These terms and conditions shall form an integral part of all offers and agreements for the sale of goods entered into by Böllinghaus Steel Lda. (hereinafter referred to as “Böllinghaus”). Any condition put forward by the Buyer in its order or otherwise will only have effect if accepted by Böllinghaus in writing.
2. Offer and acceptance
An offer from Böllinghaus is valid for a period of 14 days from the date of issue, unless otherwise expressly stated in the offer. Böllinghaus may revoke an offer at any time prior to receiving the Buyer’s acceptance.
Böllinghaus will confirm the agreement by an order confirmation and an agreement will only come into being upon issue of such confirmation.
The goods shall meet the specifications agreed. If no specifications are agreed, the goods shall meet the general specifications applied for the type of goods sold by Böllinghaus at the time of delivery.
Statements in product information, handbooks, web sites, price lists or other information regarding the goods will only be binding on Böllinghaus if expressly referred to in an offer or agreement.
In derogation of any provision of the Incoterms 2010, the agreed time of delivery means the date on which the goods are anticipated to be ready for dispatch from Böllinghaus. Time of delivery shall be considered approximate. Böllinghaus is entitled to divide and deliver the goods in different lots. If no delivery time is agreed, delivery shall be made according to Böllinghaus’s capacity planning.
Should the delivery be delayed to such an extent that it would be unreasonable to request the Buyer to take delivery of the goods, the Buyer will, without obtaining any remedies, be entitled to terminate the purchase of the goods delayed by giving written notice thereof to Böllinghaus. However, any delay equal to or under three months shall not be relevant for these purposes. Therefore, this right of termination shall not apply unless the delivery has been delayed by more than three months. If Böllinghaus has notified a specific new delivery date, notice of termination by the Buyer must be given within five days of such notification.
Delivery terms shall be interpreted according to Incoterms 2010, without prejudice to the first sentence of this Section. If no delivery term is expressly agreed, Ex Works (EXW) at the mill of Böllinghaus’ choice shall apply. If a delivery term is agreed that includes the transport of the goods to a specific location, Böllinghaus’ delivery obligation shall be considered to have been fulfilled, in derogation of any provision of the Incoterms to the contrary, at the agreed delivery time according to this section, without prejudice to Böllinghaus’ obligation to arrange for transport and bear the costs and formalities agreed upon.
In the event that the quantify of the goods is agreed on the basis of weight, such weight shall be considered to be approximate and the quantity to be supplied can be adjusted by Böllinghaus to deviate up to 10%(+/-) from the agreed weight of the total order for each type of product/steel grade and the price adjusted accordingly. The weight or quantity printed or otherwise stated on the goods supplied by Böllinghaus shall be deemed as correct, unless proven otherwise.
Böllinghaus shall not be liable for any direct or indirect damage or consequences attributable to a delayed delivery unless this delay results from intent or gross negligence.
5. Defective goods and shortages
The goods delivered shall be free from defects (faults). The goods shall only be regarded as defective if the goods do not meet the specifications agreed expressly for the particular delivery, or if the goods do not meet Böllinghaus’s general specifications at the time of delivery. Böllinghaus is not liable for any function, quality or property of the goods other than those expressly stated above and any terms implied whether by statue or otherwise relating to quality or fitness for purpose are hereby excluded. Goods sold as second choice or under similar description are sold “as is” which means that all rights to remedies and compensation for defects are waived.
In the event of any defects or shortages in the goods, the Buyer shall give notice to Böllinghaus in writing within one week of the goods arriving at their final destination, in accordance with the agreed delivery term between the parties. For defects that could not reasonably have been detected upon arrival of the goods at their final destination, the Buyer shall notify Böllinghaus within two weeks of the date when the Buyer has noticed the defect. However, notification made more than six months after the date on which the risk for the goods was transferred to the Buyer will not have any legal effect. If notification is made too late, Böllinghaus is not obliged to perform any remedy or pay any compensation.
In the event of any defects or shortages in the goods, and if the Buyer has notified Böllinghaus in due time, in accordance with the terms stated above, Böllinghaus shall at its own expense and within reasonable time at its own option either rectify the fault or deliver new and faultless goods or in the event of a shortage, deliver the missing quantities – at the agreed named place of destination.
Instead of correcting a defect or shortage Böllinghaus shall also always have the right to credit the Buyer for a decrease in the value of faulty goods or those in shortage. If the goods have been prepaid, Böllinghaus shall in such circumstances repay the credited amount. Repayment will be made without interest unless the repayment has been unreasonably withheld. Faulty goods shall be handed over back to Böllinghaus – at the agreed named place of destination before any replacement goods are delivered or crediting/repayment is made.
6. Change of circumstances
If the circumstances on the basis of which Böllinghaus has set the price of the sale of goods change significantly and abnormally due to event(s) not attributable to it, such as shortage, scarcity, increase of price of raw materials and other means of production, like energy price increases, disruption of the distribution chain or any other economic, geopolitical or natural event, Böllinghaus is entitled to increase the final price to the exact extent of these changes, provided that the delivery by Böllinghaus under the conditions agreed upon would represent an extraordinary and unfair economic sacrifice for Böllinghaus. Without prejudice to the above, Böllinghaus may set a variable price for the sale of goods through objective criteria and/or factors which, if not expressly stated in the contract, the buyer must be able to consult on the Böllinghaus website at the time of concluding the contract.
7. Force majeure
Neither party shall be liable for delay in performing or failure to perform its obligations if the delay or failure results from events or circumstances outside their reasonable control such as war, fire, labour disputes (including those initiated by a party of this agreement), trade disputes, refusals to grant licenses, with the exception for due payment. Such delay or failure shall not constitute a breach of this agreement and time for performance shall be extended by a period equivalent to that during which performance is so prevented. If such a delay or failure persists for more than three months, either party shall be entitled to terminate this agreement to the extent of goods not yet delivered to the Buyer. In the event of such a termination, neither party will be entitled to any compensation, but any prepayment for goods not delivered shall be refunded and goods in transit not delivered shall be reverted.
8. Retention of title
(i) Böllinghaus holds the title to the goods delivered until the Buyer has made full payment for the goods. (ii) Böllinghaus also holds title to the goods delivered until the Buyer has made full payment of all other monies due from the Buyer to Böllinghaus. (iii) Until title passes, Böllinghaus has the right to recover any goods in the Buyer’s possession or control to which it holds the title and Böllinghaus is hereby given the right to enter any land or building where the goods are stored to collect such goods. (iv) If the Buyer processes or integrates the unpaid goods a new project, Böllinghaus is granted title to the new object. Böllinghaus is granted title to the new object in the proportion of the value of the unpaid goods in the new object until such time when it has received full payment for the original goods. (v) If the Buyer sells any unpaid goods or new object integrating unpaid goods, the Buyer hereby assigns to Böllinghaus the part of its claim in the amount of the debt for the unpaid goods/new object sold. (vi) Each sub clause (i)-(v) above shall have affect as a separate clause and accordingly in the event of any of them being unenforceable for any reason the others shall remain in full force and effect.
Agreed prices do not include Value Added Tax or any other tax or duty unless expressly stated (including Incoterms). If no payment terms or penalty interest terms are agreed, (i) payment shall be made within 30 days from the date of invoice and (ii) penalty interest of 6% p.a. above the official Repo Rate of the European Central Bank or the penalty interest according to the law of the country of the Buyers domicile, whichever is the highest, shall be paid from the due day of the invoice.
10. Entire agreement
This agreement with its enclosures and appendices (e.g. order acknowledgement and specifications) agreed in writing contains the entire agreement between the parties. This agreement will therefore supersede all previous and contemporaneous negotiations, commitments and understandings between the parties, whether written or oral, with respect to the goods covered by this agreement.
11. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
This Agreement shall be governed and construed pursuant to the laws of Portugal.
The Parties shall submit any dispute or litigation arising from or related to this Agreement including the breach, termination or invalidity and indemnity thereof to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of law of Lisbon.
Alternatively, Böllinghaus shall in its sole discretion be entitled to choose to have recourse to competent courts in and Laws of the Buyer’s country for purposes of collecting matured debts of the Buyer.
12. General limitation of liability
With the exception of what is expressly provided for in these Conditions of Sale or otherwise agreed, Böllinghaus shall in no circumstances, including product liability, be held liable for any incidental, indirect or consequential loss or damage including, but not limited to, loss of profit, loss of production, discarded production or claims from the Buyer’s customer. This limitation, however, does not apply in the event of gross negligence or intent.
Böllinghaus has no liability for any claim whatsoever when notification is made more than six months after the date on which the risk for the goods was transferred to the Buyer.