The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”) establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller in contracts for the international sale of goods, and the remedies for breach of contracts for the international sale of goods.
Canada on accession to the CISG declared that, in accordance with article 93 of the Convention, the Convention would extend to Ontario (and other provinces named in the declaration). The Canadian International Sale of Goods Contracts Convention Act, S.C. 1991, c. 13, has been in effect in Ontario since 1992 because of the International Sale of Goods Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.10. These two acts brought into effect in Canada the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
The Ontario International Sale of Goods Act provides that the contracting parties “may exclude its application by expressly providing in the contract that the local domestic law of Ontario or another jurisdiction applies to it or that the Convention does not apply to it”.
The UNCITRAL status table includes a description of recent new members to the Convention:
Azerbaijan acceded to the Convention in 2016 and it entered into force on June 1, 2017
Cameroon acceded to the Convention in 2017 and it will enter into force on November 1, 2018
Costa Rica acceded to the Convention in 2017 and will enter into force on August 1, 2018
Fiji acceded to the Convention in 2017 and will enter into force on July 1, 2018
Palestine acceded to the Convention in 2017 and will enter into force on January 1, 2019
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