Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG)

The Banking Commission’s Guarantees Task Force pools ideas to impact on new policy relating to international guarantees, promotes a wider use of the newly revised Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG 758), answers queries from users concerning the rules and monitors international guarantee practice.

URDG 758, the first revision of the guarantee rules for almost 20 years, was more than an updating of the rules. The rules are the result of an ambitious process to bring into the 21st century rules that are clearer, more precise and more comprehensive.

Breaking new ground

URDG 758 breaks new ground in several respects. They entitle the beneficiary to payment upon presentation of a complying demand without the need to seek the applicant's approval; they express the guarantor’s independent role in exclusively documentary terms; and they allow the supporting statement by the beneficiary indicating that the applicant is in breach to be either in the demand or in a separate signed statement.

In the ICC publication, the new rules are accompanied by a model guarantee and counter-guarantee form and a set of optional clauses at the end of the rules, combining two previously separate ICC publications into a single package.

In June 2011, the Guide to ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees, authored by Georges Affaki and Sir Roy Goode, was published, containing a comprehensive commentary on the rules.

UNCITRAL endorsement

Only a year after the rules came into effect, the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG 758) was officially endorsed by the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at its 44th annual session in Vienna from 27 June-8 July 2011. Comprising 60 member states – all elected by the United Nations General Assembly– UNCITRAL represents the world’s principal geographic regions and economic and legal systems.

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ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG) Publication

ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees 758

The ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG) reflect international standard practice in the use of demand guarantees and balance the legitimate interests of all parties. More than an update of the existing rules, the revised URDG 758 are a new set of rules for the twenty-first century that came into effect on 1 July 2010. URDG 758 contain significant changes practitioners will need to know.

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Official Guide to ICC URDG 758

Guide to ICC URDG 758

With its clear and comprehensive commentary on the rules and the accompanying model forms, this Guide to ICC URDG 758 provides the key to a successful guarantee practice in all sectors and jurisdictions.

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