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17 April 2014

Norway Becomes a Party to Part II (Formation of the Contract) of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)

VIENNA, 17 April (UN Information Service) - On 14 April, Norway completed the process to become a party to Part II of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), one of the core conventions in international trade law. This action takes effect on 1 November 2014, and, from then on, Norway will apply both CISG Part II, which covers the formation of contracts, and CISG Part III, which covers the obligations of buyers and sellers. This development will not affect the exclusion of the CISG in situations where all contracting parties have their places of business in the five Nordic States (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden).

Norway accepts the provisions on contract formation by withdrawing a declaration, made upon signing the CISG in 1981, that it would not be bound by Part II. Norway's action is part of a current trend for States to reconsider declarations made upon signing or acceding to the CISG. Withdrawal of these declarations increases the level of legal uniformity in the scope of application of the convention. Denmark, Finland and Sweden have recently lodged treaty actions similar to those of Norway (see press releases UNIS/L/168 of 6 July 2012, UNIS/L/164 of 1 June 2012 and UNIS/L/162 of 22 May 2012). As a result, there is no State that has made a declaration excluding the application of CISG Part II.

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods provides an equitable and modern uniform framework for the contract of sale, which is the backbone of international trade in all countries, irrespective of their legal tradition or level of economic development.

The CISG, which has been adopted by a large number of major trading countries, establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller, remedies for breach of contract and other aspects of the contract. The CISG has currently 80 State Parties.

Further information on the CISG is available on the UNCITRAL website at


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Timothy Lemay
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UNCITRAL Secretariat
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