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Terms and Conditions of Sale
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE
1. Definition
In these Terms and Conditions of Sale the following works and expressions shall have meanings hereby
assigned to them except where otherwise stated:-
a. ‘Seller’ means TIMBMET GROUP LIMITED, or any wholly owned subsidiary limited Company thereof
(hereinafter referred to as the Seller).
b. ‘Buyer’ means the person, firm or company who places an order with and/or accepts an offer
of the Seller for the purchase and/or supply of any goods (hereinafter referred to as the Buyer).
c. ‘Goods’ means the products and/or services supplied and/or provided or to be supplied and/or to be
provided by the Seller.
d. ‘Special Condition’ means a term and/or condition either stipulated on the face hereof or stipulated
or agreed in writing by the Seller.
e. ‘Sales to Arrive’ means sales from stock, which have been paid for by the Seller which have not yet
been delivered to the Seller.
2. General
2.1. All sales are subject to the following terms and conditions of sale except in so far as Special Conditions
apply. Where Special Conditions do apply the terms and conditions herein shall also apply to the
extent that they are not inconsistent therewith. The liability of the Seller shall not be extended by any
oral agreement expressed or implied between the Buyer and the Seller, their servants or agents. Any
additional or amending terms or conditions shall be ineffective unless the Seller expressly asserts to
the same in writing and endorses the same on the face hereof.
2.2. All drawings, illustrations, performance data, specifications and any other “details” whatsoever
in the catalogues, sales and/or promotional literature or in any other document of the Seller are
included as a guide only, and whilst such details are printed in good faith they should not be relied
upon by the Buyer and shall not bind the Seller unless brought to the attention of the Seller in writing
at least 14 days prior to such reliance. At the absolute discretion of the Seller, the Seller reserves
the right to change such details without prior notice. The Buyer shall accept that any details in the
catalogues, trade literature of the Seller and samples supplied by the Seller indicate type, class and
general character only, without warranty or guarantee as to the substance, performance, colour,
size, thickness or shape or any other characteristic whatsoever and any statutory provision to the
contrary is excluded.
2.3. If the Buyer does or suffers to be done anything, which might prejudice his ability to pay the full
price, he shall be deemed to have repudiated this contract and the Seller may without prejudice
to any other rights accept such repudiation without notice as termination thereof. The Buyer shall
take delivery or collect the goods by the date(s) and/or lead time(s) stated in the Sellers offer. In the
event the Buyer fails to do so, the Seller shall be entitled to treat such failure as a repudiation of the
contract and may without prejudice to any other rights accept such repudiation without notice as
termination thereof.
2.4. The Seller may terminate the contract immediately if the Buyer has insolvency or Bankruptcy
proceedings instituted against it, has a receiver, manager, administrator appointed over any of its
assets or suffers a similar occurrence in any jurisdiction.
2.5. Timbmet reserve the right to review/change credit limits offered to our customers at any time,
without notification.
2.6. Where the Buyer cancels an order for goods and/or products imported from abroad less than 90 days
before the date of delivery for the goods, the Buyer shall pay an amount equal to 100% of the total
value of the goods. Where the Buyer cancels an order for goods and/or products manufactured and/
or obtained from within the United Kingdom less than 60 days before the date of delivery for the
goods, the Buyer shall pay an amount equal to 35% of the total value of the goods. These amounts
represent a reasonable pre estimate of the damages incurred by the Seller in such circumstances.
2.7. The Seller reserves the right to sub contract or assign any part of its rights or obligations arising
under this contract without obtaining the Buyers consent. The Buyer shall not assign its rights herein
without the prior written consent of the Seller, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld.
2.8. For the purpose of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 nothing on this Contract confer
any right to enforce any of its terms on any person who is not a party to it.
2.9. Failure or neglect by the Seller to enforce at any time any of these terms and conditions of sale shall
not be a waiver to the Seller’s rights and it shall not affect the validity of the whole or any part of
these terms and conditions or prejudice the Seller’s right to take subsequent action.
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2.10. The Buyer and Seller shall keep the details of this agreement and any information provided in relation
to it or which either party learn about the other in strict confidence and will not disclose the same to
any third party without the prior written consent of the other party.
3. Risk Reservation of Title and Copyright
3.1. The property and legal title in the goods shall not pass to the Buyer until all sums due on the Sellers
account have been paid. If, notwithstanding that the property in the goods has not passed to the
Buyer, the Buyer shall sell the goods in such manner as to pass to a third party a valid title to the
goods, the Buyer shall be treated as a fiduciary and shall hold the proceeds if such sale on trust for
the Seller, in a separate bank account, without prejudice to any other claims the Seller may have
against the Buyer for breach of contract or otherwise.
3.2. Nothing herein shall constitute the Buyer as the Agent of the Seller for the purpose of any sub-sale.
Until good title in the goods passes to the Buyer, the Buyer will hold the goods in a fiduciary capacity
on behalf of the Seller.
3.3. The Buyer agrees that prior to the payment of the whole price of the goods the Seller shall at any
time be entitled to enter any premises of which the Buyer is in occupation or to which the Buyer has
access and where any such goods may be, and remove the goods there from. Prior to such payment
the Buyer shall store the goods so that they may be readily identified as the property of the Seller
and during such time the Buyer shall ensure that the goods are kept and maintained in the condition
in which they were delivered or collected and if not so kept and maintained any costs incurred by the
Seller as a result will be recoverable from the Buyer.
3.4. Notwithstanding that property and legal title in the goods shall not pass to the Buyer save as provided
above, the goods or after the expiration of the rent-free period referred in sub-clause 4.1 herein
whichever is the earlier, if not collected by the Buyer.
3.5. All designs, drawings and other technical information relating to the goods and the copyright and
intellectual property rights therein made or acquired solely by the Seller shall be and shall remain
the Seller’s property.
4 Collection and Delivery
4.1. The Buyer or the Agent of the Buyer shall allow and/or accept delivery of all goods, on the date(s)
and/or lead time(s) stated in the Sellers offer. Goods not allowed and/or not accepted by the Buyer
by the date(s) and/or lead time(s) stated in the Sellers offer will be stored by the Seller, and the Buyer
shall pay rent for such storage at the rate charged by Public Dock Authorities in the area (if such rate
obtains) or a notional equivalent. During such period of storage the goods will be at the sole risk
of the Buyer and any cost incurred by the Seller caused by any act or default of the Buyer including
delay in allowing and/or accepting delivery by the Buyer shall be charged to the Buyer.
4.2. Upon delivery by the Seller the Buyer shall promptly unload goods when tendered at the delivery
points notified by the Buyer. The Buyer shall make adequate access and road hardstanding from
the public highway available to enable delivery and offloading of the goods to be carried out in
a safe and economic manner. The Seller reserves the right to make an additional charge as the
Seller considers fit, for any additional loading, delivery, or off-loading or in the event of any special
arrangement or additional facilities of whatsoever nature being so required.
4.3. The Seller shall not be liable for any damage or deterioration of goods sold on delivered terms after
the goods have ceased to reset on the conveyance on which they were delivered.
4.4. Notwithstanding and without diminution of the provisions of clause 3 herein, goods not sold on
delivered terms are the responsibility of the Buyer from the time they are dispatched from the
premises of the Seller by carrier or any other manner of conveyance for delivery to the Buyer. It
is the sole responsibility of the Buyer to insure the goods against risk of damage, loss or any other
occurrence whatsoever during transit.
4.5. All goods delivered or collected by the Buyer shall be stored on site and/or at the premises of the
Buyer in a manner, which is suitable for the goods, and such storage is at the sole risk of the Buyer.
4.6. In the event of any goods being delivered in a damaged condition or if there is any shortage of
delivery, the Buyer shall endorse the delivery documents accordingly and identify the precise
damage and/or shortage of delivery. If the Buyer fails to endorse the delivery documents in the
manner stated above, all goods identified on the Delivery documents shall be deemed to have been
delivered and those items shall be deemed to be in an acceptable condition.
4.7. If any goods have been delivered in a damaged condition or there is any shortage of delivery, then
the Buyer must endorse the delivery documents as stated in sub-clause 4.6 and in addition also
confirm in writing such damage and/or shortage to the carriers and the Seller within three days of
receipt of the goods.
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4.8. All notices required to be given by the Buyer under these Terms and Conditions of Sale shall be in
writing and must be sent recorded delivery or registered post to the head office of the Seller.
4.9. If any goods require to be returned to the Seller, for any reason whatsoever, the Buyer accepts
full responsibility for the safe storage and protection of these goods at site, and the provision of
adequate labour and lifting/loading facilities will mean that the Buyer will be liable for all damage
caused and/or all costs incurred by the Seller arising therefrom.
5 Claims
5.1. Notice of any claim arising out of or in connection with this contract must be given in writing within
7 working days from the date when the defect occurred and/or became discoverable whichever is the
sooner, failing which all claims shall be deemed to be waived and absolutely barred. In any event the
Seller shall be under no liability for shortage of delivered goods or damage unless within 3 days of
delivery the Buyer gives written notice of such claim in accordance with sub-clause 4.7 above.
5.2. Subject to the above notices being served on time the Seller will consider claims as to quality or fault
in manufacture provided that:-
5.2.1 The Buyer gives to the Seller positive identification that the goods were in fact supplied by the
Seller to the Buyer and identifying packing materials are produced and
5.2.2 The goods are paid for in full on the date agreed for payment between the Buyer and the Seller.
But Seller’s action in so doing shall not imply any additional responsibility or extension of any
liability beyond that set out in these Terms and Conditions.
6 Limitation of Liability
6.1. It is agreed between the Buyer and the Seller that if any part of any Clause contained within
these Terms and Conditions of Sale is found to be unenforceable or unreasonable for any reason
whatsoever, then the rest of that Clause and those Clauses not affected by the unenforceable or
unreasonable part of the said Clause shall remain effective and binding upon the parties.
6.2. Goods are not tested or stated to be fit for any particular purpose unless expressly stated as a Special
Condition and any term warranty or condition expressed, implied, or statutory to the contrary is
excluded. The Buyer shall not rely on the skill of judgement of the Seller as regards suitability of
the goods.
6.3. In no circumstances whatsoever shall the liability of the Seller (in contract, tort or otherwise) to the
Buyer arising out of or in connection with this contract or the goods supplied hereunder exceed the
invoice price of the particular individual item(s) concerned, such sum if necessary to be calculated
on a pro-rata basis, provided that the Seller may at his option replace any defect item(s), (subject
to sub-clause 4.9 above) without liability for consequential losses, damages, loss of expense of any
kind whatsoever. The foregoing restriction of liability shall not apply to liability for death or personal
injury resulting from negligence.
6.4. Goods supplied are sold on the basis that they conform to the written terms and description as
shown on the quotations and offers supplied by the Seller.
6.5. The Seller shall save, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Buyer from the Seller’s (or its
subcontractors or affiliates or their respective offers and employees) own consequential losses
and the Buyer shall save, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Seller from the Buyer’s (or its
subcontractors or affiliates or their respective offers and employees) own consequential losses.
6.6. For the purpose of this clause, the expression ‘consequential losses’ shall mean indirect losses and/
or loss of production, loss of profit or anticipated profit, loss of use and/or loss of revenue.
6.7. All terms (expressed or implied) relating to the quality of goods are warranties only, the breach of
which gives no right to reject the goods or repudiate the contract in any circumstances whatsoever.
6.8. All doors, sheet materials, plywood, manufactured or planed items or any other items of woodwork
supplied by the Seller shall be stored by the Buyer in a manner considered suitable by the Seller.
Any claims from the buyer resulting from storage considered by the Seller to be unsuitable shall be
waived and absolutely barred.
7 Sale ‘To Arrive’
7.1. Any goods sold on a ‘to arrive’ basis, are sold subject to the safe arrival of such goods in the United
Kingdom. The Seller shall not be liable for non-shipment, non-delivery, damage or delay arising
from circumstances beyond its control. Should shipment be delayed beyond the time(s) and/or lead
time(s) stated in the Seller’s offer due to circumstances beyond the Sellers direct control, provided
the Buyer gives the Seller due notice in writing in time to enable the Seller to notify its shippers or
suppliers by facsimile or e-mail, before the goods are dispatched from the place of supply, to stop
the delivery, and provided there are no costs arising from such cancellation, the Buyer shall have
the right to cancel such part of the contract as does not comply with the stipulated shipment dates.
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Should cancellation instructions from the Buyer pursuant to this sub-clause be received by the Seller
after the goods have left the place of supply the Buyer shall accept delivery of the goods as if delivery
had been effected in accordance with the contract, and the Seller shall notify the Buyer to this effect
within five working days from the receipt of such purported cancellation instructions. Cut sizes and
cut sizes sold in sets, which have been manufactured before receipt, by the place of supply, of written
cancellation instructions, must be accepted and paid for by the Buyer providing the specification is
supplied promptly and the goods are available for despatch from the Seller’s supplier within 21 days
thereafter.
7.2. Any variation in the total of war risk insurance rate or of any charge, tax, levy, duty on import on
the goods shall be for the account of the Buyer. Instructions for delivery shall be given by the Buyer
to the Seller in time to enable such instructions to be carried out upon arrival of the goods. In the
absence of such instructions or if instructed by the Buyer to use rail, road transport or sea vessels
(at the Buyers cost) and the Buyer fails to provide same when goods are available, the Seller will
be entitled to take such steps as he may in his absolute discretion consider to be necessary to clear
the goods and shall be entitled to recover from the Buyer all expenses and additional costs arising
therefrom.
7.3. If any contract(s) made by the Seller to procure the goods provides for variation of price(s) or for the
cancellation of such contract(s) in the event of alteration in rate(s) of exchange, and if by virtue of such
provision either the price of any goods to be paid by the Seller, or the Sterling equivalent thereof, is
varied, or the contract(s) is/are cancelled then the price(s) of such goods under this contract shall be
varied by the same amount, and/or the Seller at his option shall have the right to cancel this contract
by notifying the Buyer in respect of any goods not delivered to the Buyer at that date.
7.4. Any variation in cost to the Seller of effective delivery of the goods to the Buyer or in charges directly
or indirectly affect the goods which occurs after the date of the contract and prior to delivery of the
goods to the Buyer shall be for the account of the Buyer, save that if any contract made by the Seller
to procure the goods provides for cancellation of such contract in the event of a refusal by the Seller
to agree to any variation of the rate of freight and if, by virtue of any such provision, such contract
is cancelled then the Seller shall have the option of cancelling this contract by notifying the Buyer in
respect of any goods not delivered to the Buyer after that date.
8 Manufactured or Machined Items
8.1. In respect of items here the contract includes saw milling, planing, moulding, machining and/or
manufacture of any kind (hereinafter referred to as machining or manufacturing), the following
shall apply:-
8.1.1. The Seller retains the right to substitute materials in its opinion of comparable quality in the event
that any specified material is not readily obtainable.
8.1.2. The Seller will insofar as he is able on request manufacture to drawings, designs, bills of quantities,
specifications etc of the Buyer, but the Seller will not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or
for faulty design therein. The Buyer will indemnify the Seller against any claims for damages and
costs and against all liability in respect of any infringement or alleged infringement of patent rights
or registered designs resulting from compliance by the Seller with the instructions of the Buyer
expressed or implied.
8.1.3. It is the responsibility of the Buyer to check drawings, bills of quantities, specifications etc and any
variations therein, with regard to tolerances. The tolerances of manufactured goods are the sole
responsibility of the Buyer.
8.1.4. It is the responsibility of the Buyer to check all sizes and quantities and any variations therein. All
details supplied by the Seller to the Buyer prior to manufacturing or machining shall be deemed to
be approved and accepted unless commented upon by the Buyer and notified to the Seller within
10 working days of receipt of the said details by the Buyer.
8.2. Where the Buyer supplies material, which is to be processed in any way by the Seller, all goods are
accepted for processing entirely at the Buyer’s risk. It is agreed that the Seller may arrange for such
processing to be performed by a third party. No warranty whatsoever is given or implied except that
the processors will exercise reasonable skill and care in the processing of the goods. The processors,
their servants or agents will not be liable for any loss, deterioration or damage arising from any cause
whatsoever other than their own negligence and then subject to the claim being notified to the Seller
in writing within 7 days of the delivery to or collection of the goods by the Buyers and subject to clause
‘6’ above.
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9 Delay for Non-Performance
9.1. Any lead time(s) or date(s) for delivery included in the Seller’s offer are estimates/target time(s)
and/or date(s) only, and shall not be of the essence of the contract in any respect. Delay arising
from circumstances outside the control of the Seller shall not render the Seller liable to any claim
for damages either direct or indirect from whatsoever cause arising nor shall it entitle the Buyer to
cancel the contract.
9.2. The Seller shall not be held responsible for non-performance of the contract due to shortage of
plant, equipment, transport, labour and/or materials, acts of God or nature, trade disputes, strikes,
lockouts, fires, riots and/or civil commotion, war, government action, judicial action, or any other
cause whatsoever outside the control of the Seller.
10 Price and Payment
10.1. The payment terms are strictly net cash within one month of the end of the month in which delivery
occurred. Unless agreed otherwise by the parties in writing, the Seller reserves the right to charge
interest on any amount unpaid by the date above at not less than 8% over the ruling base rate of
the bank of England which is current at the date the payment by the Buyer became overdue, until
the date of payment and such interest shall become a debt due. The Parties hereby agree that this
provision does not represent a penalty in that it replicates the remedy within the Late Payment of
Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
10.2. The Buyer shall not be entitled to withhold payment of any amount due under this agreement by
reason of any dispute or claim hereunder, nor shall the Buyer be entitled to set off under this contract,
against any payment due to the Seller, any sum which is not agreed and accepted by the Seller
10.3. If the Buyer shall fail to make due payment of all monies due by the Buyer to the Seller on whatever
account then until such monies have been paid the Seller shall be entitled to withhold delivery of the
goods or any part thereof including subsequent deliveries and during such time the goods shall be
deemed to be not available for collection.
10.4. Unless expressly stated otherwise, prices quoted are exclusive of Value Added Tax and the amount of
any customs or importation duties applicable to the goods as levied by the customs or tax officials in
the country of destination, such amounts will be added where appropriate at the applicable rates.
11 Countermands and Returns
11.1. The Seller reserves the right to not accept the return of goods, and to make a handling charge on
goods returned.
11.2. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties in writing, any goods returned must be consigned carriage
paid by the Buyer.
11.3. Any pallets, crates, cases, drums, sacks or other packaging where utilized will be charged to the
Buyer on delivery or collection and will be credited in full when received back at point of origin in
good condition within a reasonable period thereafter.
12 Law
12.1. The sale, including these Terms and Conditions, shall be governed and construed in accordance with
the law of England.
12.2. The parties hereby expressly agree that any dispute or difference arising under this agreement
shall, in the first instance, be referred to adjudication in accordance with and using the rules and
procedures for adjudication set out in the Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales)
Regulations 1998 (as set out in Statutory Instrument 1998 No.649)
12.3. The decision of the Adjudicator in sub-clause 12.2 shall be binding on the parties, and they shall
comply with it until the dispute is finally determined by legal proceedings, or by arbitration in
accordance with the Arbitration Act 1996 or any statutory re-enactment thereof, or by agreement
between the parties.
12.4. The method of dispute resolution as set out aforesaid in sub-clause 12.3 is to be mutually agreed
between the parties, failing which any such dispute or difference shall be determined by legal
proceedings, such proceedings shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
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