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    UNIS/L/157
    1 August 2011

    Benin Accedes to United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods

    77th Country to Become Party to the CISG, 29th State Party to the Limitation Convention

    VIENNA, 1 August (UN Information Service) - With its accession to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ("CISG"), Benin became the 77th State Party to the Convention. The CISG will enter into force for Benin on 1 August 2012.

    The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods provides an equitable and modern uniform framework for the contract of sale, which is the backbone of international trade in all countries, irrespective of their legal tradition or level of economic development. The CISG is therefore considered to be one of the core conventions in international trade law.

    The CISG, which has been adopted by a large number of major trading countries, establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller, remedies for breach of contract and other aspects of the contract.

    Moreover, Benin has also deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods, 1974 (the "Limitation Convention"), becoming the 29th State party to that convention. The Limitation Convention will enter into force for Benin on 1 February 2012.

    Adopted by a diplomatic conference on 12 June 1974, the Limitation Convention establishes uniform rules governing the period of time within which legal proceedings arising from an international sales contract must be commenced, thus functionally complementing the CISG.

    Further information on the CISG and on the Limitation Convention is available on the UNCITRAL website at www.uncitral.org.

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    For information contact:

    Timothy Lemay
    Principal Legal Officer
    UNCITRAL Secretariat
    Email: timothy.lemay[at]uncitral.org