The two European organisations EUROPATAT (potato trade) and EUPPA (potato processing), constitute at this time the European RUCIP committee and are responsible for RUCIP, the trade conditions for the potato trade which includes also a chapter for expertise and arbitration.

The first European trade conditions date from 1956 and were made up by the European wholesalers' association. This was the start of encoding the usages in the potato trade in a simple and efficient procedure for expertise and arbitration.

Since then, RUCIP has several times been modified (in 1972, 1986, 1993, 2000, 2006, 2012, 2017 and 2021), which resulted in a RUCIP which has been adapted to the demands of the trade and the technical evolution within the potato sector. The current version has become into force on 1 January 2021. All disputes concerning contracts made up after this date and referring to RUCIP will be treated according to this version. For contracts signed before this date the version of 2017 remains applicable.

It is important to stress that RUCIP is only applicable after clear mention of RUCIP on the front page of the contract which has been signed by all parties. Don't forget that RUCIP is subsidiary to the other contract conditions. They prevale to RUCIP.

When parties have signed a contract referring to RUCIP they resign to all other treatment of a dispute by a civil court, except when mentioned explicitly in a different way.

RUCIP contains 3 parts: trade rules, an expertise and an arbitration regulation.

Companies that wish to involve a RUCIP secretariat for an expertise or an arbitration have to contact the European RUCIP-secretariat in Brussels

  • As form January 1 2019 the Belgian RUCIP secretariat has closed its doors and all cases of RUCIP expertise or arbitration to be treated in Belgium will be managed by the European RUCIP secretariat in Brussels (in French or English)
    Contact : Mrs. Berta REDONDO BENITO
    Tel. +32 (2) 777 15 85 - Fax +32 (2) 777 15 86
    Rue de Trèves 49-51, bte 8, 1040 BRUSSELS

  • The Belgian list of experts and arbitrators is no longer valid as from January 1 2019.

  • The addresses of the recognised national RUCIP-secretariats and the European and national lists of experts and arbitrators can be consulted on the website