Zurich Insurance plc and another company v Abnormal Load Services (International) Ltd

European Union – Jurisdiction. The second indent of art 5(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 should be interpreted as meaning that, in the context of a contract for the carriage of goods between member states in several stages, with stops, and by a number of means of transport, both the place of dispatch and the place of delivery of the goods constituted places where transport services were provided, for the purposes of that indent. The Court of Justice of the European Union so held in a preliminary ruling in proceedings brought by Zurich Insurance plc (established in Ireland) and a Finnish company against a company established in the UK, concerning payment of damages for loss of cargo during its transport by the latter company.

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