Research Handbook on International and Comparative Sale of Goods Law
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Research Handbook on International and Comparative Sale of Goods Law

Edited by Djakhongir Saidov

This thorough and detailed Research Handbook explores the complexity of governance of sales contracts in the modern world. It examines many topical aspects of sales law and practice, with considerable emphasis being placed on the diversity of: commercial and transactional contexts; in which sales contracts are made and performed, including digital technologies, long-term contracts and global supply chains and sources governing such contracts, particularly those emanating from commercial players, such as standard form contracts, trade usages and trade terms. Written by leading experts from an international and comparative perspective, the Research Handbook is relevant to anyone with an interest in commercial sales and contract law.
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Chapter 9: CIF and FOB contracts in English law: current issues and problems

Michael Bridge


This chapter surveys the field of export sales governed by English law and concluded on CIF or FOB terms. It focuses on the sale of commodities and takes account of the volatile conditions in which such contracts are concluded and which shape the law in this area. The chapter does not provide a full account of the law but instead selects a number of issues that have attracted litigation in modern times and that convey the spirit of the modern law. For example, the chapter scrutinises the relations between FOB contracts and charterparties and examines the nature of string trading and how it affects the performance of CIF contracts.

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