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JE Couriers LTD

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Hi I am after some information on this CMR I keep hearing about.

I believe you need it for European courier work but I can find out very little information on this subject on the net can anyone give me some advice please?

Thank you in advance, Jimmy.

AJM sameday Couriers


There should be plenty of info if you google cmr, I did a few months back and found loads

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Hi Jimmy,

A little more info here.

Looks like Rapid Movements Europe Ltd is probably pretty knowledgeable, you may want to speak to him.



Surprised this question was asked as profile says

Specializing in secure time critical delivery's throughout the UK and Europe

Its a necessary requirement that I know many overlook, but if stopped without or incorrectly filled in, there is a good chance your goods could be seized with inevitable delays.

You can buy forms from various organisations like the RHA, or at most port offices, [Dover Truckstop sell them] or even download them from the internet.

Quite a few that I know have been stopped recently at the Channel Tunnel, motorways in France and Germany too. 1st thing the police or customs ask for is the CMR.



He didn't know it was needed Alan. I know Jimmy quite well and he is looking at getting into the European game. I did say he will need it and told him to raise the question on here for more advice, as I don't know much about it myself. I only do UK and Ireland. I actually thought it was only needed for the big van stuff. Looks like I've learnt something new :)

JE Couriers LTD

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Thanks for the advice I will look into this a little more, do you know the name of the web site you can download from please.



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Hopefully the above link will work

Nottingham & Derby Couriers


The CMR consignment consists of the following parts:

red printing for sender
blue printing for receiver
green imprint on carrier
black print on second carrier (if present)

"CMR" is an abbreviation of the French title of the convention, Convention relative au contrat de transport international de marchandises par route.

What is CMR? CMR stands for “Convention relative au contrat de transport international de marchandises par route” which translates as “Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road”. It was devised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and was brought into UK law by the Carriage of Goods by Road Act 1965

When does CMR apply? It applies to every contract for the carriage of goods by road in vehicles for reward, when the place of taking over of the goods and the place designated for delivery, as specified in the contract, are situated in two different countries, of which at least one is a contracting party to CMR.

The current contracting countries are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.

What about Liability and ‘CMR Insurance’ Under CMR your liability for loss or damage to a load is strictly limited to 8.33 SDRs (Standard Drawing Rights) per kilo, unless you’ve chosen to offer your customer a higher level of liability. That’s currently (11th July 2008) equal to £6.87 per kilo of damaged, lost or stolen goods, or the actual value – whichever is lower. While that’s a higher rate than standard FTA or RHA limits of liability (£1.30/kg) it’s still less than that offered by most couriers’ standard Terms & Conditions.


Despite what you may have been told ‘CMR Insurance’ is NOT compulsory by law, in fact there’s no such thing as CMR Insurance

** – it’s just Goods In Transit insurance that meets your liabilities under CMR. Since your liabilities under CMR are usually more limited than your liabilities under UK Common Law, or most couriers’ Terms & Conditions, then this issue of ‘CMR Insurance’ shouldn’t really exist for same day couriers; it’s only the ‘Territorial Limits’ of standard GIT cover that make it an issue.

Of course if you’re carrying out work for another transport company then they’ll probably consider that you have to have ‘CMR Insurance’ in order to protect their interests. You may also feel that your chances of theft or damage to your load are increased when travelling abroad, particularly during the often unavoidable overnight stops.

JE Couriers LTD

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Nottingham & Derby Couriers,Thank you for this information you have been a fantastic help to me and have given me all the information I required.

Thanks again... Jimmy



JE Courier Service said:

Hi I am after some information on this CMR I keep hearing about.

HI Jimmy Hope this helps along with all the other advice you've been given


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