General Terms & Conditions of Purchase
In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:
Business Day: a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday in England when banks in London are open for business.
Conditions: the terms and conditions set out in this document as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 15.4.
Contract: the contract between the Customer and the Supplier for the sale and purchase of the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.
Customer: Endress+Hauser Ltd a company registered in England and Wales with company number 0942157.
Delivery Date: the date specified in the Order, or, if none is specified, within 7 days of the date of the Order.
Delivery Location: the address for delivery of Goods as set out in the Order.
Goods: the goods (or any part of them) set out in the Order.
Order: the Customer's order for the Goods, as set out in the Customer's purchase order form.
Specification: any specification for the Goods, including any related plans and drawings, that is agreed in writing by the Customer and the Supplier.
Supplier: the company or entity from whom the Customer purchases the Goods.
2. Basis of contract
2.1 These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Supplier seeks to impose or incorporate or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
2.2 The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.
2.3 The Order shall be deemed to be accepted on the earlier of:
(a) the Supplier issuing a written acceptance of the Order; and
(b) the Supplier doing any act consistent with fulfilling the Order, at which point the Contract shall come into existence.
3.1 The Supplier shall ensure that the Goods shall:
(a) correspond with their description and any applicable Specification;
(b) be of satisfactory quality (within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979, as amended) and fit for any purpose held out by the Supplier or made known to the Supplier by the Customer expressly or by implication, and in this respect the Customer relies on the Supplier's skill and judgement;
(c) where they are manufactured products, be free from defects in design, material and workmanship and remain so for 12 months after delivery; and (d) comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements relating to the manufacture, labelling, packaging, storage, handling and delivery of the Goods.
3.2 The Supplier shall ensure that at all times it has and maintains all the licences, permissions, authorisations, consents and permits that it needs to carry out its obligations under the Contract.
3.3 The Customer may inspect and test the Goods at any time before delivery. The Supplier shall remain fully responsible for the Goods despite any such inspection or testing and any such inspection or testing shall not reduce or otherwise affect the Supplier's obligations under the Contract.
3.4 If following such inspection or testing the Customer considers that the Goods do not conform or are unlikely to comply with the Supplier's undertakings at clause 3.1, the Customer shall inform the Supplier and the Supplier shall immediately take such remedial action as is necessary to ensure compliance.
3.5 The Customer may conduct further inspections and tests after the Supplier has carried out its remedial actions.
4.1 The Supplier shall ensure that:
(a) the Goods are properly packed and secured in such manner as to enable them to reach their destination in good condition;
(b) each delivery of the Goods is accompanied by a delivery note that shows the date of the Order, the Order number (if any), the type and quantity of the Goods (including the code number of the Goods, where applicable), special storage instructions (if any) and, if the Goods are being delivered by instalments, the outstanding balance of Goods remaining to be delivered; and
(c) if the Supplier requires the Customer to return any packaging material to the Supplier, that fact is clearly stated on the delivery note. Any such packaging material shall be returned to the Supplier at the cost of the Supplier.
4.2 The Supplier shall deliver the Goods:
(a) on the Delivery Date;
(b) at the Delivery Location; and
(c) during the Customer's normal business hours or as instructed by the Customer.
4.3 Delivery of the Goods shall be completed on the completion of unloading the Goods at the Delivery
4.4 If the Supplier:
(a) delivers less than 95% of the quantity of Goods ordered, the Customer may reject the Goods;or
(b) delivers more than 105% of the quantity of Goods ordered, the Customer may at its discretion reject the Goods or the excess Goods,
and any rejected Goods shall be returnable at the Supplier's risk and expense. If the Supplier delivers
more or less than the quantity of Goods ordered, and the Customer accepts the delivery, a pro rata
adjustment shall be made to the invoice for the Goods.
4.5 The Supplier shall not deliver the Goods in instalments without the Customer's prior written consent. Where it is agreed that the Goods are to be delivered by instalments, they may be invoiced and paid for separately. However, failure by the Supplier to deliver any one instalment on time or at all or any defect in an instalment shall entitle the Customer to the remedies set out in clause 5.
5.1 If the Goods are not delivered on the Delivery Date, or do not comply with the undertakings set out in clause 3.1, then, without limiting any of its other rights or remedies, and whether or not it has accepted the Goods, the Customer may exercise any one or more of the following remedies:
(a) to terminate the Contract;
(b) to reject the Goods (in whole or in part) and return them to the Supplier at the Supplier's own risk and expense;
(c) to require the Supplier to repair or replace the rejected Goods, or to provide a full refund of the price of the rejected Goods (if paid);
(d) to refuse to accept any subsequent delivery of the Goods which the Supplier attempts to make;
(e) to recover from the Supplier any costs incurred by the Customer in obtaining substitute goods from a third party; and
(f) to claim damages for any other costs, loss or expenses incurred by the Customer which are in any way attributable to the Supplier's failure to carry out its obligations under the Contract.
5.2 If the Goods are not delivered on the Delivery Date the Customer may at its option claim or deduct 2% of the price of the Goods for each week's delay in delivery by way of liquidated damages, up to a maximum of 10% of the total price of the Goods. This is without prejudice to any other rights the Customer may have in respect of losses caused by the Supplier’s failure to meet the Delivery Date.
All liquidated damages for which the Supplier may become liable are agreed as a genuine pre-estimate of the losses which may be sustained by the Customer in the event that Supplier fails in its relevant obligations under the contract and not as a penalty.
5.3 These Conditions shall apply to any repaired or replacement Goods supplied by the Supplier.
5.4 The Customer's rights and remedies under these Conditions are in addition to its rights and remedies
implied by statute and common law.
6. Title and risk
Title and risk in the Goods shall pass to the Customer on completion of delivery.
7. Price and payment
7.1 The price of the Goods shall be the price set out in the Order, or, if no price is quoted, the price set out
in the Supplier's published price list in force as at the date the Contract came into existence.
7.2 The price of the Goods:
(a) excludes amounts in respect of value added tax (VAT) that the Customer shall also be liable to pay to the Supplier at the prevailing rate, subject to the receipt of a valid VAT invoice and
(b) includes the costs of packaging, insurance & carriage of Goods.
7.3 No extra charges shall be effective unless agreed in writing with the Customer.
7.4 The Supplier may invoice the Customer for price of the Goods plus VAT at the prevailing rate (if applicable) on or at any time after the completion of delivery. The Supplier shall ensure that the invoice includes the date of the Order, the invoice number, the Customer's order number, the Supplier's VAT registration number, and any supporting documents that the Customer may reasonably require.
7.5 The Customer shall pay correctly rendered invoices within 60 days of receipt of the invoice. Payment shall be made to the bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier.
7.6 If a party fails to make any payment due to the other under the Contract by the due date for payment, then the defaulting party shall pay interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% per annum above Bank of England's base rate from time to time.
Such interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. The defaulting party shall pay the interest together with the overdue amount. This clause shall not apply to payments the defaulting party disputes in good faith.
7.7 The Customer may at any time, without limiting any of its other rights or remedies, set off any liability of the Supplier to the Customer against any liability of the Customer to the Supplier.
8. Customer materials
Supplier acknowledges that all materials, equipment & tools, drawings, specifications and data supplied by Customer to Supplier (Customer Materials) & all rights in the customer material are & shall remain the exclusive property of Customer. The Supplier shall keep Customer Materials in safe custody at its own risk, maintain them in good condition until returned to the Customer & not dispose or use the same other than in accordance with the Customer's written instructions or authorisation.
9.1 The Supplier shall keep the Customer indemnified against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal costs (calculated on a full indemnity basis) and all other reasonable professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by the Customer as a result of or in connection with:
(a) any claim made against the Customer for actual or alleged infringement of a third party's intellectual property rights arising out of or in connection with the supply or use of the Goods, to the extent that the claim is attributable to the acts or omissions of the Supplier, its employees, agents or subcontractors;
(b) any claim made against the Customer by a third party for death, personal injury or damage to property arising out of or in connection with defects in Goods, to the extent that the defects in the Goods are attributable to the acts or omissions of the Supplier, its employees, agents or subcontractors; and
(c) any claim made against the Customer by a third party arising out of or in connection with the supply of the Goods, to the extent that such claim arises out of the breach, negligent performance or failure or delay in performance of the Contract by the Supplier, its employees, agents or subcontractors;
(d) all actions, suits, claims, demands, damages, costs, charges, losses and expenses arising out of or in any way caused by any defect in the Goods or packaging or by the Supplier’s negligence or breach of contract or statutory duty.
9.2 This clause 9 shall survive termination of the Contract.
During the term of the Contract and for a period of 6 years thereafter, the Supplier shall maintain in force, with a reputable insurance company, professional indemnity insurance, product liability insurance and public liability insurance to cover the liabilities that may arise under or in connection with the Contract, and shall, on the Customer's request, produce both the insurance certificate giving details of cover and the receipt for the current year's premium in respect of each insurance.
11.1 A party (Receiving Party) shall keep in strict confidence all technical or commercial know-how, specifications, inventions, processes or initiatives which are of a confidential nature and have been disclosed to the Receiving Party by the other party (Disclosing Party), its employees, agents or subcontractors, and any other confidential information concerning the Disclosing Party's business, its products and services which the Receiving Party may obtain.
The Receiving Party shall only disclose such confidential information to those of its employees, agents and subcontractors who need to know it for the purpose of discharging the receiving party's obligations under the Contract, and shall ensure that such employees, agents and subcontractors comply with the obligations set out in this clause as though they were a party to the Contract.
The Receiving Party may also disclose such of the Disclosing Party's confidential information as is required to be disclosed by law, any governmental or regulatory authority or by a court of competent jurisdiction.
11.2 This clause 11 shall survive termination of the Contract.
12. Compliance with relevant laws and policies
12.1 In performing it obligations under the Contract, the Supplier shall:
(a) comply with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations and codes from time to time in force; and
(b) comply with any specific conditions communicated to the Supplier by the Customer.
12.2 The Customer may immediately terminate the Contract for any breach of clause 12.
13.1 The Customer may terminate the Contract in whole or in part at any time before delivery with immediate effect by giving the Supplier written notice, whereupon the Supplier shall discontinue all work on the Contract. The Customer shall pay the Supplier fair and reasonable compensation for any work in progress on the Goods at the time of termination, but such compensation shall not include loss of anticipated profits or any consequential loss.
13.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Customer may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Supplier if:
(a) the Supplier commits a material breach of any term of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 7 days of that party being notified in writing to do so; or
(b) the Supplier fails to deliver the Goods or any part of them by the Delivery Date; or
(c) the maximum amount of liquidated damages payable under clause 5.2 is reached; or
(d) the Supplier takes any step or action in connection with its entering administration, provisional liquidation or any composition or arrangement with its creditors (other than in relation to a solvent restructuring), being wound up (whether voluntarily or by order of the court, unless for the purpose of a solvent restructuring),
having a receiver appointed to any of its assets or ceasing to carry on business or, if the step or action is taken in another jurisdiction, in connection with any analogous procedure in the relevant jurisdiction; or
(e) the Supplier takes any step or action in connection with the Supplier being made bankrupt, entering any composition or arrangement with his creditors, having a receiver appointed to any of his assets, or ceasing to carry on business or, if the step or action is taken in another jurisdiction, in connection with any analogous procedure in the relevant jurisdiction; or
(f) the Supplier suspends, or threatens to suspend, or ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or a substantial part of its business; or
(g) the Supplier's financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in the Customer's opinion the Supplier's capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy.
13.3 Termination of the Contract, however arising, shall not affect any of the parties' rights and remedies that have accrued as at termination.
13.4 Clauses that expressly or by implication survive termination of the Contract shall continue in full force and effect.
14. Force majeure
Neither party shall be in breach of the Contract nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under it if such delay or failure results from an event, circumstance or cause beyond its reasonable control. If the period of delay or non-performance continues for 4 weeks, the party not affected may terminate this Contract by giving 14 days' written notice to the affected party.
15.1 Assignment and other dealings:
(a) The Customer may at any time assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights or obligations under the Contract.
(b) The Supplier may not assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of the Customer.
15.2 Subcontracting: The Supplier may not subcontract any or all of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of the Customer. If the Customer consents to any subcontracting by the Supplier, the Supplier shall remain responsible for all the acts and omissions of its subcontractors as if they were its own.
Where subcontracting forms part of any agreement, the Supplier shall demonstrate subcontractor capability and compliance with the agreed scope of supply subject to review and approval by the Customer and within an agreed timescale.
15.3 Entire agreement: The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.
15.4 Variation: Except as set out in these Conditions, no variation of the Contract, including the introduction of any additional terms and conditions, shall be effective unless it is agreed in writing and signed by the Customer.
15.5 A waiver of any right or remedy is only effective if given in writing and shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. A delay or failure to exercise, or the single or partial exercise of, any right or remedy shall not:
(a) waive that or any other right or remedy; or
(b) prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
(a) If any provision or part-provision of the Contract is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the Contract.
(a) Any notice or communication given to a party under or in connection with the Contract shall be in writing, addressed to that party at registered office (if a company) or principal place of business (in any other case) or such other address as that party may have specified to the other party in writing in accordance with this clause & shall be delivered personally or sent by pre-paid first class post or other next working day delivery service, commercial courier, fax or email.
(b) A notice or other communication shall be deemed to have been received: if delivered personally, when left at the address referred to in clause 15.7(a); if sent by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service, at 9.00am on the second Business Day after posting; if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier's delivery receipt is signed; or, if sent by fax or email, one Business Day after transmission.
(c) The provisions of this clause shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.
15.8 Third party rights : No one other than a party to this agreement shall have any right to enforce any of its terms.
15.9 Compliance with Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Laws, Regulations and Policies: In performing its obligations under the agreement, the Supplier warrants that it shall:
(a) comply with all applicable anti-slavery & human trafficking laws, statutes, regulations & codes from time to time in force including but not limited to the Modern Slavery Act 2015; &
(b) have & maintain throughout the term of this agreement its own policies & procedures to ensure compliance; &
(c) not engage in any activity, practice or conduct that would constitute an offence under sections 1, 2 or 4 of Modern Slavery Act 2015 if such activity, practice or conduct were carried out in UK; &
(d) include in its contracts with its subcontractors and suppliers anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions that are at least as onerous as those set out in this clause 15.9 OR ensure that each of its subcontractors and suppliers shall comply with the Anti- slavery policy and with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, statutes, regulations and codes from time to time in force including but not limited to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
(e) The Supplier shall indemnify the Customer against any losses, liabilities, damages, costs (including but not limited to legal fees) and expenses incurred by, or awarded against, the Customer as a result of any breach of any anti-slavery policy, laws or regulations.
15.10 Compliance with Anti-Bribery Laws, Regulations and Policies: The Supplier warrants that it shall:
(a) comply with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and codes relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption including but not limited to the Bribery Act 2010 (Relevant Requirements);
(b) not engage in any activity, practice or conduct which would constitute an offence under sections 1, 2 or 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 if such activity, practice or conduct had been carried out in the UK;
(c) comply with the Customer's Ethics, Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Policies (available on request) and any relevant industry codes (Relevant Policies).
(d) have and shall maintain in place throughout the term of this agreement its own policies and procedures, including but not limited to adequate procedures under the Bribery Act 2010, to ensure compliance with the Relevant Requirements, the Relevant Policies and Clause 15.10(a), and will enforce them where appropriate;
(e) promptly report to Customer any request or demand for any undue financial or other advantage of any kind received by Supplier in connection with the performance of agreement;
(f) immediately notify Customer (in writing) if a foreign public official becomes an officer or employee of the Supplier or acquires a direct or indirect interest in Supplier & Supplier warrants that it has no foreign public officials as direct or indirect owners, officers or employees at the date of this agreement);
(g)within 2 months of the date of this agreement, and annually thereafter, certify to the Customer in writing signed by an officer of the Supplier, compliance with this Clause by the Supplier and all persons associated with it. The Supplier shall provide such supporting evidence of compliance as the Customer may reasonably request.
(h) the Supplier shall indemnify the Customer against any losses, liabilities, damages, costs (including but not limited to legal fees) and expenses incurred by, or awarded against, the Customer as a result of any breach of any anti-bribery policy, laws or regulations.
15.11 The Supplier shall ensure that any person associated with the Supplier who is performing services or providing goods in connection with this agreement does so only on the basis of a written contract which imposes on and secures from such person terms equivalent to those imposed on the Supplier in this Clause 15 (Relevant Terms).
The Supplier shall be responsible for the observance and performance by such persons of the Relevant Terms, and shall be directly liable to the Customer for any breach by such persons of any of the Relevant Terms.
15.12 Breach of this Clause 15 shall be deemed a material breach of contract. For the purpose of this Clause 15, the meaning of adequate procedures and foreign public official
and whether a person is associated with another person shall be determined in accordance with section 7(2) of the Bribery Act 2010 (and any guidance issued under section 9 of that Act), sections 6(5) and 6(6) of that Act and section 8 of that Act respectively. For the purposes of this Clause 15 a person associated with the Supplier includes but is not limited to any subcontractor of the Supplier.
15.13 Governing law: The Contract, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.
15.14 Jurisdiction: Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Contract or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).
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