I. GENERAL CONDITIONS
1. The scope of the supplies or services (hereinafter called ”Supplies“) shall be defined by the written
declarations of both parties to the contract. General terms and conditions of the Purchaser shall apply only where expressly accepted in writing by the supplier or service provider (hereinafter called “Supplier”).
2. For cost estimates, drawings and other documents (hereinafter called “Documents“), the Supplier reserves all
right, title and interest in the property and the copyright. Such Documents may not be made available to third parties without the prior consent of the Supplier and they shall, upon request, be immediately returned to the Supplier if he
is not awarded the contract. Sentences 1 and 2 shall apply reciprocally to Purchaser’s Documents; however, these may be made available to those third parties to whom the Supplier may transfer Supplies.
3. The Purchaser shall have the non-exclusive tight to use standard software in unchanged form with the stipulated performance
characteristics for the agreed equipment. The Purchaser is allowed to make two back-up copies without the Supplier’s express consent.
4. Partial Supplies shall be permissible where they can be reasonably expected of the Supplier.
II. PRICE AND TERMS OF PAYMENT
1. Prices shall be ex works and shall exclude packing and the sales tax payable under the applicable law.
2. No costs of carriage on orders more than 1000,- â‚¬ (CPT).
3. If the Supplier has undertaken the assembly or erection, the Purchaser shall bear all required incidental costs in addition
to the agreed contract price unless otherwise agreed.
4. Payments shall be made free at Supplier’s paying office.
5. The Purchaser may set off only those claims that are undisputed or have been finally determined in a legally binding manner.
III. RETENTION OF TITLE
1. The items of Supplies (Secured Goods) shall remain the property of the Supplier until each and every claim against the
Purchaser to which the Supplier is entitled under this business relationship has been duly satisfied. If the value of all security rights of the Supplier exceeds the value of all secured claims by more than 20 %, the Supplier shall
release a corresponding part of the security rights at the Purchaser’s request.
2. For the duration of the retention of title, the Purchaser ist prohibited from giving the items of Supplies in pledge or as
security, and resale shall be permissible only to resellers in the ordinary course of business and only on condition that the reseler receives payment from his customer or retains title so that the property is transferred to the customer
only after fulfilment of his obligation to pay.
3. In case of seizure or other acts or interventions by third parties, the Supplier shall be immediately informed thereof in
writing by the Purchaser.
4. In cases of fundamental non-performance of contractual obligations by the Purchaser, especially a delay in payment, the
Supplier shall be entitled to take back the goods following a demand for payment. The Purchaser shall be obliged to return the purchased goods. The taking back, the assertion of the retention of title or the seizure of the Secured
Goods by the Supplier does not mean termination of the contract except if expressly stated by the Supplier.
IV. TIME FOR DELIVERY AN DELAY
1. Observance of the stipulated time for delivery is conditional upon the timely receipt of all documents, necessary permits and
releases, especially of plans to be provided by the Purchaser, as well as fulfilment of the agreed terms of payment and other obligations by the Purchaser. Unless these conditions are fulfilled on time, the time for delivery will be
extended accordingly except where the Supplier is responsible for the delay.
2. If non-observance of the time for delivery is due to force majeure such as mobilisation, war, riot or similar events, e.g.
strike or lockout, such time shall be extended accordingly.
3. If the Supplier is responsible for a delay in delivery, the Purchaser who can establish credibly that he suffered a loss from
such delay may claim agreed compensation of 0.5 % for every completed week of delay but in no event shall the aggregate of such compensation exceed a total of 5 % of the price of that part of the Supplies which, because of the delay,
could not be put to the intended use.
4. Purchaser’s claims for compensation which exceed the limits specified in para. IV.3. shall be excluded in all cases
delayed delivery even after expiry of an extension of time that may have been granted to the Supplier. This exclusion shall not apply where in cases of wilful misconduct or gross negligence there is a legally binding liability on the
part of the Supplier. No change in the burden of proof to the detriment of the Purchaser is involved. Purchaser’s right to terminate the contract shall remain unaffected after the expiry of an extension granted to the
Supplier that did not result in delivery.
5. If dispatch or delivery is delayed at Purchaser’s request by more than month after notice was given of the readiness
for dispatch, the Purchaser may be charged storage costs for each month thereafter to the amount of 0.5 % of the price of the supplied goods but in no event shall the aggregate storage charges exceed a total of 5 % of the price. The
parties to the contract are at liberty to furnish proof of higher or lower storage costs.
V. TRANSFER OF RISK
1. Even where “carriage paid“ delivery has been agreed, the risk shall pass to the Purchaser as follows:
a) If the supply does not include assembly or erection, when goods have been delivered to or picked up by carrier. At the
Purchaser’s request and expense, Supplies shall be insured by the Supplier against the ordinary risks of transport.
b) If the supply includes assembly or erection, the day on which they are taken over into
Purchaser’s own service or, if so stipulated, after a satisfactory trial run.
2. If the dispatch, the delivery, the beginning or completion of assembly or erection, the taking over into Purchaser’s
own service or the trial run is delayed for reasons within the Purchaser’s responsibility, or if the Purchaser has failed for other reasons to accept delivery, the risk shall pass to the Purchaser.
VI. ASSEMBLY AND ERECTION
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, assembly and erection shall be subject to the following provisions:
1. The Purchaser shall provide at his own expense and in a timely manner:
a) all earth-moving and construction work and
other ancillary services not specific to the Supplier’s trade as well as the necessary skilled and unskilled labour, materials and tools,
b) the equipment and materials necessary for assembly, erection and commissioning such
as scaffolds, lifting equipment etc., fuels and lubricants,
c) energy and water at the point of use, including connections, heating and lightning.
d) suitable, dry and lockable rooms of sufficient size at the site for the storage of machine parts, apparatus materials, tools
etc. and adequate working and recreation rooms for the assembly personnel including appropriate sanitary facilities. Furthermore, the Purchaser shall take all measures he would take for the protection of his own property to safeguard the
property of the Supplier and of the site.
e) protective clothing and protective devices which are needed because of particular conditions on the site.
2. Before the start of assembly or erection, the Purchaser shall make available of his own accord all necessary information
concerning the location of concealed electric power, gas and water lines of similar installations as well as the required data concerning statics and underlying conditions of the site.
3. Before the beginning of assembly or erection, the necessary materials and equipment to start work must be provided at
the site and all preparations must have advanced to such a point that the assembly or erection can be started as agreed and carried out without interruption Access roads and the site itself must be level and clear.
4. If the assembly, erection or commissioning is delayed by circumstances for which the Supplier is no responsible, the
Purchaser shall bear an appropriate amount of the costs of waiting periods and of any additional travelling of the Supplier or the assembly personnel that may be necessary.
5. The Purchaser shall attest to the Supplier at weekly intervals the hours worked by the assembly personnel and he shall
immediately confirm in writing the completion of assembly, erection or commissioning.
6. If, after completion, the Supplier requests acceptance of the Supplies, it shall be carried out by the Purchaser within two
weeks of the Supplier’s request, failing which acceptance is deemed to have taken place. Acceptance is also deemed to have taken place if after completion of any agreed test phase the Supplies are put to use.
VII. TAKING DELIVERY
Deliveries, even with minor defects, have to be accepted by the Purchaser.
For defects with include the absence of expressly warranted characteristics, the Supplier shall be liable as follows:
1. The Supplier shall, at his option and expense, repair, replace or newly provide any parts or services whose usefulness is
impaired more than insignificantly within 24 months from the date of the transfer of risk – regardless of the period of operation – owing to circumstances that existed before the transfer of risk.
2. Warranty claims are subject to a limitation period of 12 month after notification of the defect. Notice in writing shall be
given to the Supplier immediately after discovery of the defect.
3. In case of notification of a defect, Purchaser’s payment may be withheld in reasonable proportion to the noticed
defect. If the contract pertains to the conduct of a Purchaser’s business, the Purchaser can withhold payments only if the legitimacy of the asserted complaint ca be established beyond doubt.
4. The Supplier shall be given adequate time and opportunity to remedy the defect. If he is refused these, the Supplier shall
have no liability for the defect.
5. If an adequate extension granted to the Supplier expires without the defect being remedied, the Purchaser shall have the
right to demand cancellation of the contract or a reduction of the purchase price.
6. The warranty does not cover natural wear and tear or damage arising, after the transfer of risk, from faulty or negligent
handling, excessive strain, unsuitable equipment, defective workmanship, inappropriate foundation soil or from particular external influences not assumed under the contract, or from non-reproducible software errors. The warranty
does not cover modifications or repairs carried out improperly by the Purchaser or by third parties.
7. The warranty period for repairs or replacement Supplies (of goods or services) shall be 6 months.It shall be the later
of: (1) 6 months from the date of repair or replacement; or (2) the remaining length of the original warranty period for the Supplies. For those parts which cannot be put to the intended use because of the interruption of service,
the warranty period shall be extended by the period of service interruption caused by the repair or replacement supply.
8. The periods specified in paras 1., 2. an 7. shall not apply where longer periods are provided by law according to Â§
9. Except as provided above, any other warranty claims of the Purchaser against the Supplier and the Supplier’s agent
shall be excluded. However, clause XI (Further liability) shall remain unaffected.
IX. INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHT
1. If a third party, because of an infringement of industrial property right or copyright (hereinafter called “Property
Rights“) by products furnished by the Supplier and used in conformity with the contract, asserts legitimate claims against the Purchaser, the Supplier shall be liable to the Purchaser as follows:
a) At his own option and expense, the Supplier shall either obtain a right to use the product, modify the product so as not to
infringe the Property Rights or replace the product. If this is not possible to the Supplier on acceptable terms, he shall have to take back the product and refund the purchase price.
b) Supplier’s aforesaid obligations shall exist only on condition that the Purchaser immediately notifies the Supplier in
writing of the claims asserted by the third party, that he does not acknowledge an infringement and that all countermeasures and settlement negotiations are reserved to the Supplier. If the Purchaser stops using the product to reduce the
damage or for other important reasons, he shall be obliged to make it clear to the third party that the suspended use does not mean acknowledgement of an infringement of Property Rights.
2. Claims of the Purchaser shall be excluded if he is responsible for an infringement of Property Rights.
3. Claims of the Purchaser shall also be excluded if the infringement of Property Rights was caused by specific demands of the
Purchaser, by a use of the product being used together with products not provided by the Supplier.
4. Further claims against the Supplier shall be excluded. However, Clause XI (Further liability) shall remain unaffected and so
shall be Purchaser’s right to terminate the contract.
X. IMPOSSIBILITY OF PERFORMANCE, CONTRACT ADAPTATION
1. If it is impossible for the Supplier to carry out the Supplies for reasons for which he is responsible, the Purchaser shall
be entitled to claim damages but the Purchaser’s claim for damages shall be limited to 10 % of the value of that part of the Supplies which, owing to the impossibility, cannot be put to the intended use. This shall not apply where
in cases of wilful misconduct, of gross negligence or of initial impossibility, there is a legally binding liability. No change in the burden of proof to the detriment of the Purchaser is involved. Purchaser’s right to terminate
the contract shall remain unaffected.
2. Where unforeseeable events as described in Clause IV, para. 2., substantially change the economic importance or the contents
of the Supplies or considerably affect the Supplier’s business, the contract shall be adapted accordingly with due regard to the principle of good faith. Where this is not economically reasonable, the Supplier shall have the right
to terminate the contract. If the Supplier wants to make use of this right of termination, he shall notify the Purchaser in writing immediately after becoming aware of the significance of the event. This shall apply even where at first
an extension of the delivery time had been agreed with the Purchaser.
XI. FUTHER LIABILITY
Except as provided herein, any other claims for damages of the Purchaser shall be excluded regardless of whether they are based
on positive breach of contractual obligations, violation of obligations in contract negotiations, breach of warranty, tort or other legal theory. This exclusion shall not apply where e.g. under the product liability law or in cases
of wilful misconduct, of gross negligence, of the absence of warranted characteristics or of the legally binding liabilitiy. However, liability for damages arising from the fundamental non-performance of contractual obligations shall be
limited to the foreseeable demage normally covered by a contract except in cases of wilful misconduct or gross negligence. This limitation does not imply a change in the burden of proof to the detriment of the Purchaser.
XII. CHOICE OF FORUM
1. If the Purchaser is a businessman, the sole forum for all disputes arising directly or indirectly out of the contract shall
be the place of the Supplier’s head or branch office at the Supplier’s option.
2. All relations arising out of the contract shall be governed by German law including the United Nations Convention on Contracs
for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
XIII. VALIDITY OF THE CONTRACT
Even in case of legal invalidity of individual items, the remaining parts of the contract shall remain binding
save where adherence to the contract would mean an undue hardship on one of the parties.
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