Maritime Law Series: CIF & FOB Contracts and the Carriage of Goods by Sea

28 May 2019 - Tue / 1 day / 2:30pm - 5:30pm / Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre Training Room, Level 3, Wisma Badan Peguam Malaysia (Formerly known as Wisma Straits Trading) Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar Besar 50050 Kuala Lumpur

The Series of Seminars on Maritime Law is back, with new insightful sessions that aim to guide participants in exploring the multiple facets of maritime law. This second seminar of the series will look into “CIF & FOB contracts”, and the carriage of goods by sea.

Highlight: This event has been fully booked.
Member: RM 100
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 80
Law Student: RM 40
Pupil in Chambers: RM 40
Non-Member: RM 300
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD: Legal Learning Lab
CPD Points: 2
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The Series of Seminars on Maritime Law is back, with new insightful sessions that aim to guide participants in exploring the multiple facets of maritime law. This second seminar of the series will look into “CIF & FOB contracts”, and the carriage of goods by sea.

CIF & FOB Contracts

There are no other more popular terms for the sale of goods that are to be carried by sea. CIF & FOB — short for “cost, insurance and freight” and “free on board” — can be used either in a purely common law sense or modified by contract. The terms set out the obligations of the buyer and seller vis-à-vis the loading of the goods, procurement of the shipment contract, financing of the sale contract and insurance coverage over the goods. This seminar will touch on all of these aspects, and the remedies available to both buyer and seller when there is a breach of the sale contract.

Carriage of Goods by Sea

Carrying goods by sea remains by far the most popular modeof transport, for the simple reason that it is economical. This seminar will examine the various documents issued in a carriage of goods by sea, and the distinction between time, voyage and bareboat charter parties. It will also look at the functions of a bill of lading, the most important document in the carriage. The seminar will end with a discussion of the representations that a bill of lading may carry and the legal effect of those representations.


Clive Navin Selvapandian is a shipping and international trade disputes lawyer. His primary area of practice since 2010 has been shipping disputes, and he holds an LLM in Maritime Law degree from the University of Southampton.

He has been involved in both “dry shipping” disputes (claims on bills of lading and charter parties, etc), as well as “wet shipping” disputes (ship collisions, pollution at sea, tonnage limitation suits, etc).

He also has some experience in disputes involving multimodal transport contracts, international sale contracts and the International Commercial Terms.

Clive is a member of the Bar Council Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee, International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (Dispute Resolution & Arbitration and Maritime Law Committees), and Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“YSIAC”).

He is also an associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and a member of the Maritime Arbitration Committee of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Young Practitioners Group.

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  • Full refunds will be issued if the cancellation is notified to the organiser three business days before the event.
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You are allowed to transfer your place to another participant, but you must notify the organiser with the necessary details.


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