Terms and Conditions of Sale
1.1 The definitions and rules of interpretation in this condition apply in these conditions.
Buyer: the person, firm or company who purchases the Goods from the Company.
Company: Weldtite Products Limited with its principal place of business at Unit 9, Harrier Road, Humber Bridge Industrial Estate, Barton –on – Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5RP and registered in England and Wales with company number 02558918.
Contract: any contract between the Company and the Buyer for the sale and purchase of the Goods, incorporating these conditions. Delivery Point: the place where delivery of the Goods is to take place under condition 4.
EXW: has the meaning designated to that Incoterm.
Goods: any goods agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Buyer by the Company (including any part or parts of them).
Incoterms: means the international rules for the interpretation of trade terms issued by the International Chamber of Commerce.
1.2 A reference to a particular law is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.
1.3 Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.
1.4 A reference to one gender includes a reference to the other gender.
1.5 Condition headings do not affect the interpretation of these conditions.
- APPLICATION OF TERMS
2.1 Subject to any variation under condition 2.3, the Contract shall be on these conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms or conditions which the Buyer purports to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document).
2.2 No terms or conditions endorsed on, delivered with or contained in the Buyer's purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document shall form part of the Contract simply as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract.
2.3 These conditions apply to all the Company's sales and any variation to these conditions and any representations about the Goods shall have no effect unless expressly agreed in writing and signed by a Director of the Company. The Buyer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Company which is not set out in the Contract. Nothing in this condition shall exclude or limit the Company's liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
2.4 Each order or acceptance of a quotation for Goods by the Buyer from the Company shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to buy Goods subject to these conditions.
2.5 No order placed by the Buyer shall be deemed to be accepted by the Company until the Company delivers the Goods to the Buyer. 2.6 The Buyer shall ensure that the terms of its order and any applicable specification are complete and accurate.
2.7 Any quotation is given on the basis that no Contract shall come into existence until the Company despatches the Goods to the Buyer. Any quotation is valid for a period of 30 days only from its date provided that the Company has not previously withdrawn it.
3.1 The quantity and description of the Goods shall be as set out in the Company's current price list from time to time in force.
3.2 All samples, drawings, descriptive matter, specifications and advertising issued by the Company and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the Company's catalogues or brochures are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract and this is not a sale by sample.
4.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company, delivery of the Goods shall take place at the Company's principal place of business. 4.2 The Buyer shall take delivery of the Goods within 7 days of the Company giving it notice that the Goods are ready for collection from the Delivery Point.
4.3 If the Company agrees to consign the Goods to an address specified by the Buyer and located within the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, the Company shall arrange for the transportation of the Goods on behalf of the Buyer and delivery will take place at the address specified by the Buyer.
4.4 In the event that the Buyer requests that the Goods are delivered to an address located outside of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, the Company may at the request of the Buyer organise the consignment of the Goods on behalf of the Buyer to an address indicated by the Buyer using a carrier. In such circumstances delivery of the Goods shall take place once the nominated carrier or carrier's agent has collected the Goods from the Delivery Point unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company.
4.5 Any date specified by the Company for delivery of the Goods are intended to be estimates only and time for delivery shall not be made of the essence by notice. If no dates are so specified, delivery shall be within a reasonable time but not in excess of 90 days from the date of notice.
4.6 Subject to the other provisions of these conditions the Company shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and similar loss), costs, damages, charges or expenses caused directly or indirectly by any delay in the delivery of the Goods (even if caused by the Company's negligence), nor shall any delay entitle the Buyer to terminate or rescind the Contract unless such delay exceeds 60 days.
4.7 If for any reason the Buyer fails to accept delivery of any of the Goods when they are ready for delivery, or the Company is unable to deliver the Goods on time or at all because the Buyer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorisations:
(a) risk in the Goods shall pass to the Buyer (including for loss or damage caused by the Company's negligence);
(b) the Goods shall be deemed to have been delivered;
(c) the Company shall be entitled to invoice the Buyer for the Goods; and
(d) the Company may store the Goods until delivery, whereupon the Buyer shall be liable for all related costs and expenses (including, without limitation, storage and insurance).
4.8 Notwithstanding condition 4.7, should the Buyer fail to take delivery of the Goods, the Company, without prejudice to any other rights it may have, may on giving notice to the Buyer proceed to sell or otherwise dispose of the Goods and may at its discretion suspend any further deliveries to the Buyer pursuant to any other contract between the Buyer and the Company.
4.9 The Buyer shall provide at the Delivery Point and at its expense adequate and appropriate equipment and manual labour for loading the Goods.
4.10 If the Company delivers to the Buyer a quantity of Goods of up to 5% more or less than the quantity accepted by the Company, the Buyer shall not be entitled to object to or reject the Goods or any of them by reason of the surplus or shortfall and shall pay for such goods at the pro rata Contract rate. The Buyer shall notify the Company within 7 days from the date of delivery of any surplus or shortfall in the Goods.
4.11 The Company may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
4.12 Each instalment shall be a separate Contract and no cancellation or termination of any one Contract relating to an instalment shall entitle the Buyer to repudiate or cancel any other Contract or instalment.
5.1 The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded by the Company upon despatch from the Company's place of business shall be conclusive evidence of the quantity received by the Buyer on delivery unless the Buyer can provide conclusive evidence proving the contrary.
5.2 The Company shall not be liable for any non-delivery of Goods (even if caused by the Company's negligence) unless the Buyer gives written notice to the Company of the non-delivery within 7 days of the date when the Goods would in the ordinary course of events have been received.
5.3 Any liability of the Company for non-delivery of the Goods shall be limited to replacing the Goods within a reasonable time or issuing a credit note at the pro rata Contract rate against any invoice raised for such Goods.
5.4 The Company will be deemed to have fulfilled the Contract in accordance with any order placed by the Buyer unless the Buyer notifies the Company in writing within 7 days of the date of receipt of any invoice of the non – delivery of Goods being the subject matter of that invoice.
- EXPORT TERMS
6.1 Where the Goods are supplied for export from the United Kingdom, the provisions of this condition 6 shall apply notwithstanding any other provisions of these conditions and delivery shall be effected on a EXW basis as defined by the Incoterms, unless otherwise agreed in writing between the Company and the Buyer.
6.2 Unless the context otherwise requires, any term or expression which is defined in or given a particular meaning by the provisions of Incoterms shall have the same meaning in these conditions but if there is any conflict between the provisions of the Incoterms and these conditions, these conditions shall prevail.
6.3 The Buyer shall be responsible for complying with any legislation or regulations governing the importation, use or sale of the Goods in the country of destination, the payment of any duties or taxes on them and the transportation and storage of Goods including without limitation any obligation to translate any instructions, labelling or packaging into any other language.
6.4 The Company shall be under no obligation to give notice under section 32(3) of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.
7.1 The Goods are at the risk of the Buyer from the time of delivery.
7.2 Ownership of the Goods shall not pass to the Buyer until the Company has received in full (in cash or cleared funds) all sums due to it in respect of:
(a) the Goods; and
(b) all other sums which are or which become due to the Company from the Buyer on any account. 7.3 Until ownership of the Goods has passed to the Buyer, the Buyer shall:
(a) hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as the Company's bailee;
(b) store the Goods (at no cost to the Company) separately from all other goods of the Buyer or any third party in such a way that they remain readily identifiable as the Company's property;
(c) not destroy, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;
(d) maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured on the Company's behalf for their full price against all risks to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company. On request the Buyer shall produce the policy of insurance to the Company;
(e) notify the Company within 7 days of the whereabouts of the Goods should the Goods be moved to an address different to the address the Goods were originally delivered to; and
(f) ensure that any Goods supplied by the Buyer to third parties are despatched on a rotation basis i.e. where the Buyer receives regular supplies of the same Goods from the Company, such Goods shall be rotated so that the oldest stock supplied by the Company of those Goods is always despatched first.
7.4 The Buyer may resell the Goods before ownership has passed to it solely on the following conditions:
(a) any sale shall be effected in the ordinary course of the Buyer's business at full market value and the Buyer shall hold such part of the proceeds of sale as represent the amount owed by the Buyer to the Company on behalf of the Company and the Buyer shall account to the Company accordingly; and
(b) any such sale shall be a sale of the Company's property on the Buyer's own behalf and the Buyer shall deal as principal when making such a sale.
7.5 The Buyer's right to possession of the Goods shall terminate immediately if:
(a) the Buyer has a bankruptcy order made against him or makes an arrangement or composition with his creditors, or otherwise takes the benefit of any statutory provision for the time being in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, or (being a body corporate) convenes a meeting of creditors (whether formal or informal), or enters into liquidation (whether voluntary or compulsory) except a solvent voluntary liquidation for the purpose only of reconstruction or amalgamation, or has a receiver and/or manager, administrator or administrative receiver appointed of its undertaking or any part thereof, or documents are filed with the court for the appointment of an administrator of the Buyer or notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Buyer or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder (as defined in paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986), or a resolution is passed or a petition presented to any court for the winding-up of the Buyer or for the granting of an administration order in respect of the Buyer, or any proceedings are commenced relating to the insolvency or possible insolvency of the Buyer; or
(b) the Buyer suffers or allows any execution, whether legal or equitable, to be levied on his/its property or obtained against him/it, or fails to observe or perform any of his/its obligations under the Contract or any other contract between the Company and the Buyer, or is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or the Buyer ceases to trade; or
(c) the Buyer encumbers or in any way charges any of the Goods.
7.6 The Company shall be entitled to recover payment for the Goods notwithstanding that ownership of any of the Goods has not passed from the Company.
7.7 The Buyer grants the Company, its agents and employees an irrevocable licence at any time to enter any premises where the Goods are or may be stored in order to inspect them, or, where the Buyer's right to possession has terminated, to recover them.
7.8 Where the Company is unable to determine whether any Goods are the goods in respect of which the Buyer's right to possession has terminated, the Buyer shall be deemed to have sold all goods of the kind sold by the Company to the Buyer in the order in which they were invoiced to the Buyer.
7.9 On termination of the Contract, howsoever caused, the Company's (but not the Buyer's) rights contained in this condition 6 shall remain in effect.
7.10 The Buyer must take out and maintain in force adequate and appropriate insurance with a reputable insurance company in respect of the Goods from the time risk in the Goods passes to the Buyer in accordance with condition 6 until the Buyer has paid the Company the full price of the Goods. The Goods must be insured against loss and damage by accident, fire and theft to the full replacement value under a comprehensive policy of insurance free from restriction or excess.
8.1 Unless otherwise agreed by the Company in writing, the price for the Goods shall be the price set out in the Company's price list published on the date of delivery or deemed delivery.
8.2 The Company shall have the right to increase the price where the costs of materials, labour or any overheads relating to the production of the Goods increase due to factors outside the reasonable control of the Company between the date of any quotation submitted to the Buyer and the date of delivery of the Goods.
8.3 The price for the Goods shall be exclusive of any value added tax and all costs or charges in relation to packaging, loading, unloading, carriage, insurance and local duties unless agreed otherwise by the Company, all of which amounts the Buyer shall pay in addition when it is due to pay for the Goods.
8.4 Where Goods are to be delivered to an address indicated by the Buyer within the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, any quotation or invoice will incorporate carriage costs. Should the Buyer require delivery by passenger train, parcel post, air freight or other special forms of transport, the Buyer shall be responsible for paying the difference in carriage costs.
8.6 Where the Company passes to the Buyer the benefit of any arrangement made for the release of Goods under bond without pre – payment of duties or taxes, the Customer shall indemnify the Company against all liability in respect of such release howsoever arising.
9.1 Subject to condition 9.6, payment of the price for the Goods and other costs and expenses is due in pounds sterling or any other currency set out in any invoice supplied by the Company on the 20th day of the month following the month in which the Company delivers the Goods to the Buyer.
9.2 Where the Company invoices the Buyer in a particular currency and the Buyer makes payment in a different currency, the Company reserves the right to seek any additional payments from the Buyer to ensure that the amount paid by the Buyer in alternative currency is equivalent to the value in the currency set out in the invoice.
9.3 In accordance with condition 9.2, the additional amount payable shall be calculated on the basis of exchange rate issued by the National Westminster Bank on the date that payment becomes due.
9.4 Time for payment shall be of the essence.
9.5 No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Company has received cleared funds.
9.6 All payments payable to the Company under the Contract shall become due immediately on its termination despite any other provision. 9.7 The Buyer shall make all payments due under the Contract in full without any deduction whether by way of set-off, counterclaim, discount, abatement or otherwise unless the Buyer has a valid court order requiring an amount equal to such deduction to be paid by the Company to the Buyer.
9.8 If the Buyer fails to pay the Company any sum due pursuant to the Contract, the Buyer shall be liable to pay interest to the Company on such sum from the due date for payment at the annual rate of 8% above the base rate from time to time of the Bank or England accruing on a daily basis until payment is made whether before or after any judgment.
9.9 Where the rate of applicable interest as set out at condition 9.8 is higher than the applicable rate of statutory interest in force from time to time pursuant to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, then in such circumstance the rate of statutory interest will substitute the rate set out at condition 9.8. Conversely, should the rate of statutory interest increase above the rate set out at condition 9.8, then the higher rate of statutory interest apply.
9.10 The Company reserves the right to suspend any and all deliveries of any order(s) for Goods placed by the Buyer pursuant to any contract between the Buyer and the Company without any liability to the Buyer whatsoever if any invoice issued to the Buyer and relating to any previous order(s) remain outstanding beyond the due date for payment. The Company reserves the right to suspend deliveries for the duration of such non payment of outstanding invoices.
10.1 The Company warrants that (subject to the other provisions of these conditions) upon delivery, the Goods shall:
(a) be of satisfactory quality within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979; and
(b) be reasonably fit for purpose; and
(c) be reasonably fit for any particular purpose for which the Goods are being bought if the Buyer had made known that purpose to the Company in writing and the Company has confirmed in writing that it is reasonable for the Buyer to rely on the skill and judgement of the Company.
10.2 The Company shall not be liable for a breach of the warranties in condition 10.1 unless:
(a) the Buyer gives written notice of the defect to the Company, and, if the defect is as a result of damage in transit to the carrier, within 3 days of the time when the Buyer discovers or ought to have discovered the defect; and
(b) the Company is given a reasonable opportunity after receiving the notice of examining such Goods and the Buyer (if asked to do so by the Company) returns such Goods to the Company's place of business at the Company's cost for the examination to take place there. 10.3 The Company shall not be liable for a breach of the warranties in condition 10.1 if:
(a) the Buyer makes any further use of such Goods after giving such notice; or
(b) the defect arises because the Buyer failed to follow the Company's oral or written instructions as to the storage, installation, commissioning, use or maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice; or
(c) the Buyer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of the Company; or.
(d) the defect arises as a result of damage caused in loading or unloading of the Goods or in transit by the Buyer or a carrier or a carrier's agent.
10.4 Subject to condition 10.2 and condition 10.3, if any of the Goods do not conform with the any of the warranties in condition 10.1 the Company shall at its option repair or replace such Goods (or the defective part) or refund the price of such Goods at the pro rata Contract rate provided that, if the Company so requests, the Buyer shall, at the Company's expense, return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to the Company.
10.5 If the Company complies with condition 10.4 it shall have no further liability for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 10.1 in respect of such Goods.
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
11.1 Subject to condition 4, condition 5 and condition 10, the following provisions set out the entire financial liability of the Company (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to the Buyer in respect of:
(a) any breach of these conditions;
(b) any use made or resale by the Buyer of any of the Goods, or of any product incorporating any of the Goods; and
(c) any representation, statement or tortious act or omission including negligence arising under or in connection with the Contract.
11.2 All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law (save for the conditions implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979) are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
11.3 Nothing in these conditions excludes or limits the liability of the Company:
(a) for death or personal injury caused by the Company's negligence; or
(b) under section 2(3), Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
(c) for any matter which it would be illegal for the Company to exclude or attempt to exclude its liability; or
(d) for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
11.4 Subject to condition 11.2 and condition 11.3:
(a) the Company's total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to the Contract price; and
(b) the Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for any pure economic loss, loss of profit, loss of business, depletion of goodwill or otherwise, in each case whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the Contract.
- BREACH OF CONTRACT/INSOLVENCY
12.1 The Company shall have the right at any time and for any reason to immediately terminate the Contract in whole or in part by giving the Buyer written notice, whereupon all work on the Contract shall be discontinued without liability to the Company, if:
(a) the Buyer commits a material breach of any of the terms and Conditions of the Contract; or
(b) any distress, execution or other process is levied upon any of the assets of the Buyer; or
(c) a bankruptcy order is made against the Buyer or the Buyer makes an arrangement or composition with his creditors, or otherwise takes the benefit of any statutory provision for the time being in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, or (being a body corporate) convenes a meeting of creditors (whether formal or informal), or enters into liquidation (whether voluntary or compulsory) except a solvent voluntary liquidation for the purpose only of reconstruction or amalgamation, or has a receiver or manager, administrator or administrative receiver appointed of its undertaking or any part thereof, or documents are filed with the court for the appointment of an administrator of the Buyer or notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Buyer or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder (as defined in paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986), or a resolution is passed or a petition presented to any court for the winding-up of the Buyer or for the granting of an administration order in respect of the Buyer, or any proceedings are commenced relating to the insolvency or possible insolvency of the Buyer; or
(d) the Buyer ceases or threatens to cease to carry on its business; or
(e) the financial position of the Buyer deteriorates to such an extent that in the reasonable opinion of the Company the capability of the Buyer to adequately fulfill its payment obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy or any such analogous event happens in any jurisdiction.
12.2 The termination of the Contract, however arising, shall be without prejudice to the rights and duties of the Company accrued prior to termination. The conditions which expressly or impliedly have effect after termination shall continue to be enforceable notwithstanding termination.
13.1 The Company may at its absolute discretion agree the return of Goods subject to the Buyer making a request to the Company prior to the delivery of the said Goods to the Company's principal place of business.
13.2. Where the Company agrees that the Buyer may return Goods such Goods, the Goods will be in exchange for credit in the Buyer's favour less a restocking and administration fee of 10% of the value of the invoice value provided that such Goods are returned in a resalable form and at the Buyers own expense.
14.1 The Company may assign the Contract or any part of it to any person, firm or company.
14.2 The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the Contract or any part of it without the prior written consent of the Company.
- FORCE MAJEURE
The Company reserves the right to defer the date of delivery or to cancel the Contract or reduce the volume of the Goods ordered by the Buyer (without liability to the Buyer) if it is prevented from or delayed in the carrying on of its business due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Company including, without limitation, acts of God, governmental actions, war or national emergency, acts of terrorism, protests, riot, civil commotion, fire, explosion, flood, epidemic, lock-outs, strikes or other labour disputes (whether or not relating to either party's workforce), or restraints or delays affecting carriers or inability or delay in obtaining supplies of adequate or suitable materials, import or export regulations or embargoes, provided that, if the event in question continues for a continuous period in excess of 60 days, the Buyer shall be entitled to give notice in writing to the Company to terminate the Contract.
16.1 Each right or remedy of the Company under the Contract is without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Company whether under the Contract or not.
16.2 If any provision of the Contract is found by any court, tribunal or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be wholly or partly illegal, invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable it shall to the extent of such illegality, invalidity, voidness, voidability, unenforceability or unreasonableness be deemed severable and the remaining provisions of the Contract and the remainder of such provision shall continue in full force and effect.
16.3 Failure or delay by the Company in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of the Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under the Contract.
16.4 Any waiver by the Company of any breach of, or any default under, any provision of the Contract by the Buyer shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default and shall in no way affect the other terms of the Contract.
16.5 The parties to the Contract do not intend that any term of the Contract shall be enforceable by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person that is not a party to it.
16.6 The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all aspects of the Contract shall be governed by English law and the parties submit to the non - exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
17.1 All communications between the parties about the Contract shall be in writing, in English or accompanied by an accurate translation into English, and delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid first or second class post or sent by fax or commercial courier:
(a) (in case of communications to the Company) to its registered office or such changed address as shall be notified to the Buyer by the Company; or
(b) (in the case of the communications to the Buyer) to the registered office of the addressee (if it is a company) or (in any other case) to any address of the Buyer set out in any document which forms part of the Contract or such other address as shall be notified to the Company by the Buyer.
17.2 Communications shall be deemed to have been received:
(a) if sent by pre-paid first class post, two days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting); or
(b) if sent by pre-paid second class post, four days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting); or
(b) if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery; or
(c) if sent by pre-paid air mail 9.00am on the five days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays) after posting or at the time recorded by the delivery service, if applicable; or,
(d) if delivered by international commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier's delivery receipt is signed; or,
(e) if sent by fax on a working day prior to 4.00 pm, at the time of transmission and otherwise on the next working day.
18.1 This agreement is drafted in the English language. If this agreement is translated into any other language, the English language version shall prevail.