What is CIM?

The CIM convention rules apply to the international carriage of GOODS BY RAIL. From the time the goods and a CIM consignment note are presented to the rail carrier, the carrier accepts responsibility for goods throughout the entire transit up to the time of delivery.

As in the case of international carriage of goods by road, a number of carriers may be engaged in the overall transit. Each successive rail carrier becomes a party to the contract of carriage and accordingly takes responsibility for the goods from the time of taking them over with the accompanying consignment note. Only one carrier may be sued, the first, the last or the actual carrier responsible for the loss.

The rail carrier is liable for loss, damage or mis-delivery unless they can prove that such has been caused by a circumstance 'beyond their control'. Changes in the CIM Rules are presently being considered for implementation following the Vilnius Protocol 1999.