The UCC has become even more important to make the commercial sale of goods more uniform.

What Is UCC?

In a country where every state gets to set their own rules, business regulations can often become confusing. This is why the Uniform Commercial Code, or UCC, was created. Essentially, it attempts to make the commercial sale of goods across the 50 states more uniform. In an age in which internet businesses are becoming more prevalent and nationwide sales easier, the UCC has become even more important. In some cases, the manufacturing, storage, sale, and delivery of goods each happen in a different state. In order to maintain individual state regulations and, at the same time, streamline national commercial laws, the UCC serves to modernize contract law. The business attorneys at NW Business Law Group are well-versed in the Uniform Commercial Code and how it applies to the sale of goods in Washington and Oregon.


There are nine different articles in the UCC and most states have applied provisions to at least a few of them. Not many business owners understand which articles apply to their operations, which is why it’s a good idea to have a professional business lawyer knowledgeable in transactions, sales, and contracts. These articles include:

General provisions, which outline the basic definitions of the code
Sales, which also include leases
Negotiable instruments, which concerns promissory notes and other commercial papers
Bank deposits and funds transfers
Letters of credit
Bulk sales and transfers, which cover auctions as well as the liquidation of assets
Warehouse receipts, bills of lading, and miscellaneous documents of title
Investment securities
Secured transactions


Eric Helmy

Business Attorney


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