Commercial seal equivalent to official seal in unperformed cargo safety checks

In a recent case held before the appeal court a driver was accused of neglecting to control the cargo security of a trailer sealed with the transport company’s seal as he had controlled the trailer from the outside but failed to control the inside. The dispute concerned whether the commercial seal overruled the duty to carry out a cargo safety check. The district court found that as a ‘seal’ is not defined in the Road Traffic Act or its preparatory work, the definition also covers commercial seals.

Partners Matti Komonen and Herman Ljungberg at Hammarström Puhakka Partners, Attorneys Ltd, have written an update on this matter. The update titled “Supreme Court sets precedent on CMR carrier’s liability for loading” has been published in the International Law Office’s newsletter.

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