Van Huffel Tube Corp circa 1990
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PURCHASE
Trumbull Industries, Inc.
Seller has read and understands this contract and agrees that Seller’s written acceptance or commencement of any work or services under this contract shall constitute Seller’s acceptance of these terms and conditions only.
SHIPPING AND BILLING
Seller Agrees: (a) to properly pack, mark and ship goods in accordance with the requirements of Buyer, the involved carriers, and if applicable the country of destination; (b) to route shipments in accordance with Buyer’s instructions; (c) to make no charge for handling, packaging, storage or transportation of goods, unless otherwise stated as an item on this contract; (d) to provide with each shipment packing slips with Buyer’s contract and/or release number and date of shipment marked thereon; (e) to properly mark each package with a label/tag according to Buyer’s instructions; (f) to promptly forward the original bill of lading or other shipping receipt for each shipment in accordance with Buyer’s instructions. Seller will include on bills of lading or other shipping receipts correct classification identification of the goods shipped in accordance with Buyer’s instructions and the carrier’s requirements. The marks on each package and identification of the goods on packing slip, bills of lading and invoices (when required) shall be sufficient to enable Buyer to easily identify the goods purchased. Buyer may withhold payment pending receipt of evidence, in such form and details as Buyer may direct, of the absence of any liens, encumbrances and claims on the goods or services under this contract.
Time is of the essence, and deliveries shall be made both in quantities and at times specified in Buyer schedules. Buyer shall not be required to make payment for goods delivered to Buyer that are in excess of quantities specified in Buyer’s delivery schedules. Buyer may change the rate of scheduled shipments or direct temporary suspension of scheduled shipments, neither of which shall entitle Seller to a modification of the price for goods or services covered by this contract. Where quantities and/or delivery schedules are not specified, Seller shall deliver goods in such quantities and times as Buyer may direct in subsequent releases.
If Seller’s acts or commissions result in Sellers failure to meet Buyer’s delivery requirements and Buyer requires a more expeditious method of transportation for the goods than the transportation method originally specified by Buyer, Seller shall ship the goods as expeditiously as possible at Seller’s sole expense.
Buyer reserves the right at any time to direct changes, or cause Seller to make changes, to drawings and specifications of the goods or to otherwise change the scope of the work covered by this contract including work with respect to such matters as inspection, testing or quality control, and Seller agrees to promptly make such changes. Any difference in price or time for performance resulting from such changes shall be equitably adjusted by Buyer after receipt of documentation in such form and detail as Buyer may direct. Any changes to this contract shall be made in accordance with paragraph 27.
Seller acknowledges that Buyer will not perform incoming inspections of the goods, and waives any rights to require Buyer to conduct such inspections. To the extent Buyer rejects goods as nonconforming, the quantities under this contract will automatically be reduced unless Buyer otherwise notifies Seller. Seller will not replace quantities so reduced without a new contract or schedule from Buyer. Nonconforming goods will be held by Buyer in accordance with Seller’s instructions at Seller’s risk. Seller’s failure to provide written instructions within 10 days, or such shorter period as may be commercially reasonable under the circumstances after notice of nonconformity shall entitle Buyer, at Buyer’s option, to charge Seller for storage and handling or to dispose of the goods without liability to Seller. Payment for nonconforming goods shall not constitute an acceptance of them, limit or impair Buyer’s right to assert any legal or equitable remedy, or relieve Seller’s responsibility or latent defects.
Any delay or failure of either party to perform its obligations shall be excused if Seller is unable to produce, sell or deliver, or Buyer is unable to accept delivery, buy or use, the goods or services covered by this contract, as the result of an event or occurrence beyond the reasonable control of the party and without its fault or negligence, including but not limited to acts of God, actions by any governmental authority (whether valid or invalid), fires, floods, windstorms, explosions, riots, natural disasters, wars, sabotage, labor problems (including lockouts, strikes and slowdowns), inability to obtain power, material, labor equipment or transportation, or court injunction or order, provided that written notice of such delay (including the anticipated duration of the delay) shall be given by the affected party to the other party as soon as possible after the event or occurrence (but in no event more than 10 days thereafter).
During the period of such delay or failure to perform by Seller, Buyer, at its option may purchase goods and services from other sources and reduce its schedules to Seller by such quantities, without liability to Seller, or have Seller provide the goods and services from other sources in quantities and at times requested by Buyer, and at the price set forth in this contract. In addition, Seller at its expense shall take such actions as are necessary to ensure the supply of goods and services to Buyer for a period of at lease 30 days during any anticipated labor disruption or resulting from the expiration of Seller’s labor contract(s). If requested by Buyer, Seller shall with 10 days provide adequate assurances that the delays shall not exceed 30 days. If the delay lasts more than 30 days or Seller does not provide adequate assurance that the delay will cease with 30 days, Buyer may immediately terminate this contract without liability.
Seller warrants/guarantees that the goods covered by this contract will conform to the specifications, drawings, samples or descriptions furnished to or by Buyer, and will be merchantable of good material and workmanship and free from defect. In addition, Seller acknowledges that Seller knows of Buyers intended use and warrants/guarantees that all goods covered by this contract that have been selected, designed, manufactured or assembled by Seller based upon Buyer’s stated use will be fit and sufficient for the particular purposes intended by Buyer, The warranty period shall be that provided by applicable law, except that if Buyer offers a longer warranty to its customers for goods installed on vehicles, such longer period shall apply.
INGREDIENTS DISCLOSURE SPECIAL WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
If requested by Buyer, Seller shall promptly furnish to Buyer in such form and detail as Buyer may direct: (a) a list of all ingredients in the goods; (b) the amount of all ingredients; and (c) information concerning any changes in or additions to such ingredients. Prior to and with the shipment of the goods, Seller agrees to furnish to Buyer sufficient warning and notice in writing (including appropriate labels on the goods, containers and packing) of any hazardous material that is an ingredient or a part of any of the goods, together with such special handling
instructions as may be necessary to advise carriers, Buyer, and their respective employees of how to exercise that measure of care and precaution that will best prevent bodily injury or property damage in the handling, transportation, processing, use or disposal of the goods, containers and packing shipped to Buyer.
Buyer may immediately terminate this contract without liability to Seller in any of the following or any other comparable events: (a) insolvency of Seller, (b) Filing of a voluntary petition in bankruptcy by Seller, (c) filing of any involuntary petition in bankruptcy against Seller, (d) appointment of a receiver or trustee for Seller, or (e) execution of an assignment for the benefit of creditors by Seller, provided that such petition, appointment or assignment is not vacated or nullified within 15 days of such event. Seller shall reimburse Buyer for all costs incurred by Buyer in connection with any of the foregoing, including, but not limited to, all attorneys or other professional fees.
TERMINATION FOR BREACH OR NONPERFORMANCE SALE OF ASSETS OR CHANGE IN CONTROL
Buyer reserves the right to terminate all or any part of this contract without liability to Seller, if Seller: (a) repudiates or breaches any of the terms of this contract, including Seller’s warranties;
(b) fails to perform services or deliver goods as specified by Buyer; (c) fails to make progress so as to endanger timely and proper completion of services or delivery of goods, and does not correct such failure or breach within 10 days (or such shorter period of time if commercially reasonable under the circumstances) after receipt of written notice from Buyer specifying each failure or breach. In addition, Buyer may terminate this contract upon giving at lease 60 days notice to Seller, without liability to Seller. If Seller, (i) sells, or offers to sell, a material portion of its assets or (ii) sells or exchanges, or offers to sell or exchange, or causes to be sold or exchanged, a sufficient amount of its stock that effects a change in the control of Seller.
TERMINATION FOR CONVENIENCE
In addition to any other rights of Buyer to terminate this contract, Buyer may, at its option, immediately terminate all or any part of this contract, at any time and for any reason, by giving written notice to Seller. Upon such termination Buyer shall pay to Seller the following amounts without duplication: (a) the contract price for all goods or services that have been completed in accordance with this contract and not previously paid for; and (b) the actual costs of work-in-process and raw materials incurred by Seller in furnishing the goods or services under this contract to the extent such costs are reasonable in amount and are properly allocable to apportionable under generally accepted accounting principles to the terminated portion of this contract; less, however, the sum of the reasonable value or cost (whichever is higher) of any goods or materials used or sold by Seller with Buyer’s written consent, and the cost of any damaged or destroyed goods or material. Buyer will make no payments for finished goods, services, work-in-process or raw materials fabricated or produced by Seller in amounts in excess of those authorized in delivery releases nor for any undelivered goods that are in Seller’s standard stock or that are readily marketable. Payments made under this Paragraph shall not exceed the aggregate price payable by Buyer for finished goods or services that would be produced or performed by Seller under delivery or release schedules outstanding at the date of termination. Except as provided in this Paragraph, Buyer shall not be liable for and shall not be required to make payments to Seller, directly or on account of claims by Seller’s subcontractors for loss of anticipated profit unabsorbed overhead, interest on claims, product development and engineering costs, facilities and equipment rearrangement costs or rental unamortized depreciation of costs, or general and administrative burden charges from termination of this contract. Within 60 days from the effective date of termination, Seller shall submit a comprehensive termination claim to Buyer, with sufficient supporting data to permit Buyer’s audit and shall thereafter promptly furnish such supplemental and supporting information as Buyer shall request. Buyer or its agents shall have the right to audit and examine all books, records, facilities, work material, inventories and other items relating to any termination claim of Seller.
Seller agrees: (a) to defend, hold harmless and indemnify Buyer its successors and customers against any claims of infringement (including patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design right, or other proprietary right or misuse or misappropriation of trade secret) and resulting damages and expenses (including attorney’s and other professional fees) arising in any way in relation to the goods or services contracted, including such claims where Seller has provided only part of the goods or services. Seller expressly waives any claim against Buyer that such infringement arose out of compliance with Buyer’s specification; (b) that Buyer or Buyer’s subcontractor has the right to repair, reconstruct or rebuild the specific goods delivered under this contract without payment of any royalty to Seller, (c) that parts manufactured based on Buyer’s drawings and/or specifications may not be used for its own use or sold to third parties without Buyer’s express written authorization, and (d) to the extent that is contract issued for the creation of copyrightable works, the works shall be considered “works made for hire”, to the extent that the works do not quality as “works made for hire” Seller hereby assigns to Buyer all right title and interest in all copyrights and moral rights herein.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DISCLOSED TO BUYER
Seller agrees not to assert any claim (other than a claim for patent infringement) with respect to any technical information that Seller shall have disclosed or may hereafter disclose to Buyer in connection with the goods or services covered by this contract.
If Seller performs any work on Buyer’s premises or utilizes the property of Buyer, whether on or off Buyer’s premises, Seller shall indemnify and hold Buyer harmless from and against any liability, claims, demands or expenses (including attorney’s and other professional fees) for damages to the property or injuries (including death) to Buyer, its employees or any other person arising from or in connection with Seller’s performance of work or use of Buyer’s property, except for such liability, claim, or demand arising out of the sole negligence of Buyer.
Seller shall maintain insurance coverage with carriers acceptable to Buyer and in the amounts set forth in the Special Terms. Seller shall furnish to Buyer either certificates showing compliance with these insurance requirements or certified copies of all insurance polices with 10 days of Buyer’s written request. The certificate will provide that Buyer will receive 30 days prior written notice from the insurer or any termination or reduction in the amount or scope or coverage. Seller’s furnishing of certificates of insurance or purchase of insurance shall not release Seller of its obligations or liabilities under this contract.
The rights and remedies reserved to Buyer in this contract shall be cumulative with, and additional to, all other or further remedies provided in law or equity. Without limiting the forgoing, should any goods fail to conform to the warranties set forth in paragraph 8. Buyer shall notify Seller and Seller shall if requested by Buyer, reimburse Buyer for any incidental and consequential damages caused by such nonconforming goods, including, but not limited to, costs, expenses and losses incurred by Buyer (a) in inspecting, sorting, repairing or replacing such nonconforming goods; (b) resulting from production interruptions; (c) conducting recall campaigns or other corrective service actions; and (d) claims for personal injury (including death) or property damage caused by such nonconforming goods. If requested by Buyer, Seller will enter into a separate agreement for the administration or processing for warranty chargebacks for nonconforming goods.
CUSTOMS: EXPORT CONTROLS
Credits or benefits resulting or arising from this contract, including trade credits, export credits or the refund of duties, taxes or fees, shall belong to Buyer. Seller shall provide all information necessary (including written documentation and electronic transition records) to permit Buyer to receive such benefits or credits, as well as to fulfill its customs related obligations, origin marking or labeling requirements and local content origin requirements, if any. Export licenses or authorization necessary for the export of the goods shall be the responsibility of Seller unless otherwise indicated in this contract in which event Seller shall provide such information as may be necessary to enable Buyer to obtain such licenses or authorization(s). Seller shall undertake such arrangements as necessary for the goods to be covered by any duty deferral or free trade zone program(s) of the country of import.
In addition to any right of setoff or recoupment provided by law, all amounts due to Seller shall be considered net of indebtedness of Seller and its affiliates/subsidiaries to Buyer and its affiliates/subsidiaries and Buyer shall have the right to setoff against or to recoup from any amounts due to Seller and its affiliates/subsidiaries.
Seller shall not without first obtaining the written consent of Buyer, in any manner advertise or publish the fact that Seller has contracted to furnish Buyer the goods or services covered by this contract, or use any trademarks or trade names of Buyer in Seller’s advertising or promotional materials.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS: FORCED LABOR
Seller, and any goods or services supplied by Seller, shall comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, orders, conventions, ordinances or standards if the country(ies) of destination or that relate to the manufacture, labeling, transportation, importation, exportation, licensing, approval or certification of the goods or services, including, but not limited to, those relating to environmental matters, wages, hours and conditions of employment, subcontractor selection, discrimination, occupational health/safety and motor vehicle safety. Seller further represents than neither it nor any of its subcontractors will utilize salve, prisoner or any other form of forced labor in the supply of goods or provision of services under this contract. At Buyer’s request Seller shall certify in writing its compliance with the foregoing. Seller shall indemnify and hold Buyer harmless from and against any liability claims, demands or expenses (including attorney’s or other professional fees) arising from or relating to Seller’s noncompliance.
NO IMPLIED WAIVER
The failure of either party at any time to require performance by the other party of any provision of this contract shall in no way affect the right to require such performance at any time thereafter, nor shall the waiver of either party of a breach of any provision of this contract constitute a waiver of any succeeding breach of the same or any other provision.
Unless otherwise specifically prohibited by the applicable law, Seller may not assign or delegate its rights or obligations under this contract without Buyer’s prior written consent.
RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES
Seller and Buyer are independent contracting parties and nothing in this contract shall make either party the agent or legal representative of the other for any purpose whatsoever, nor does it grant either party any authority to assume or to create any obligation on behalf of or in the name of the other.
GOVERNING LAW: JURISDICTION
This contract is to be construed according to the laws of the country (and state/province, if applicable) from which this contract is issued as shown by the address of the Buyer, excluding the provisions of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and any conflict of law provisions that would require application of another choice of law. Any action or proceedings by Buyer against seller may be brought by Buyer in any court(s) having jurisdiction over Seller or, at Buyer’s option in the court(s) having jurisdiction over Buyer’s location, in which event Seller consents to jurisdiction and service of process in accordance with applicable procedures. Any actions or proceedings by Seller against Buyer may be brought by Seller only in the court(s) having jurisdiction over the location of Buyer from which this contract is issued.
If any term(s) of this contract is invalid or unenforceable under any statute, regulation, ordinance, executive order or other rule of law, such term(s) shall be deemed reformed or deleted, as the case may be, but not only to the extent necessary to comply with such statute, regulation, ordinance, order or rule, and the remaining provisions of this contract shall remain in force and effect.
This contract together with the attachments, exhibits, supplements or other terms of Buyer specifically referenced in this contract, constitutes the entire agreement between Seller and Buyer with respect to the matters contained in this contract and supersedes all prior oral or written representations and agreements. This contract may only be modified by a contract amendment issued by Buyer.
Special Term (U.S.) – Insurance
For purpose of this Agreement, the insurance coverages required under Paragraph 16 (Insurance) of the General Terms and Conditions are as follows: (a) Worker’s Compensation: statutory limits for the state(s) in which this contract is to be performed (or evidence of authority to self insure); (b) Employer’s Liability: $1,000,000 each accident for bodily injury by accident and $1,000,000 each employee for bodily injury by disease; (c) Commercial General Liability covering liability arising from premises, operations, independent contractors, products/completed operations, personal injury and advertising injury, and liability assumed under and insured contract: $2,000,000 each occurrence; and (d) Automobile Liability (including owned, non-owned, and hired vehicles): $2,000,000 each accident.
Terms and Conditions of Sale
These terms and conditions shall replace all terms and conditions of Buyer’s order and of any proposal or quotation to Buyer not agreed to by Buyer and Seller prior to the date of this invoice. In the absence of written acceptance by Buyer, an acceptance of any goods covered by Buyers order shall constitute an acceptance of these terms and conditions. No waiver, alteration or modification of these provisions shall be valid unless made in writing and signed by an officer or other authorized representative Seller.
MODIFICATION OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
No terms and conditions other than those stated herein, and no agreement or understanding, in any way purporting to modify these terms or conditions, shall be binding on Seller without the Seller's written consent. Any additional or different terms in the Buyer’s form are hereby deemed to be material alterations and notice of objection to them and rejection of them is hereby given.
ACCEPTANCE OF ORDER; TERMINATION:
Acceptance of any order is subject to credit approval and acceptance of order by Seller and, when applicable, Seller’s suppliers. If Buyer's credit becomes unsatisfactory to Seller, Seller reserves the right to terminate upon notice to Buyer and without liability to Seller.
PRICES AND SHIPMENTS:
Unless otherwise quoted, prices shall be those in effect at time of shipment which shall be made F.O.B. shipping point.
Seller will make every effort to complete shipment as indicated, but assume no responsibility of liability for loss or damage due to delay or inability to ship, caused by acts of God, war, labor difficulties, accidents, delays of carriers, subcontractors or supplier, inability to obtain materials or any other causes of any kind what ever beyond the control of the Seller.
Seller will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost of repairs, incidental or consequential damages of any kind, whether based upon warranty, contract or negligence, arising in connection with the sale, use or repair of the products.
Seller cannot accept return of any goods unless our permission has been first obtained, in which case same will be credited subject to the following: (a) All material returned must, on its arrival at Sellers plant, be found to be in first-class condition; if not cost of putting in salable condition will be deducted from credit memoranda. (b) A handling charge will be made from all credit memoranda issued for material returned. (c) Transportation charges, if not prepaid, will be deducted from Credit Memoranda.
All material sent out will be carefully examined, counted and packed. The cost of any special packing or special handling caused by Buyers requirements or requests shall be added to the amount of the order. No claim for shortages or damages will be allowed unless made in writing within seven (7) days of receipt of shipment. Claims for goods lost in transit must be made within seven (7) days of receipt of invoice.
We cannot accept late cancellations or returns of non-stock items without the manufacturers’ prior written permission. This may involve freight and handling charges at your expense. Please check this order carefully.
PRICES AND DESIGNS:
Prices and Designs are subject to change without notice.
The amount of any sales, excise and any other taxes, if any, applicable to the products covered by this order, shall be added to the purchase price and shall be paid by Buyer unless Buyer provides Seller with a Tax Exemption Certificate acceptable to the taxing authorities.
Seller warrants that all goods sold are free of any security interest and will make available to Buyer all transferable warranties made to Seller by the manufacturer of the goods. SELLER MAKES NO OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND SPECIFICALLY MAKES NO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR PURPOSE. UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED IN WRITING BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF SELLER Any warranty offered by a manufacturer applies and extends only to the original purchase of new goods. Seller’s liability for damages, including direct and indirect as a result of a breach of manufacturer's warranty, shall not exceed such manufacturer's warranty. Copies of warranties are available and will be furnished to buyers upon request.
The failure of Seller to insist upon the performance of any of the terms or conditions of this contract or to exercise any right hereunder shall not be deemed to be a waiver of such terms, conditions or rights in the future, nor shall it be deemed to be a waiver of any other term, condition, or right under this contract.
We hereby certify that these goods were produced in compliance with all applicable requirements of sections 6, 7, and 12 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended, and of regulations and orders of the United States Department of Labor issued under section 14 thereof.
All net invoices are due within 30 days. As a condition of the sales agreement, a monthly service charge of the lesser of 1-1/2% or the maximum permitted by law may be added to all accounts not paid by net due date.
Quotations are for immediate acceptance and are valid for no more than 30 days unless otherwise stated. Prices quoted are on the basis of F.O.B. shipping point, unless otherwise specified. All clerical errors in quotations are subject to correction.