United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea
This document is 39 pages long.
If you are involved in the actual transport of international shipments, it would be a good idea to read this document. It is not yet in effect, but probably will be in the not too distant future.
It was necessary for this agreement to be updated, to take into consideration the changes in international transportation due to containerization, which allows for, amongst other things, door to door delivery.
There is also a considerably amount of clarification regarding the bills of lading which are transmitted electronically.