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Multimodal Transport: A Boxful of Rules? - BY VS PARANI
Boxful of Rules is a legal critique of current multimodal transport laws. The book is a spin-off from my dissertation for my Master’s Degree in Business Law which specialized in International Trade Law and Private International Law. I have though, with the inclusion of case-studies, illustrations, and my natural easy style, made the book a good reading for anyone interested in the subject.
World trade is at an all-time high. Most goods are now transported in boxes, or containers. Finished goods, and even raw materials in containers move through ship, road, rail and road; over 560 million containers a year alone. With such high volumes of transport, cargo losses and delays are an arithmetic certainty the global financial impact of cargo loss is estimated to exceed USD 50 billion annually.
With such losses, shippers and consignees are faced with questions such as who to sue in the event of delay in delivery, loss of, or damage to the goods? Where to sue? How much is the carrier liable for? With multiple modes of transport and different carriers, the questions of liability become very complex to determine. This translates into increased insurance and litigation costs, estimated at 500 million Euro per year in Europe alone.
As I researched, it became clear that many practitioners of multimodal transport are also perplexed by this situation but reluctantly accepted the status-quo. Digging deeper, I came to realise that the persons most affected by the legal situation are the end-users who ultimately paid the cost of such inefficiency.
This book is my attempt at understanding the complexity of multimodal transport laws. The book is widely researched, and includes a commentary on the legal situation in Europe, as well as an analysis of the situation in the U.S.A. and other major shipping centres around the world. Currently available books or scholarly articles look at one aspect of the multimodal transport law or tend to focus heavily on one area, the European situation for example.
I hope this book will find a place in the libraries of transport operators, shippers, consignees and students of logistics and multimodal transport law.