The Customer’s attention is drawn in particular to the provisions of clause 9.
Business Day: a day (other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday) when banks in London are open for business.
Conditions: the terms and conditions set out in this document as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 2.1.
Contract: the contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the sale and purchase of the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.
Customer: the person or firm who purchases the Goods from the Supplier.
Force Majeure Event: an event or circumstance beyond a party’s reasonable control.
Goods: the goods (or any part of them) set out in the Order.
Order: the Customer’s order for the Goods, as set out in the Customer’s purchase order.
Supplier: Melitta UK Ltd. (registered in England and Wales with company number 01243964).
- a reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to such statute or provision as amended or re-enacted. A reference to a statute or statutory provision includes any subordinate legislation made under that statute or statutory provision, as amended or re-enacted.
- any phrase introduced by the terms including, include, in particular or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms.
- a reference to writing or written includes emails.
- Basis of contract
2.1. These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing. No amendment, alteration or attempt to override these Conditions shall be binding on the Supplier unless made in writing by a director of the Supplier. Except as set out in these Conditions, no variation of the Contract, including the introduction of any additional terms and conditions shall be effective unless it is agreed in writing and signed by the Supplier.
2.2. The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase the Goods in accordance with these Conditions. The Customer is responsible for ensuring that the terms of the Order are complete and accurate.
2.3. The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted when the Supplier issues a written acceptance of the Order, at which point the Contract shall come into existence.
2.4. The Customer waives any right it might otherwise have to rely on any term endorsed upon, delivered with or contained in any documents of the Customer that is inconsistent with these Conditions.
2 .5. A quotation for the Goods given by the Supplier shall not constitute an offer. A quotation shall only be valid for a period of 30 Business Days from its date of issue.
3.1. The Goods are described in the Supplier’s most recent price list.
3.2. The Supplier reserves the right to amend the specification of the Goods if required by any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
4.1. The Supplier shall ensure that:
- each delivery of the Goods is accompanied by a delivery note that shows the unique Order reference number, the type and quantity of the Goods (including the code number of the Goods, where applicable), special storage instructions (if any) and, if the Goods are being delivered by instalments, the outstanding balance of Goods remaining to be delivered; and
- if the Supplier requires the Customer to return any packaging materials to the Supplier, that fact is clearly stated on the delivery note. The Customer shall make any such packaging materials available for collection at such times as the Supplier shall reasonably request. Returns of packaging materials shall be at the Supplier’s expense.
4.2 The Supplier shall deliver the Goods to the location set out in the Order (which will be either the Customer’s premises or the Supplier’s premises where the Goods are appropriated to the Customer but kept at upon the Supplier’s premises at the request of the Customer) or such other location as the parties may agree (Delivery Location) at any time after the Supplier notifies the Customer that the Goods are ready. Delivery of the Goods will be by transport of the Supplier’s choice.
4.3. Delivery is completed on the completion of unloading of the Goods at the Delivery Location.
4.4. Any dates quoted for delivery are approximate only, and the time of delivery is not of the essence. The Supplier shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of the Goods in any circumstances including, but not limited to, that which is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Customer’s failure to provide the Supplier with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods.
4.5. If the Supplier fails to deliver the Goods, its liability shall be limited to the costs and expenses incurred by the Customer in obtaining replacement goods of similar description and quality in the cheapest market available, less the price of the Goods. The Supplier shall have no liability for any failure to deliver the Goods to the extent that such failure is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Customer’s failure to provide the Supplier with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods.
4.6. If the Customer fails to take delivery of the Goods within three Business Days of the Supplier notifying the Customer that the Goods are ready, then, except where such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Supplier’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Contract:
- delivery of the Goods shall be deemed to have been completed at 9.00 am on the third Business Day after the day on which the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready; and
- the Supplier shall store the Goods until delivery takes place, and charge the Customer for all related costs and expenses (including insurance).
4.7. If ten Business Days after the day on which the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready for delivery the Customer has not taken delivery of them, the Supplier may resell or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Goods and, after deducting reasonable storage and selling costs, account to the Customer for any excess over the price of the Goods or charge the Customer for any shortfall below the price of the Goods.
4.8. The Supplier may deliver the Goods by instalments, which shall be invoiced and paid for separately. Any delay in delivery or defect in an instalment shall not entitle the Customer to cancel any other instalment.
4.9. The Supplier reserves the right to charge for special delivery arrangements requested by the Customer. Claims for non-delivery must be notified to the Supplier in writing if the Goods are not received on the due delivery date and no reason has been given for the late delivery by the Supplier or the haulier commissioned by the Supplier to transport the Goods. Claims for damaged or part delivery must be notified to the Supplier in writing within 48 hours of receipt of the Goods and the relevant delivery documentation must be amended by the Customer to correctly record the actual quantities of Goods delivered. No liability is accepted by the Supplier for any claims not notified to the Supplier in accordance with these Conditions.
5.1. The Supplier warrants that on delivery, the Goods shall:
- conform in all material respects with their description; and
- be of satisfactory quality (within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979).
5.2. Subject to clause 5.3, if:
- the Customer gives notice in writing to the Supplier within a reasonable time of discovery that some or all of the Goods do not comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1;
- the Supplier is given a reasonable opportunity of examining such Goods; and
- the Customer (if asked to do so by the Supplier) returns such Goods to the Supplier’s place of business at the Supplier’s cost,
the Supplier shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective Goods, or refund the price of the defective Goods in full.
5.3. The Supplier shall not be liable for the Goods’ failure to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1 in any of the following events:
- defects in the Goods are caused by an act of neglect or default of the Customer or any third party;
- the Customer failing to notify the Supplier of any other defects in the Goods not falling within clause 5.3(a) within 30 days of delivery of the Goods and in the case of latent defect the Supplier shall not be liable unless such defect is notified by the Customer to the Supplier within 10 days of the Customer being aware of such defect;
- the Customer makes any further use of such Goods after giving notice in accordance with clause 5.2;
- the defect arises because the Customer failed to follow the Supplier’s oral or written instructions as to the storage, use and maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice regarding the same;
- the Customer alters such Goods without the written consent of the Supplier;
- the defect arises as a result of wilful damage, negligence, or abnormal storage or working conditions; or
- the Goods differ from their description as a result of changes made to ensure they comply with applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
5.4. Except as provided in this clause 5, the Supplier shall have no liability to the Customer in respect of the Goods’ failure to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1.
5.5. The terms implied by sections 13 to 15 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
5.6. These Conditions shall apply to any repaired or replacement Goods supplied by the Supplier.
- Title and risk
6.1. The risk in the Goods shall pass to the Customer on completion of delivery.
6.2. Title to the Goods shall not pass to the Customer until the earlier of:
- the Supplier receives payment in full (in cash or cleared funds) for the Goods and any other goods that the Supplier has supplied to the Customer in respect of which payment has become due, in which case title to the Goods shall pass at the time of payment of all such sums; and
- the Customer resells the Goods, in which case title to the Goods shall pass to the Customer at the time specified in clause 6.4.
6.3. Until title to the Goods has passed to the Customer, the Customer shall:
- store the Goods separately from all other goods held by the Customer so that they remain readily identifiable as the Supplier’s property;
- not remove, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;
- maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price from the date of delivery;
- notify the Supplier immediately if it becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.1; and
- give the Supplier such information relating to the Goods as the Supplier may require from time to time.
6.4. Subject to clause 6.5, the Customer may resell or use the Goods in the ordinary course of its business (but not otherwise) before the Supplier receives payment for the Goods. However, if the Customer resells the Goods before that time:
- it does so as principal and not as the Supplier’s agent; and
- title to the Goods shall pass from the Supplier to the Customer immediately before the time at which resale by the Customer occurs.
6.5. If before title to the Goods passes to the Customer, the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.1, then, without limiting any other right or remedy the Supplier may have:
- the Customer’s right to resell the Goods or use them in the ordinary course of its business ceases immediately; and
- the Supplier may at any time:
- require the Customer to deliver up all Goods in its possession that have not been resold, or irrevocably incorporated into another product; and
- if the Customer fails to do so promptly, enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Goods are stored in order to recover them.
6.6. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Conditions, at any time prior to full payment for the Goods (whether or not payment is then overdue) the Supplier may, without prejudice to any other rights it may have under these Conditions or otherwise, retake possession of the Goods or any part thereof and its employees and/or agents may enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Goods are stored in order to recover them.
- Price and payment
7.1. The price of the Goods shall be the price set out in the Order, or, if no price is quoted, the price set out in the Supplier’s published price list in force as at the date of delivery. Clerical errors are subject to correction by the Supplier. Subject to the provisions of clause 7.5, the Supplier must receive payment for the whole of the price of the Goods, and any applicable charges for delivery, before the Order can be processed unless the Supplier has agreed otherwise in advance in writing.
7.2. The Supplier may, by giving notice to the Customer at any time up to 30 Business Days before delivery, increase the price of the Goods to reflect any increase in the cost of the Goods that is due to:
- any factor beyond the Supplier’s control (including foreign exchange fluctuations, increases in taxes and duties, and increases in labour, materials and other manufacturing costs);
- any request by the Customer to change the delivery date(s), quantities or types of Goods ordered; or
- any delay caused by any instructions of the Customer or failure of the Customer to give the Supplier adequate or accurate information or instructions.
7.3. The price of the Goods excludes amounts in respect of value added tax (VAT), which the Customer shall additionally be liable to pay to the Supplier at the prevailing rate, subject to the receipt of a valid VAT invoice.
7.4. Where the Customer has been granted credit terms, the Supplier may invoice the Customer for the Goods on or at any time after the completion of delivery.
7.5. Where the Customer has been granted credit terms (the granting of which shall be at the absolute discretion of the Supplier), the Customer shall pay the invoice in full and in cleared funds by the end of the month following the month the invoice was dated. Payment shall be made to the bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier. Time for payment is of the essence. If the Customer either:
- fails to comply with its payment obligations; or
- exceed any credit limit which the Supplier has set for the Customer (whether the Customer is aware of it or not);
the Supplier may withhold despatch of any part of the Goods remaining to be despatched, suspend the Supplier’s performance of any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier or require the Customer to pay for Goods prior to their despatch. Such remedies are without prejudice to any other rights the Supplier may in law.
7.6. If any sum due from the Customer to the Supplier under the Contract or any other contract is not paid on or before the due date for payment, all sums owed to the Supplier shall become due and payable immediately and the Supplier reserves the right to claim full settlement of the entire balance of any and all outstanding invoices issued to the Customer regardless of any previously agreed credit terms.
7.7. If the Customer fails to make any payment due to the Supplier under the Contract by the due date for payment, then the Customer shall pay interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 3% per annum above Barclays Bank’s base rate from time to time. Such interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. The Customer shall pay the interest together with the overdue amount.
7.8. The Customer shall pay all amounts due under the Contract in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (except for any deduction or withholding required by law). The Supplier may at any time, without limiting any other rights or remedies it may have, set off any amount owing to it by the Customer against any amount payable by the Supplier to the Customer.
8.1. Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate this Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer if:
- if the Customer fails to pay any sum on the due date or in other manner whatsoever breaches this or any other contract with the Supplier;
- the Customer commits a material breach of any term of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 7 days of that party being notified in writing to do so;
- the Customer takes any step or action in connection with its entering administration, provisional liquidation or any composition or arrangement with its creditors (other than in relation to a solvent restructuring), being wound up (whether voluntarily or by order of the court, unless for the purpose of a solvent restructuring), having a receiver appointed to any of its assets or ceasing to carry on business or, if the step or action is taken in another jurisdiction, in connection with any analogous procedure in the relevant jurisdiction;
- the Customer suspends, threatens to suspend, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or a substantial part of its business; or
- the Customer’s financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in the Supplier’s opinion the Customer’s capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy.
8.2. Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may suspend provision of the Goods under the Contract or any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier if the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.1(a) to clause 8.1(e), or the Supplier reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of them, or if the Customer fails to pay any amount due under this Contract on the due date for payment.
8.3. Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer if the Customer fails to pay any amount due under the Contract on the due date for payment.
8.4. On termination of the Contract for any reason the Customer shall immediately pay to the Supplier all of the Supplier’s outstanding unpaid invoices and interest.
8.5. Termination of the Contract shall not affect any of the parties’ rights and remedies that have accrued as at termination, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of this Contract that existed at or before the date of termination.
8.6. Any provision of the Contract that expressly or by implication is intended to come into or continue in force on or after termination shall remain in full force and effect.
- Limitation of liability – The Customer’s attention is particularly drawn to this clause
- 9.1. Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the Supplier’s liability for:
- death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors (as applicable);
- fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
- breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979; or
- defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
- any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for the Supplier to exclude or restrict liability.
9.2. Subject to clause 9.1:
- the Supplier shall under no circumstances whatsoever be liable to the Customer, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the Contract; and
- the Supplier’s total liability to the Customer in respect of all other losses arising under or in connection with the Contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the price of the Goods.
- Force majeure Neither party shall be in breach of this Contract nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under this Contract if such delay or failure result from a Force Majeure Event. The Supplier shall have the right to cancel or delay deliveries or reduce the quantity of Goods delivered and shall under no circumstances be responsible for failure or delay in performing or fulfilling any contact or otherwise failing to implement its obligation to the Customer if such failure or delay shall be due to any cause or circumstances beyond the control or the Supplier.
11.1. Assignment and other dealings.
The Supplier may assign novate, or subcontract all or part of this Contract and the Customer shall be deemed to consent to any novation. This Contract is personal to the Customer and it may not be assigned by the Customer.
11.2. Entire agreement.
- This Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.
- Each party agrees that it shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this agreement. Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in this agreement.
11.3. Waiver. No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under these Conditions or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
11.4. Severance. If any provision or part-provision of these Conditions is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Conditions.
- Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with the Contract shall be in writing, addressed to that party at its registered office (if it is a company) or its principal place of business (in any other case) or such other address as that party may have specified to the other party in writing in accordance with this clause, and shall be delivered personally, sent by pre-paid first class post or other next working day delivery service, commercial courier, or fax or email.
- A notice or other communication shall be deemed to have been received: if delivered personally, when left at the address referred to in clause 11.5(a); if sent by pre-paid first class post or other next working day delivery service, at 9.00 am on the second Business Day after posting; if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier’s delivery receipt is signed; or, if sent by email, one Business Day after transmission
- The provisions of this clause shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.
11.6. Third party rights. No one other than a party to this Contract shall have any right to enforce any of its terms.
11.7. Governing law. The Contract, and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.
11.8. Jurisdiction. Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with this Contract or its subject matter or formation.