Effective date: 1 August 1998
Declarations and reservations: Latvia had filed an Article 96 declaration. “On 13 November , Latvia deposited an instrument with the Secretary-General of the United Nations withdrawing its "written form" declaration under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). With this action, Latvia joins the vast majority of CISG States Parties that do not require the written form for contracts for the international sale of goods. Latvia's action will take effect on 1 June 2013.” <http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/pressrels/2012/unisl177.html>
Historical editorial comments (dated pre-November 2012):
"In accordance with articles 12 and 96 of the Convention, any provision of article 11, article 29 or Part II of this Convention that allows a contract of sale or its modification or termination by agreement or any offer, acceptance or other indication of intention to be made in any form other than in writing does not apply where any party has his place of business in Latvia."
Comments: This is an authorized Article 96 declaration. A consequence of Article 12, among other provisions of the CISG, is that the CISG supersedes otherwise applicable requirements of form to conclude a contract for the sale of goods. A Contracting State that does not desire this files an Article 96 declaration.
Historical data: The CISG had been in force in the Soviet Republic of Latvia, effective 1 September 1991. However, when Latvia became an independent State, it elected to adopt the Convention by accession rather than succession with an effective date of 1 August 1998.