General Terms and Conditions

General conditions for road transport

The CMR Convention of 1956, which regulates the carriage of goods by road for hire or reward, does not answer all the questions. On the reverse side of the CMR consignment notes issued by the recognised federations, including Febetra, there are (uniform) general conditions of transport. These were updated by the three federations in the autumn of 2017.

These general conditions of transport can be considered as an addition to the CMR Convention. They regulate matters such as waiting times, liability for loading and unloading operations, payment terms, etc.

General terms and conditions have legal force if the other party was aware of them and accepted them, either explicitly or tacitly.

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General logistic conditions

Due to the fierce competition faced by transport companies, together with the constant pressure on prices, many of them have developed various logistics services. The legal framework and rules in the world of transport are well known and are contained in the CMR regulations.

BELOTRA, the logistics committee of Febetra, together with the Royal Association of Flow Managers (KVBG) and with the support of all the federations of the transport sector and the Confederation of Belgian Freight Forwarders, set to work in order to draw up general logistics service conditions. The first version had been in force since 27/11/2003. After 12 years, the sector decided that these conditions needed to be updated. The second version has been in force since 9 October 2015.

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ABAS conditions

Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor het Antwerpense Stouwerij- en Havenbedrijf (General Professional Association for the Antwerp Stewardship and Port Authority): the affiliated companies are stowers and goods handlers. Among other things, they are responsible for the effective loading and unloading of ships.

Click here for the general conditions for the handling of goods and related activities in the port of Antwerp.


CMR Convention

CMR (Convention Relative au Contrat de Transport International de Marchandises par Route – Convention for the International Transport of Goods by Road) is an international convention for cross-border road transport.  The CMR applies to all road transport from or to a country that is a member of the convention.
The CMR is also valid for domestic transport as part of an international transport.

Click here for the convention on the contract for the international carriage of goods by road.