The contract of carriage under the Bulgarian Commerce Act

According to Art. 367 CA, under a contract of carriage a carrier shall undertake to carry out for compensation the transportation of a person, luggage or cargo to a certain place. The carrier is bound to carry out the transportation within the specified term, to store the cargo from its acceptance to its delivery, to notify the consignee of the arrival of the cargo and to deliver the cargo at the point of destination. The consignor is bound to deliver the cargo to the carrier in a state allowing it to undergo transportation, according to its type and special requirements for various types of cargo. The consignor shall also deliver to the carrier together with the cargo the documents needed in order to deliver the cargo to the consignee. The consignor may request the carrier to issue a consignment note for the delivered cargo. The carrier is liable for any loss or damage of the cargo, except where the packing is obviously inappropriate but the consignor declares in writing that any damages that may occur shall be on his own account as per Art. 370 (3) CA. Once the cargo has been received, the carrier would be liable only if they are notified of the damage no later than one month of receipt. If the recipient cannot be found at the address or refuses to accept the cargo, the carrier is obliged to keep it or to pass it to another for safekeeping and shall promptly notify the consignor. Where perishable cargo is concerned, the rules for the sale of the property in case of delay of the creditor apply.