Commercial Law in Nigeria: SALE OF GOODS


The first edition of this book was published in 2006 by Chenglo Limited, Enugu, Nigeria under the title, Commercial Law: Sale of Goods, Hire-Purchase and Carriage of Goods by Sea. The current book incorporates some information from the Sale of Goods component of the first edition. It is focused on sale of goods to make room for an in-depth examination of the core principles of this subject.

The book consists of eleven chapters covering the following subjects, among others: Nature of Sale of Goods; Terms of a Contract of Sale; Exemption Clauses; Transfer of Property; Transfer of Title by Non-Owner; Performance of a Contract of Sale; Remedies of the Parties; Forms of Contracts for Carriage of Goods by Sea; and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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Formerly, the Sale of Goods Act 1893 (UK) applied throughout Nigeria as an Act of general application. This Act, which has been replaced  in the United Kingdom with the Sale  of Goods Act  1979 (as  amended), has also been replaced in  many parts of Nigeria with local sale of goods laws enacted in different states. Despite the remarkable similarities in the provisions of the local laws reflecting the common origin of these laws, there are some dissimilarities which pose the problem of reconciliation of the laws in transactions that cut across states with different provisions on vital subjects. To help the reader to appreciate the enormity of these problems, some of the existing laws are reproduced as appendices with annotations.


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