Transport Law

Transport and transhipment of goods and merchandise through various transport and distribution channels gain increasingly importance in the economy of the Federal Republic of Germany, but also on the European and international scopes.

As one of the few scopes the logistics industry increase growth rates annually.

Currently, transport and logistics services in Germany alone make about 74 billion EUR which equals 4% of the total gross value added.


Our chambers in Hamburg, Germany’s biggest seaport and home to the largest number of forwarding agencies in Germany, advises on questions such as:


– Liability of carriers / freight forwarding agencies for damage to cargo

– Limitation of Liability (by law or contract) or suspension of the statute of limitations


of liability for gross negligence

– Recourse when acting as subcarrier

– Bill of lading and other transport documents (e.g. TIR carnet)

– Pallet swap

– Enforcement of claims arising from transportation or freight forwarding contracts

– Compliance with German public law (GüKG, GefahrgutV, LenkzeitV, etc.)

– Safe design of contracts or general business conditions

(e.g. jurisdiction agreements in the scope of the CMR).