Matchup of CISG Article 20 with ULIS/ULF Go to Database Directory || Go to CISG Table of Contents



     CISG Article 20                         ULF Article 8(2)
1. A period of time for acceptance      If a time for acceptance is 
fixed by the offeror in a telegram      fixed by an offeror in a letter
or a letter begins to run from the      or in a telegram, it shall be 
moment the telegram is handed           presumed to begin to run from 
in for dispatch or from the date        the day the letter was dated or
shown on the letter or, if no such      the hour of the day the telegram
date is shown, from the date            was handed in for dispatch. 
shown on the envelope. A   
period of time for acceptance  
fixed by the 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.             

Comments on the match-up

Paragraph (1) of CISG Article 20 is derived from Article 8(2) of ULF. Paragraph (2) is derived from a Secretariat proposal based on Article 2(2) of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, as modified by an UNCITRAL Working Group. Farnsworth in Commentary on the International Sales Law, Bianca/Bonell eds. (Guiffrè: Milan 1987) 185-186.

Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated June 18, 1998

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