United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

This Convention is the culmination of the work by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCTRAL). The Convention was approved at a diplomatic conference in Vienna in 1980. Since that time the Convention has been adopted and ratified in over seventy-eight states including the majority of trading nations. The Convention has been adopted and ratified in Canada and the respective Provinces. The Convention applies to all contracts of sale of goods between parties whose places of business are in different states. However, the Convention excludes goods bought for personal, family, or household use. The Convention also provides for individual parties to contract out or vary the functioning of the Convention.

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