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ICC Short Form Model Contracts

ICC Short Form Model Contracts

Practice has shown that companies and businesses involved in international trade frequently use commercial agency and distributorship contracts to distribute their products abroad.

However, users should bear in mind fundamental differences in purpose and substance between these contracts when deciding which one to choose.


The publication ICC Short Form Model Contracts is a simplified contract intended for parties who do not want a detailed commercial agency contract or distributorship contract, but prefer a shorter simpler form covering only the most essential issues.

It should be stressed that a "short form" contract will contain only provisions which cover the most typical issues arising between the parties and will not provide the choice of more sophisticated alternative provisions which might actually be more appropriate for some users.

Revision of this model contract was prepared by a dedicated sub-group of the Agency and Distributorship Working Group under the auspices of the ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice, and was chaired by Fabio Bortolotti (Italy).


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