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Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods (New York, 1974)

 

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The Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods was concluded at New York on 14 June 1974. A Protocol to the 1974 Limitation Convention was concluded at Vienna on 11 April 1980. The table below identifies parties to the Convention as amended by the Protocol unless as indicated by note (a).

See also:
Chronological table of actions

All dates: DD/MM/YYYY

State

Notes

Signature

Ratification, Accession(*), Succession(§) or Participation under Article VIII or X of the Protocol of 11 April 1980 (†)

Entry into force

Argentina     19/07/1983(*) 01/08/1988
Belarus   14/06/1974 23/01/1997(*) 01/08/1997
Belgium     01/08/2008(†) 01/03/2009
Benin (a)   29/07/2011(*) 01/02/2012
Bosnia and Herzegovina (a)   12/01/1994(§) 06/03/1992
Brazil   14/06/1974    
Bulgaria   24/02/1975    
Burundi (a)   04/09/1998(*) 01/04/1999
Costa Rica   30/08/1974    
Côte d'Ivoire     01/02/2016(†) 01/09/2016
Cuba     02/11/1994(*) 01/06/1995
Czechia (b)   30/09/1993(§) 01/01/1993
Dominican Republic (d)   30/07/2010(*) 01/02/2011
Egypt     06/12/1982(*) 01/08/1988
Ghana (a) 05/12/1974 07/10/1975 01/08/1988
Guinea     23/01/1991(*) 01/08/1991
Hungary   14/06/1974 16/06/1983(*) 01/08/1988
Liberia     16/09/2005(†) 01/04/2006
Mexico     21/01/1988(*) 01/08/1988
Mongolia   14/06/1974    
Montenegro (e)   06/08/2012(*) 01/03/2013
Nicaragua   13/05/1975    
Norway (a), (c) 11/12/1975 20/03/1980 01/08/1988
Paraguay     18/08/2003(*) 01/03/2004
Poland   14/06/1974 19/05/1995(†) 01/12/1995
Republic of Moldova     28/08/1997(*) 01/03/1998
Romania     23/04/1992(†) 01/11/1992
Russian Federation   14/06/1974    
Serbia (a)   12/03/2001(§) 27/04/1992
Slovakia (b)   28/05/1993(§) 01/01/1993
Slovenia     02/08/1995(†) 01/03/1996
Uganda     12/02/1992(†) 01/09/1992
Ukraine (a) 14/06/1974 13/09/1993 01/04/1994
United States of America (b)   05/05/1994(†) 01/12/1994
Uruguay     01/04/1997(†) 01/11/1997
Zambia     06/06/1986(*) 01/08/1988

Parties (as amended by the Protocol of 11 April 1980): 23
Parties (unamended): 30

The text of the Convention, as amended, has been established by the Secretary-General, as provided for by article XIV of the Protocol.

In accordance with its article VIII, paragraph 1, the Protocol is open for accession by all States.

In accordance with article VIII, paragraph 2, of the Protocol, accession to the Protocol by any State that is not a Contracting Party to the unamended Convention shall have the effect of accession to the amended Convention, subject to the provisions of article XI of the Protocol.

In accordance with article X of the Protocol, ratification of or accession to the unamended Convention after the entry into force of the Protocol shall also constitute a ratification of or accession to the amended Convention if the State notifies the depositary accordingly.

In accordance with article XI of the Protocol, the Contracting Parties to the amended Convention are considered to be also Contracting Parties to the unamended Convention in relation to any Contracting Party to the unamended Convention not yet a Contracting Party to the 1980 Protocol, unless the depositary is notified to the contrary.

For information on which States listed above are Parties to the 1980 amending Protocol, consult the United Nations Treaty Collection.

Notes

(a) Party only to the unamended Convention.

(b) Upon accession to the Protocol, Czechoslovakia and the United States of America declared that, pursuant to article XII of the Protocol, they did not consider themselves bound by article I of the Protocol.

(c) Upon signature, Norway declared, and confirmed upon ratification, that, in accordance with article 34, the Convention would not govern contracts of sale where the seller and the buyer both had their relevant places of business within the territories of the Nordic States (i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

(d) From 1 August 1988 to 31 January 2011, the Dominican Republic was a Party to the unamended Convention.

(e) From 3 June 2006 to 28 February 2013, Montenegro was a Party to the unamended Convention.