The Contracting Parties,
Desirous of improving the conditions of preservation of the quality of perishable foodstuffs during their carriage, particularly in international trade,
Considering that the improvement of those conditions is likely to promote the expansion of trade in perishable foodstuffs,
The provisions of article 4 of this Agreement shall apply to all carriage, whether for hire or reward or for own account, carried out exclusively - subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of this article - by rail, by road or by a combination of the two, of
- quick (deep)-frozen and frozen foodstuffs, and of
- foodstuffs referred to in annex 3 to this Agreement even if they are neither quick (deep)-frozen nor frozen,
if the point at which the goods are, or the equipment containing them is, loaded on to a rail or road vehicle and the point at which the goods are, or the equipment containing them is, unloaded from that vehicle are in two different States and the point at which the goods are unloaded is situated in the territory of a Contracting Party.
In the case of carriage entailing one or more sea crossings other than sea crossings as referred to in paragraph 2 of this article, each land journey shall be considered separately.
The provisions of paragraph 1 of this article shall likewise apply to sea crossings of less than 150 km on condition that the goods are shipped in equipment used for the land journey or journeys without transloading of the goods and that such crossings precede or follow one or more land journeys as referred to in paragraph 1 of this article or take place between two such land journeys.
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 of this article, the Contracting Parties need not apply the provisions of article 4 of this Agreement to the carriage of foodstuffs not intended for human consumption.
Agreement on the international carriage of perishable foodstuffs and on the special equipment to be used for such carriage (ATP)
- Chapter I. Special transport equipment
- Chapter II. Use of special transport equipment for the international carriage of certain perishable foodstuffs
+ Chapter III. Miscellaneous provisions
+ Chapter IV. Final provisions
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