Study on the Updating of the Law on Carriage of Goods by Sea in China

James Zhengliang Hu, Siqi Sun


The authors analyze the need for updating of the law on carriage of goods by sea in China due to the inapplicability of Chapter IV of the Maritime Code to the domestic carriage, the significant developments in the maritime transport and related areas since the adoption of the Code in 1992, the adoption of the Rotterdam Rules, the existence of ambiguities, uncertainties and gaps in this Chapter and the lack of mandatory scope of application thereof, discuss the main contents required for the updating especially from the perspective of the Rotterdam Rules based upon an analysis of the China’s basic attitude towards the Rules, and anticipates the future of the revision of the Maritime Code including its Chapter IV.

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