Theft of luxury watches from storage raises questions over carrier liability

January 14, 2021 | Publication

An armed robbery at a warehouse provided the basis for an unfortunate – but legally interesting – recent case in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (3 November 2020, ECLI: NL:GHAMS:2020:2933). The case concerned the theft of several expensive Audemars Piguet watches from a warehouse while in the carrier's custody.

The case raised the question of whether the carrier could be held liable for the loss of the goods and, if so, whether it could invoke the limitations of liability applicable to carriers. In this regard, the court also examined whether storage formed an independent part of the contract or whether it was absorbed into carriage.

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