International Statute of Limitations

Alberta

Alberta

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

American Samoa

American Samoa

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years10 years10 years3 years

Anguilla

Anguilla

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Argentina

Argentina

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Armenia

Armenia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 yearsN/A

Aruba

Aruba

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Australia

Australia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Austria

Austria

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years with some exceptions6-36 months2-3 years with some exceptions2-3 years with some exceptions

Bahamas

Bahamas

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Bahrain

Bahrain

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
15 years6 months-3 years10 years10 years

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Barbados

Barbados

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years+6 years

Belgium

Belgium

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 yearsVaries by industry10 years

Belize

Belize

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years12 years6 years6 years

Benin

Benin

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Bolivia

Bolivia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Bonaire

Bonaire

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Bosnia

Bosnia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years 

Botswana

Botswana

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years6 years6 years6 years

Brazil

Brazil

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

British Columbia

British Columbia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

British Guiana

British Guiana

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Cambodia

Cambodia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years3 years on employment contracts, could vary

Cameroon

Cameroon

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Chile

Chile

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

China

China

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years4 yearsInvalid in Chin

Colombia

Colombia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years4 years 10 years

Croatia

Croatia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Curacao

Curacao

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Cyprus

Cyprus

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 yearsN/A

Denmark

Denmark

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years10 years10 yearsBinding in some cases but there is no legislation for limitation

Dominica

Dominica

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
20 years20 years20 years20 years

Ecuador

Ecuador

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
na3 years3 years3 years

Egypt

Egypt

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5/15 years5/15 years5/15 years5/15 years

England

England

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Eritrea

Eritrea

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 year

Estonia

Estonia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Fiji

Fiji

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Finland

Finland

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years10 years10 years3 years

France

France

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years3 years5 years B2B; 2 years B2C5 years

Gabon

Gabon

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Gambia

Gambia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Germany

Germany

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Ghana

Ghana

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Greece

Greece

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Grenada

Grenada

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
nonenonenonenone

Guam

Guam

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Guatemala

Guatemala

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Guinea

Guinea

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
30 years30 years30 years30 years

Guyana

Guyana

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
7 years7 years7 years7 years

Hungary

Hungary

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Iceland

Iceland

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years10 years4 years4 years

India

India

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Indonesia

Indonesia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
 3 years30 years30 years

Iran

Iran

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
none5 yearsnonenone

Ireland

Ireland

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Israel

Israel

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
7 years7 years7 years7 years

Italy

Italy

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Jamaica

Jamaica

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Japan

Japan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years5 years except for sales agreement5 years except for sales agreement2 years

Jordan

Jordan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years15 years15 years

Kenya

Kenya

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Korea, South

Korea, South

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years5 years5 years3 years

Kuwait

Kuwait

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years3 years10 yearsN/A

Latvia

Latvia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Lebanon

Lebanon

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years for service & 5 years for goods delivered. No difference between consumer or B2B  

Lithuania

Lithuania

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
30 years30 years30 years30 years

Malawi

Malawi

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Malaysia

Malaysia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Maldives

Maldives

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
nonenonenonenone

Mali

Mali

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Malta

Malta

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Manitoba

Manitoba

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Martinique

Martinique

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
nonenonenonenone

Mauritius

Mauritius

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Mexico

Mexico

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 year3 years4 years4 years

Moldova

Moldova

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Monaco

Monaco

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years B2B; 2 years B2C5 years B2B; 2 years B2C5 years B2B; 2 years B2C5 years B2B; 2 years B2C

Montserrat

Montserrat

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Netherlands

Netherlands

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years B2B; 2 years B2C6 mos as from the last day of the term presentation5 years B2B; 2 years B2C5 years B2B; 2 years B2C

New Brunswick

New Brunswick

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

New Zealand

New Zealand

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Nigeria

Nigeria

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Norway

Norway

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years10 years10 years3 years

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Nunavut

Nunavut

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Ontario

Ontario

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Pakistan

Pakistan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Philippines

Philippines

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Poland

Poland

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Portugal

Portugal

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 to 15 years5 to 20 years5 to 20 years5 to 20 years (depends if it is considered valid)

Qatar

Qatar

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years3 years15 years1 years

Quebec

Quebec

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Romania

Romania

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
na3 years3 years3 years

Russia

Russia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 yearsNot valid in Russia

Rwanda

Rwanda

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
nonenonenonenone

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Saipan

Saipan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
None1 year minimumNoneNone

Scotland

Scotland

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years and 20 years5 years

Serbia

Serbia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years

Singapore

Singapore

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Slovakia

Slovakia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years3 years4 years4 years

Slovenia

Slovenia

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

South Africa

South Africa

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Spain

Spain

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years3 years5 years5 years

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years6 years6 years3 years

Sudan

Sudan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
n/an/an/an/a

Suriname

Suriname

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
5 years5 years5 years5 years

Sweden

Sweden

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Switzerland

Switzerland

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Syria

Syria

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years3 years15 yearsna

Taiwan

Taiwan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years5 years2 yrs for com'l cases, 15 yrs for common contractna

Thailand

Thailand

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
4 years4 years4 years4 years

Turkey

Turkey

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years3 years10 years10 years

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

Uganda

Uganda

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years10 years10 years10 years

Ukraine

Ukraine

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years15 yearsna

Venezuela

Venezuela

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
10 years3 years10 years with some exceptions10 years with some exceptions

Vietnam

Vietnam

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
2 years2 years2 years2 years

Wales

Wales

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Yukon

Yukon

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
6 years6 years6 years6 years

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Open Account YearsPromissory NotesWritten ContractsOral Agreements
3 years3 years3 years3 years

This summary of International Statute of Limitation laws has been researched with the assistance of our local listees in each country. Laws change and we suggest that you verify this information for yourself. Always consult with a local listed law firm. THE AMERICAN LAWYERS QUARTERLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR DIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM RELIANCE OF THIS INFORMATION BY ANY PARTY WHATSOEVER UPON THE LEGALITY AND ACCURACY OF THE CONTENTS THEREOF.

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