1. General Provisions
(1) The following Terms and Conditions of Business shall apply to all purchase contracts and works supply contracts between Bita Trading GmbH (the Seller) and any entrepreneur under §14 BGB - German Civil Code (the Customer). They shall likewise apply to all future business transactions with the Customer.
(2) These Terms and Conditions apply to the sale of lubricants etc., referred to below as "the Goods”.
(3) These Terms and Conditions apply exclusively. Divergent conditions drawn up by the Customer or conditions which deviate from these Terms and Conditions of Business are not acknowledged by the Seller, even if the contract is performed without reservation.
(1) Offers made by the seller are without obligation. Similarly, technical descriptions and other specifications contained in offers, prospectuses and other information are not binding unless agreed otherwise. These specifications and those given in public statements by the Seller, by the manufacturer and his assistants/associates (§434 I 3 BGB) do not become part of the contractual specification unless specific reference is made to them in the contract.
(2) The Seller does not enter into a contractual obligation until he sends the written order confirmation or delivers the Goods.
(3) The Seller has not verified the data and criteria of the Customer on which his offer and order confirmation are based for their accuracy unless he has given specific written confirmation of that fact in writing.
(4) If the Customer does not explicitly request a particular version of the Goods in his order or prohibits any alterations to the specifications he has provided, the Seller is authorised to deliver a version which has undergone technical modification as part of the ongoing process of technical development insofar as this is acceptable for the customer with reasonable regard to the justified interests of both parties.
(1) Unless otherwise agreed, prices are quoted from the place of delivery (ex works) including standard packaging, but excluding insurance and other necessary and usual ancillary costs. Sales tax will be charged for domestic deliveries at the rate prescribed by law.
(2) Unless otherwise agreed, the invoiced sums fall due for payment upon receipt of the invoice, without any form of deduction.
(3) Payments are to be made in cash in the invoiced currency or by transfer, free of all charges, to the Seller’s paying agent. Cheques or bills are accepted solely on account of performance; the Customer shall bear discounting costs and collection charges. If a cheque or bill is not honoured, the claims to which it refers fall due for immediate settlement.
(4) Insofar as no earlier timing is prescribed by law, the Customer shall be deemed late in performance when the first reminder has been issued. Unless the Seller has suffered higher damage, the Customer shall pay a sum of €5.00 to the Seller for each further reminder. The Customer is entitled to prove lower damage or the absence of any such damage.
(5) Offsetting or retention of payments is only permitted to the extent of counterclaims acknowledged by the Seller and confirmed in writing, legally established claims or in the event of insolvency of the Seller.
(1) The date/period stated on the order confirmation shall be the sole delivery date/period.
(2) Unless otherwise agreed, the Seller has done everything required on his part for performance of the contract if he has made the contractual goods available for timely despatch, or notified their readiness for collection if they are to be collected by the Customer.
(3) In the absence of any special agreement, the risk of possible loss or damage shall pass to the Customer at the time when he is informed that he may collect the goods from the Seller. If it has been agreed that the goods are to be despatched to a place other than the place of performance, the risk shall be transferred at the time when the Seller has delivered the goods to the person or establishment designated for performance of despatch. If despatch is delayed for reasons for which the Customer is responsible, the risk shall be transferred to him when the Goods are ready for despatch.
(4) Unless otherwise agreed, the Seller is not obliged to insure the Goods, to procure certificates or documents not expressly agreed upon, to obtain required licences, permits, approvals or other formalities or to procure customs clearance, to bear levies, dues, taxes, duties and other charges, or to comply with weight and measuring systems, packaging, labelling and marking requirements applicable outside the Federal Republic of Germany.
(5) If the Seller himself does not receive deliveries despite having placed appropriate orders with reliable suppliers, he will be released from his obligation to perform and may withdraw from the contract.
(6) If, after signing of the contract, it emerges that the Customer cannot provide an adequate guarantee of solvency and that the Seller’s entitlement to payment is at risk, in particular if the Customer fails to satisfy claims of the Seller which have fallen due, the Seller is entitled to decline to effect delivery until the Customer has made the outstanding payments or put up collateral for them. If payment or provision of collateral is not made within 12 working days of a request to do so, the seller is entitled to withdraw from the contract.
(1) In the case of late delivery for which the Seller is responsible, a period of grace of three weeks (domestic) and six weeks (foreign) is regarded as appropriate. This period begins when the Seller has received the Customer’s prompt note letter. If the Seller fails to effect delivery within the period of grace, the Customer is entitled to seek compensation in lieu of performance or to withdraw from the agreement. However the Seller’s liability save in the event of gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of senior personnel of the Seller is confined to predictable damage, typical of the contract, suffered by the Customer. In particular, the Seller is not liable for contractual penalties payable by the Customer to his own contracting partner or for the consequences of guarantee commitments made by the Customer.
(2) If despatch or collection is delayed for reasons for which the Customer is responsible the Customer shall make a flat-rate contribution to the storage costs, without the need for effective costs to be proved, amounting to 1% of the invoiced sum per month or part thereof. The other statutory claims of the Seller remain unaffected thereby.
(1) The delivery lead-time shall be extended by an appropriate period if industrial conflicts, in particular strike and lockout or other unpredictable circumstances beyond the control of the parties affect delivery of the Goods. This concerns in particular acts of God, war, riot, fire, explosion, accident, flood, sabotage, compliance with requirements imposed by the State, laws, regulations, orders, measures or court injunctions. This shall likewise apply in cases where such circumstances occur with suppliers and sub-contractors of the Seller. The Seller is not liable for such circumstances, even if they occur at a time when he is already late in performance. In such cases performance of the contract will be suspended.
(2) If performance of the contract or part thereof is suspended on the basis of the provisions of Section 6 (1) for more than 180 successive calendar days, either party may withdraw from that part of the contract which has not yet been performed by giving written notice to the other party.
The Seller is liable as follows for the delivered Goods, to the exclusion of any further claims:
(1) In the case of material defects which do not, or do not significantly, impair the value and suitability of the Goods for the use distinguishable to the Seller, the Customer cannot derive any further rights.
(2) If, upon transfer of risks, the Goods show a material defect the Seller is entitled and obliged to effect subsequent performance. Subsequent performance shall be effected at the Seller’s choice by repair (including repeated repair) or replacement delivery. The Seller is also entitled to effect replacement delivery instead of repairs which have already begun, at his own discretion. Replaced parts must be returned to the Seller carriage paid. The costs of exchange work shall be charged to the Customer.
(3) If subsequent performance fails ultimately, is not effected within an appropriate period set by the Customer or is declined, the Customer is entitled, at his own choice, to withdraw from the contract, to reduce the purchase price (reduction) in an amount equivalent to the loss of value caused by the defect or within the limits of the following paragraphs to seek compensation in lieu of performance. The Customer is not entitled to repair the defect himself and claim compensation for the cost incurred as a result.
(4) If a material defect causes damage, the Seller is liable according to the statutory provisions in the case of personal injury, if the damage falls within the terms of the Product Liability Act or if it has been caused by wilful misconduct or gross negligence.
(5) In all other cases, the Seller shall be liable only insofar as the damage was caused by the negligent breach of a substantial contractual obligation or a “cardinal duty”. Liability is confined to damage which is typical of the contract.
(6) Further contractual claims and claims in tort on the part of the Customer are excluded. In particular, the Seller is not liable for damage which has not occurred to the delivered object itself and for loss of profit or other damage to assets of the Customer.
(7) In the case of third party products, liability is confined to assignment of the claims which accrue to the Seller against the supplier of the third party products.
(1) The provisions of Sect. 7 (4) to (7) likewise apply to claims for compensation due to other breaches of obligations.
(2) In the event of any breach of a pre-contractual obligation or an impediment to performance which already existed when the contract was concluded (§§ 311 II, 311a BGB), the obligation of the Seller to provide compensation shall be confined to the negative interest.
(3) The Seller’s liability in tort shall correspondingly be governed by the provisions of No. Sect. 7 (4) to (7).
(4) Other than in the event of wilful misconduct or gross negligence, the Seller shall not be liable for the absence of protected rights of third parties.
(1) Title to the goods delivered by the Seller is only transferred to the Customer upon full payment by him (in the case of cheques and bills, after they have been honoured) of all claims, including ancillary claims, damages and future claims arising from the business relationship with the Customer.
(2) The Customer is required to call the attention of all third parties who make claims to the delivered Goods to this retention of title and to inform the Seller accordingly. In the event of attachment, a copy of the attachment report must be forwarded. The Customer shall not dispose of the Goods covered by the retention of title and in particular shall not pledge or make them available as collateral.
(3) In the event of late payment, deterioration of the asset situation and/or an application for insolvency proceedings to be opened against the Customer, the Seller is entitled to collect the Goods covered by the retention of title. At that time the authority of the Customer to process and sell the goods shall end. In such a case, the Customer thereby already grants the Seller access to the Goods covered by the retention of title.
(4) If the Customer disposes of the Goods covered by the retention of title, he hereby assigns to the Seller purchase price claims, payment claims for works performed or other claims in respect of the Goods. This assignment must be disclosed on request. The Seller hereby accepts the assignment.
(5) Enforcement of retention of title is not considered as withdrawal from the contract.
(6) As long as the goods remain the property of the Seller, processing or transformation shall always take place on behalf of the Seller but without any obligation being imposed upon him. If the (co-)ownership of the Seller lapses because of a binding obligation, it is hereby agreed that the (co-)ownership of the Customer in the complete object shall pass to the Seller on a pro rata value basis (invoiced value). The Customer shall safeguard the (co-) ownership of the Seller without remuneration.
(7) If the value of the existing collateral exceeds the secured claims by a total of more than 20% or by the percentage permitted under the relevant jurisdiction, the Seller shall, at the request of the Customer, release collateral at the Seller’s choice in respect of the excess value.
(8) If particular formalities must be fulfilled for the agreement of the retention of title under the laws of the Customer’s country, the Customer must cooperate. If retention of title is not possible under the laws of the Customer’s country the security which approximates as closely as possible to the retention of title under German law shall be deemed to have been agreed.
(1) Claims of the Seller in respect of material defects shall be time-barred - save in the case of wilful misconduct or § 438 I 2 BGB 12 monthsafter delivery of the Goods, subject to § 479 BGB.
(2) Claims for compensation shall be time-barred within the statutory period in cases of personal injury or where the damage falls within the scope of the Product Liability Act or has been caused by wilful misconduct or gross negligence.
(3) All other claims against the Seller are time-barred no later than six months after notification or after a claim could have been notified without gross negligence.
(1) The fact that individual provisions may be invalid does not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these General Terms and Conditions.
(2) Save where otherwise stipulated in these Terms and Conditions of Business, the concepts and definitions of the latest version of INCOTERMS shall apply.
(3) The Seller points out that all business data are stored within the framework of normal administrative procedures with the aid of an EDP system.
(1) Berlin-Schoeneberg is the place of jurisdiction. This likewise applies to any proceedings relating to documents, bills and cheques. However, the Seller is entitled to take proceedings against the customer in any other court which holds jurisdiction over the particular dispute under the law of the Federal Republic of Germany or of the home country of the Customer.
(2) Contractual relations between the Seller and the Customer shall be governed by German law to the exclusion of UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG) and to the exclusion of all international contracts for the purchase of goods and international law.