Terms & Conditions
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE
These terms and conditions which apply on all invoices, are the terms and conditions upon which Sertalink makes all sales. SERTALINK will not accept any other terms and conditions of sale, unless Buyer and SERTALINK have executed a written agreement which specifically modifies, supersedes and/or replaces these terms and conditions. Acceptance of all purchase orders is expressly made conditional upon Buyer’s assent, expressed or implied, to the terms and conditions set forth herein without modification or addition.
ACCEPTANCE OF PURCHASE ORDERS
Buyer’s acceptance of these terms and conditions shall be indicated by any of the following, whichever first occurs: (a) Buyer’s making of an offer to purchase Product from SERTALINK; (b) Buyer’s written acknowledgment hereof; (c) Buyer’s acceptance of any shipment of any part of the items specified for delivery (the “Products”); or (d) any other act or expression of acceptance by Buyer. SERTALINK’s acceptance is expressly limited to these terms and conditions in their entirety without addition, modification or exception, and any term, condition or proposals hereafter submitted by Buyer (whether oral or in writing) which is inconsistent with or in addition to these terms and conditions is objected to and is hereby rejected by SERTALINK. SERTALINK’s silence or failure to respond to any such subsequent or different term, condition or proposal shall not be deemed to be SERTALINK’s acceptance or approval thereof.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, delivery shall be made in accordance with SERTALINK’s shipping policy in effect on the date of shipment.
Domestic: For all domestic transactions, unless otherwise stated on the front of the invoice, title to the Products and all risk of loss or damage with respect to the Products shall pass to Buyer upon delivery by SERTALINK to the carrier or Buyer’s representative at SERTALINK’s logistics center.
International: For all international transactions, the Product shall be sold FCA SERTALINK’s logistics center (Incoterms 2000). SERTALINK assumes no responsibility for charges related to customs clearance in the country of delivery, customs duties, VAT or any other charges or taxes within the country designated for delivery by the Buyer. Title shall pass to the Buyer upon delivery to the carrier or Buyer’s representative at SERTALINK’s logistics center.
Delivery is subject to the payment provisions set forth herein and to SERTALINK’s receipt of all necessary information and documentation from Buyer including all import certificates, exemption and/or resale certificates, licenses and other documents as may be required from Buyer for export of the Product. Buyer shall promptly notify SERTALINK, in no event later than five (5) business days after delivery, of any claimed shortages or rejection as to any delivery. Such notice shall be in writing and shall be reasonably detailed, stating the grounds for any such rejection. Failure to give any such notice within such time shall be deemed an acceptance in full of any such delivery. SERTALINK shall not be liable for any shipment delays beyond the reasonable control of SERTALINK which affect SERTALINK or any of SERTALINK’s suppliers, including, but not limited to, delays caused by unavailability or shortages of Products from SERTALINK’s suppliers; natural disasters, acts of war; acts or omissions of Buyer; fire, strike, riot, or governmental interference; unavailability or shortage of materials, labor, fuel or power through normal commercial channels at customary and reasonable rates; failure or destruction of plant or equipment arising from any cause whatsoever; or transport failures.
PRICE AND PAYMENT
Buyer shall bear all applicable federal, state, municipal and other government taxes (such as sales, use and similar taxes), as well as import or customs duties, license fees and any other similar charges, however designated or levied on the sale or delivery of the Products or measured by the purchase price paid for the Products. SERTALINK’s prices set forth on the front side of the invoice do not include such taxes, fees and charges. Exemption certificates must be presented to SERTALINK prior to shipment if they are to be honored.
Payment Terms: Unless otherwise specified, the payment terms are COD. SERTALINK, at its discretion, may require reasonable advance assurances of payment through irrevocable bank letters of credit or otherwise. All unpaid invoices shall bear interest at an amount equal to 10 % of the outstanding balance per year (or the maximum rate of interest allowed to be contracted for by law, whichever is less), commencing upon the date payment is due, as well as a flat-rate fee of 10% on the outstanding balance (with a minimum of EUR 40,00) as compensation for contractual damages without prejudice to other relevant recovery costs. Buyer’s failure to make timely payment may result in such action as commencement of proceedings for collection, revocation of credit, stoppage of shipment, delay or cessation of future deliveries, repossession of unpaid delivered goods and termination of any one or more sales agreements. Notwithstanding any “net” payment provisions specified on the invoice, SERTALINK shall have no continuing obligation to deliver Products on credit, and any credit approval may be withdrawn by SERTALINK at any time and without prior notice. SERTALINK retains (and Buyer grants to SERTALINK by submitting a purchase order) a security interest in the Products to secure payment in full and compliance with these terms and conditions of sale. Buyer agrees to execute any additional documents necessary to perfect such security interest.
Collections: In the event the sales invoice shall be placed by SERTALINK in the hands of an attorney or collection agency for the purpose of collection, with or without litigation, or for the purpose of enforcing SERTALINK’s security interest in the Products, the Buyer agrees to pay any and all costs associated with such placement, including, without limitation, attorney’s fees and costs incurred prior to, during, or subsequent to trial, and including, without limitation, collection, bankruptcy, or other creditor’s rights proceedings.
Currency: If a sale is to occur or the Product is to be shipped, Buyer acknowledges and agrees that the amount due SERTALINK is contracted in Euro’s and that payment in Euro’s is of the essence.
Any return of the Products purchased hereunder, whether for stock balancing purposes or because such Products are claimed to be defective, shall be governed by SERTALINK’s Product Return policies in effect on the date of the invoice, or as otherwise provided by SERTALINK to Buyer in writing. Although SERTALINK’s policies may permit Buyer to return Products claimed to be defective under certain circumstances, SERTALINK makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the Products. SERTALINK HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE PRODUCTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SERTALINK WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS, COST OR EXPENSE FOR BREACH OF WARRANTY. The right to return defective Products, as previously described, shall constitute SERTALINK’s sole liability and Buyer’s exclusive remedy in connection with any claim of any kind relating to the quality, condition or performance of any Product, whether such claim is based upon principles of contract, warranty, negligence or other tort, breach of any statutory duty, principles of indemnity or contribution, the failure of any limited or exclusive remedy to achieve its essential purpose, or otherwise. In the event SERTALINK issues a return authorization to Buyer allowing Buyer to return Product to SERTALINK, Buyer will deliver the Product to SERTALINK, as required by SERTALINK and to the address indicated by SERTALINK, and Buyer shall bear all applicable federal, state, municipal and other government taxes (such as sales, use and similar taxes) as well as import or customs duties, license fees and similar charges, however designated or levied, on any replacement Product to be shipped by SERTALINK to Buyer.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
SERTALINK SHALL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR ANY SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE AGREEMENT TO SELL PRODUCT TO BUYER OR THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF USE, LOST DATA OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OR SUMS PAID BY BUYER TO THIRD PARTIES, EVEN IF SERTALINK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY WHETHER ANY CLAIM IS BASED UPON PRINCIPLES OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORT, BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY DUTY, PRINCIPLES OF INDEMNITY OR CONTRIBUTION, THE FAILURE OF ANY LIMITED OR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY TO ACHIEVE ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, OR OTHERWISE.
These terms and conditions shall constitute the final, complete and exclusive agreement of the parties with respect to all sales by SERTALINK to Buyer and shall supersede all prior offers, negotiations, understandings and agreements. Unless Buyer and SERTALINK have executed a written agreement which specifically modifies, supersedes and/or replaces these terms and conditions, it is expressly agreed that no prior or contemporaneous agreement or understanding, whether written or oral, shall contradict, modify, supplement or explain these terms and conditions. No additional or different terms or conditions, whether material or immaterial, shall become a part of any sales agreement unless expressly accepted in writing by an authorized officer of SERTALINK. Any waiver by SERTALINK of one or more of these terms and conditions or any defaults hereunder shall not constitute a waiver of the remaining terms and conditions or of any future defaults. No failure or delay by either party in exercising or enforcing any right hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof or preclude any other exercise or enforcement of its rights. Any provision of these terms and conditions that is prohibited or unenforceable under the laws of Belgium shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability, without impairing or invalidating the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions. All sales agreements shall be deemed made in, and shall be governed by, the laws of Belgium. The venue for any disputes arising out of any sales agreement shall be, at SERTALINK’s sole and exclusive option, to the the court of “Rechtbank van Koophandel” in Dendermonde, Belgium.