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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Legislative history of CISG article 20: Match-up with 1978 Draft to assess relevance of Secretariat Commentary


1978 Draft article 18

(1) A period of time for acceptance fixed by an offeror in a telegram or a letter begins to run from the moment the telegram is handed in for dispatch or from the date shown on the letter or, if no such date is shown, from the date shown on the envelope. A period of time for acceptance fixed by an offeror by telephone, telex or other means of instantaneous communication, begins to run from the moment that the offer reaches the offeree.

(2) If the notice of acceptance cannot be delivered at the address of the offeror due to an official holiday or a non-business day falling on the last day of the period for acceptance at the place of business of the offeror, the period is extended until the first business day which follows. Official holidays or non-business days occurring during the running of the period of time are included in calculating the period.

  

CISG article 20

(1) A period of time for acceptance fixed by the offeror in a telegram or a letter begins to run from the moment the telegram is handed in for dispatch or from the date shown on the letter or, if no such date is shown, from the date shown on the envelope. A period of time for acceptance fixed by an offeror by telephone, telex or other means of instantaneous communication, begins to run from the moment that the offer reaches the offeree.

(2) Official holidays or non-business days occurring during the period for acceptance are included in calculating the period. However, if a notice of acceptance cannot be delivered at the address of the offeror on the last day of the period because that day falls on an official holiday or a non-business day at the place of business of the offeror, the period is extended until the first business day which follows.


Editorial History

The Secretariat Commentary on 1978 Draft article 18 remains relevant to CISG article 20. An "an" was replaced by a "the" in paragraph (1) and paragraph (2) contains various word changes and a re-positioning. However, all are drafting modifications and none effect changes in the substantive contents of the text.


Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated July 12, 1999
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