Therefore, the Commercial Court of Kyiv by its decision dated from 27.10.2021 imposed on the sender a fine in the amount of UAH 69,730.00. the formal ground for such a decision was incorrectly indicated weight of cargo in the consignment note.
The court practice shows that in most cases a judge will rule in favour of the Railway. However, there is still a good chance to win the case by a sender (relevant court practice already exists).
Lawyers of Nightingales Partners again protected the interests of the client in an identical dispute on the claim of JSC "Ukrainian Railways" for a fine of UAH 183,925.00. The Commercial Court of Kirovograd region by its decision refused to satisfy a claim of the Railway. Moreover, court ruled to recover legal costs from the claimant in favour of the defendant.
The defendant proved that when entering information into the transport document about the weight of cargo they were guided by the results of weighing conducted with the participation of a representative of the Railway (such a request could be sent to the Railway. As a result of the proceedings, court was on the side of the defendant and dismissed the claim).
Therefore, for a sender not to incur additional financial costs in the form of a fine it is recommended to use services of the Railway for weighing cars or the participation of a representative of the Railway in such weighing. In this way, a sender significantly increases chances of making a court decision in their favour.