Introduction

  1. Welcome to the Department of Justice’s webpage for the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”).
  2. The CISG is an important and widely adopted commercial law treaty which provides a uniform text of law for international sales of goods within its scope. Its purpose is to provide a modern, uniform and fair regime for contracts for the international sale of goods, thereby introducing certainty in commercial exchanges and decreasing transaction costs. There are currently over 90 Contracting States to the CISG from different legal traditions and at various levels of economic development, which represent over two-thirds of the global economy.

Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance (“Ordinance”)

  1. The Government conducted a public consultation on the application of the CISG to the Hong Kong SAR during the period from March to September 2020 (“Consultation”). In summary, there is general support among the respondents to the Consultation for the proposed application. The outcome of the Consultation is detailed in the Government’s submission to the Legislative Council Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services in March 2021.
  2. Taking into account the outcome of the Consultation, the Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Bill (“Bill”), which aims to implement the CISG in the Hong Kong SAR, was introduced into the Legislative Council (“LegCo”) on 14 July 2021. The Bill was passed by LegCo on 29 September 2021 and the Ordinance will come into operation on a day to be appointed by the Secretary for Justice by notice published in the Gazette.
  3. Pursuant to the relevant process under Article 153 of the Basic Law, as well as the requisite declaration and notification on 4 May 2022 by the Central People’s Government to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (as depositary for the CISG) for applying the CISG (without China’s reservation in respect of Article 1(1)(b) under Article 95 of the CISG) to the HKSAR, the Convention (without China’s said reservation) will apply to the HKSAR with effect from 1 December 2022, and the Ordinance will come into operation on the same date.
  4. On this webpage you will find useful documents, information and resources related to the Consultation, the Ordinance and its legislative history, as well as the CISG and its implementation in the Hong Kong SAR upon the Ordinance coming into operation.
  5. We hope that you find the information and resources on this webpage helpful.

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Consultation and related documents

The Ordinance and its legislative history

CISG: Treaty text, status and cases

Useful information and resources about the CISG

Other useful materials

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