6 August 2008

Belgium Accedes to Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods

Twenty-eighth country to become party to the Convention

VIENNA, 6 August (UN Information Service) - Belgium has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods. The Convention will enter into force for Belgium on 1 March 2009.

Adopted by a diplomatic conference on 12 June 1974, the Convention establishes uniform rules governing the period of time within which legal proceedings arising from an international sales contract must be commenced. The Convention was amended by a Protocol adopted in 1980 to harmonize it with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). 

Belgium becomes the 28th State party to the un-amended Convention, and the 20th State party to the Convention as amended by the Protocol of 11 April 1980.


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For further information, please contact:

Jenny Clift
Senior Legal Officer
UNCITRAL Secretariat
Email: jenny.clift@uncitral.org