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On June 28, 2004 the Montreal Convention came into effect for Germany. This deals amongst other things with regulations on liability in the air freight industry.
Up to this date Germany had abided by the Warsaw Convention as amended by the Hague Protocol of 1955. The Montreal Protocol No 4 (MP 4), which contains modified liability clauses was not ratified by Germany and therefore did not become effective. The Montreal Convention will in the foreseeable future become the worldwide norm and thus replace the Warsaw Convention.
Until such time the Montreal Convention will only apply to shipments where point of dispatch and destination both fall within an area where it is in force. There are thus different forms of liability depending on the chosen route.
As a result of the Montreal Convention the following significant changes for the transportation of freight will take place:
The Montreal Convention envisages the option of replacing AWBs in printed format with other types of registration – including electronic AWBs.
The Montreal Convention will introduce more rigorous liability for the air freight operator, independent of the factor of negligence.
Air freight operators will benefit from the introduction of a capped liability limit.
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GTCs of Carriage
Notice to Customers on Use of Air Way Bill forms
New limitation of liability also applies if old AWB forms are used!!
New AWB forms will be introduced gradually.
In accordance with applicable IATA provisions, Lufthansa Cargo AG will use remaining stocks of AirWayBills also after 30 December 2009, however always subject to the new rules introduced by the applicable IATA rules. So any indication of a lower limitation of liability on an Air Way Bill will be superseded by the applicability of the liability set out in the Amended Resolution 600b. In no case shall any limitation of liability lower that the limitation of amended Resolution 600b be applied to claims for loss, damage or delay of goods, for which a Lufthansa Cargo Airway Bill was issued on or after December 30, 2009.
If you have any questions please contact your Lufthansa Cargo Contact Person.
As of 01 July 2014
General Terms and Conditions of Carriage for Cargo (October 2020)
General Terms and Conditions of Carriage for Airmail (May 2018)
General Terms and Conditions for the Add-on Services (July 2021)
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