Trading Terms & Conditions
In these Conditions:
Buyer means the person who accepts a quotation of the Seller for the sale of the Goods or whose order for the Goods is accepted by the Seller; Conditions means the standard terms and conditions set out in this document and (unless the context otherwise requires) includes any special terms and conditions agreed in writing between the Buyer and the Seller; Contract means the contract for the purchase and sale of the Goods incorporating the Conditions; Goods mean the goods (including any instalment of the goods or any parts of them), which the Seller is to supply in accordance with these Conditions; Seller means TFC Group LLP or any of its subsidiaries with whom the Buyer enters into or proposes to enter into a Contract
2 Basis of the Sale
2.1 No variation of these Conditions is binding upon the Seller unless agreed in writing between the authorised representatives of the Buyer and the Seller.
2.2 In the event of any conflict between these Conditions and any conditions imposed by a Buyer’s offer these Conditions shall prevail.
2.3 Acceptance of delivery of goods by a Buyer shall be deemed to amount to acceptance of these Conditions as varied as aforesaid.
3 Quotation and Order Acceptance
3.1 A quotation by the Seller is not an offer to sell and may be withdrawn without notice. Any order given in reliance upon a quotation is not binding upon the Seller unless and until subsequently accepted in writing signed by the Seller.
3.2 The quantity, quality and description of the Goods shall be those set out in the Seller’s quotation (if accepted by the Buyer) or the Buyers order (if accepted by the Seller)
3.3 No order which has been accepted by the Seller may be cancelled by the Buyer except with the agreement in writing of the Seller and on terms that the Buyer shall indemnify the Seller in full against all loss (including loss of profit),damages, charges and expenses incurred by the Seller as a result of cancellation
3.4 Performance of a Contract by the Seller is subject to availability of goods at the time of the order.
3.5 The Seller will open a credit account for a prospective Buyer provided that the Buyer furnishes the Seller with one Banker’s and two trade references. Where a Buyer has no credit account, cash with order will avoid delay in despatch.
4 Price of the Goods
4.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing signed by the Seller the price of any goods ordered from the Seller will be the Seller’s standard price ruling at the date when the goods are dispatched by the Seller to the Buyer.
4.2 Any price quoted in a quotation may be subject to alteration at any time before the goods are dispatched by the Seller to the Buyer.
4.3 The price is exclusive of any applicable Value Added Tax, which the Buyer shall be additionally liable to pay to the Seller.
4.4 The Seller reserves the right to charge a Small Value Order charge on orders of less than £50 or such other small value order limit ruling from time to time and/or not to apply its normal trade discounts to any Small Value Order.
5 Carriage, Damage or Loss in Transit
5.1 The Seller normally makes no charge for delivery, but the Seller reserves the right to charge on deliveries outside its usual delivery area.
5.2 Where goods are specially ordered and a carriage charge incurred, the Seller reserves the right to pass on this charge.
5.3 The Seller does not accept any responsibility for mistakes, shortage or goods damaged in transit unless such is reported by separate notice in writing by the Buyer to the carrier and by the Buyer to the Seller in writing within three days of delivery. The Seller does not accept any responsibility for goods damaged in transit unless the goods have been signed for as “Not Examined”.
5.4 No claim for non-delivery of any goods in whole or in part is recognised by the Seller unless notice in writing of such non-delivery is received by the Seller within ten days of invoice date.
5.5 The Buyer agrees to indemnify the Seller from all losses resulting from their failure to comply with these Conditions.
6 Design and Specification
6.1 All goods will be manufactured to the Seller’s normal specification and tolerance unless otherwise specified by the Buyer and such variation accepted in writing signed by the Seller.
6.2 Any specification for the Goods shall be those set out in the Seller’s quotation (if accepted by the Buyer) or the Buyers order (if accepted by the Seller)
6.3 Items may differ slightly in detail from illustrations in brochures, catalogues etc., as the Seller is constantly making efforts to provide improved designs based on latest methods of manufacture.
6.4 All promotional matter, drawings, illustrations, designs, specifications, plans, booklets, catalogues and any other details written or printed matter whatsoever supplied by the Seller generally represent goods, materials or devices specified but not necessarily the goods, materials or devices which are subject of the Seller’s quotation. They shall not form any part of a Contract based thereon and are supplied only for the purpose of general guidance.
7 Conditions and Warranties
7.1 No Condition is made or to be implied nor is any warranty given or to be implied as to the life or wear of any goods supplied by the Seller to a Buyer or that they will be suitable for a particular purpose or for use under any specific conditions notwithstanding that such purpose or conditions may be known or made known to the Seller.
7.2 Except in respect of death or personal injury caused by the Seller’s negligence, the Seller shall not be liable to the Buyer by reason of any representation, or any implied warranty, condition or any other term, or any duty at common law, or under the express terms of the Contract, for any consequential loss or damage (whether for loss of profit or otherwise), costs, expenses, or other claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (and whether caused by the negligence of the Seller, its employees or agents or otherwise) which arise out of or in connection with the supply of the Goods or their use or resale by the Buyer, except as expressly provided in these Conditions.
7.3 The Seller shall not be liable to the Buyer in respect of any damage or loss whatsoever caused to the Buyer or to the property of the Buyer arising out of the provision or performance of any services provided or performed by the Seller for any advice given to the Buyer in relation to the goods sold, whether at the request of the Buyer or otherwise.
8 Defective Goods
8.1 Goods claimed by the Buyer to be defective shall be returned by the Buyer to the Seller at the Buyer’s expense within fourteen days of the Buyer’s discovery of such defect or within six months of the date of delivery of the goods in question whichever shall be the shorter period. If the Seller accepts that the goods in question were supplied by the Seller to the Buyer in a defective condition (or default of agreement in the event of a finding by a body having jurisdiction that such goods were supplied by the Seller to the Buyer in a defective condition) the Seller will if practicable replace the goods originally ordered or if in the opinion of the Seller rectification or replacement is not practicable the Seller will credit the value of the goods in question at the invoice price.
8.2 Where a contract is made for the supply of goods by the Seller to a Buyer with delivery to be made by instalment, the discovery of defects in goods comprised in an instalment shall not be ground for rescission of the contract by the Buyer.
8.3 The Seller’s liability with respect to any defects in goods supplied under a contract shall be limited to its obligations under this condition. The Seller shall not be liable for any claim for work done by a Buyer in respect of defective goods nor for any loss damage liability or expense whatsoever arising directly or indirectly howsoever arising and whether consequential or otherwise in respect of any such defective goods.
8.4 No goods may be returned by the Buyer without prior agreement from the Seller. Goods returned with the prior agreement of the Seller must be consigned to the dispatching location, carriage paid and accompanied by a packing note stating the Seller’s original charge invoice number. The Seller reserves the right to levy the Buyer with a stocking charge. Goods will be credited in full if returned to the dispatching location in good condition and carriage paid.
8.5 This provision does not and will not affect any statutory rights.
9 Delivery Commitments
9.1 Delivery commitments are entered into in good faith by the Seller but unless otherwise agreed in writing signed by the Seller time shall not be of the essence of the Contract and the Seller shall not be liable for failure to deliver on the specified date.
9.2 Refusal of the Buyer to accept the whole or any part of a delivery of goods at the time specified in the Contract shall permit the Seller to treat the Buyer’s refusal as a repudiation of the Contract and to release the Seller from an obligation to make further deliveries without prejudice however to the Seller’s rights to recover damages from the Buyer in respect of the Buyer’s breach of contract.
10 Force Majeure
The Seller shall not be liable to the Buyer in respect of any failure to perform its obligations under a Contract due to circumstances beyond its control. Such circumstances shall include but not be limited to weather conditions, fires, breakdown in the Seller’s plant or machinery, war, requisitions, embargo, insurrection, currency restrictions, shortage or breakdown of transport, restrictions on the use of power, lockout, strike, industrial disputes or acts of terrorism.
11 Cancellation of Orders
A cancellation of an Order by a Buyer is not permitted except by agreement in writing signed by the Seller. Any purported cancellation without the Seller’s consent shall amount to a repudiation of the contract by the Buyer for which the Seller shall have a right to recover damages for breach of contract.
12 Settlement Terms
12.1 Settlement terms are monthly account. Payment is due by the last day of the month following date of invoice, except where the Buyer is in default in the payment of any account then all sums owed to the Seller by the Buyer on any account whatsoever become immediately due and payable.
12.2 A settlement discount of 1% is allowed for payment made by the last day of the month following delivery, excluding VAT and such amounts as are marked “Strictly Nett”.
12.3 The Seller reserves the right to charge interest on overdue accounts at the rate of 2% above the prevailing minimum lending rate.
12.4 If any repayment is in arrears the Seller reserves the option to decline to make any further deliveries.
13 Ownership of Goods
13.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Seller the ownership of goods supplied by the Seller shall not pass from the Seller until payment for those particular goods has been made. Until the ownership of such goods has passed from the Seller to the Buyer will be responsible for safe keeping of the same.
13.2 Until the property in the Goods passes to the Buyer, the Seller shall be entitled at any time to require the Buyer to deliver up the Goods, and if the Buyer fails to do so forthwith, to enter upon the premises of the Buyer or any third party where the Goods are stored and repossess the Goods and to withhold delivery of any undelivered Goods and stop any Goods in transit.
14 Export Terms
14.1 Where the goods are supplied for export from the United Kingdom, the provisions of the Condition 14 shall (subject to any special terms agreed in writing between the Buyer and the Seller) apply notwithstanding any other provisions of these Conditions.
14.2 The Buyer shall be responsible for complying with any legislation or regulations governing the importation of the Goods into the country of destination and for the payment of any duties thereon.
14.3 Unless otherwise agreed in writing between the Buyer and the Seller, the Goods shall be delivered f.o.b at the air or sea port of shipment and the Seller shall be under no obligation to give notice under section 32(3) of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.
14.4 Payment of all amounts due to the Seller shall be made by irrevocable letter of credit, confirmed by a bank in the United Kingdom acceptable to the Seller, or if the Seller has agreed in writing to waive this requirement then by acceptance of a telegraphic transfer of funds.
15 Insolvency of Buyer
This Condition applies if: – the Buyer makes any voluntary arrangement with its creditors; becomes subject to an administration order; becomes bankrupt; is dissolved; goes into liquidation; a receiver is appointed; the Buyer ceases or threatens to cease to carry on business, then without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to cancel the Contract or suspend any further deliveries under the Contract without any liability to the Buyer and, if the Goods have been delivered but not paid for, the amount shall become immediately due and payable notwithstanding any previous agreement or arrangement to the contrary.
16.1 If any provision of these Conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of other provisions of these Conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected thereby
16.2 The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign or otherwise transfer the Contract or any of its rights or obligations thereunder without the prior consent in writing of the Seller
16.3 In the event of any conflict between the foregoing Conditions on the one hand and the conditions of business of the Buyer on the other hand, the foregoing Conditions shall prevail except to the extent that a director of the Seller therefrom has agreed any departure in writing. The foregoing terms shall come into force on acceptance by the Seller of an order from the Buyer and apply to all orders.
16.4 The Buyer will use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Seller’s confidential information is not copied or disclosed to any third party in any manner whatsoever except upon the prior written authority of the Seller.
16.5 The Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and the Buyer and the Seller hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts for the settlement of all disputes or claims which may arise out of or in conjunction with the Contract.