of WEPA SE, Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH, WEPA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Wepa Professional GmbH, Wepa Leuna GmbH, Wepa Papierfabrik Sachsen GmbH, Wepa Piechowice sp.zo.o., Wepa France S.A.S., Wepa Greenfield S.A.S., Wepa Italia S.r.l., Wepa Kraftwerk GmbH, Wepa UK Ltd., Wepa Nederland B.V.
- these companies hereinafter referred to as “WEPA” -
1. General / Sphere of validity
1.1 Only the terms and conditions of purchase below shall apply for all current and future orders and other legal relationships between the Supplier and WEPA. Other terms and conditions shall only apply if they have been recognized in writing by WEPA.
1.2 The supply contract as well as all subsidiary agreements, contractual amendments and contractual supplements must be made in writing. Delivery call-offs made under framework agreements and under other agreements may also be placed by fax message and e-mail and exceptionally over the telephone.
2. Quote / Order
2.1 Orders are to be confirmed in writing by the Supplier straight away quoting the order number. WEPA shall be entitled to withdraw its order if it does not receive a confirmation within three weeks.
2.2 WEPA may cancel or amend the services to be rendered by the Supplier completely or partially at any time provided that this is reasonable for the Supplier and WEPA has a justified interest in doing so for production-related reasons or to satisfy specifications demanded by its buyers. The obligations of WEPA to render a counter-performance (consideration) shall be amended accordingly. The amendments named in Sentence 1 above may refer to quantities, delivery dates, place of delivery, design, type of packaging or method of dispatch.
2.3 Insofar as the Supplier has to render a work performance, WEPA shall be entitled to terminate the entire contract or parts thereof at any time until the work is completed. In this case, the work performances properly rendered and proven by the Supplier until that point in time shall have to be remunerated. Moreover, Section 649 Sentences 2 and 3 of the German Civil Code [BGB] shall apply.
2.4 If the Supplier is responsible for notice of termination being served, the performances properly rendered and proven until that point in time shall have to be remunerated, provided that WEPA is able to use them. WEPA’s compensation claims for damages shall remain unaffected. This shall also apply if notice of termination is served by WEPA on account of the Supplier being insolvent.
2.5 Amendments to quantity, delivery date, place of delivery, design, type of packaging or method of dispatch for the goods are not allowed without prior written consent of WEPA.
2.6 All unilateral declarations by WEPA and the Supplier concerning the contract must be made in writing to be legally valid unless stated otherwise by contract or by these General Terms and Conditions of Purchase.
3. Prices / Terms and Conditions of Payment
3.1 All agreed prices are fixed prices free to the place of delivery including packaging but excluding value added tax. Payment is to be made within 30 days to qualify for a prompt payment discount of 3%, otherwise 60 days net. Payment and discount periods shall begin upon the receipt of a correct invoice plus the receipt of the performance as ordered. If price and/or quantity differences occur that are caused by the Supplier, the payment and discount periods shall not commence until the invoice has been corrected and/or an appropriate subsequent delivery has been carried out. Invoices must include the invoice date, the order date, the WEPA order number, the Supplier’s number and its value added tax identification number. Moreover, value added tax is to be stated separately in the invoices. Claims regarding delayed payment may not be derived from invoices that do not take this into consideration.
3.2 WEPA's registered office is deemed to be the place of fulfilment for payment.
3.3 The Supplier shall not be entitled to increase the price after the contract has been signed.
3.4 The Supplier is not entitled to assign claims against WEPA or to allow third parties to collect them. Section 354a of the German Commercial Code [HGB] shall not be affected by this.
3.5 The Supplier may only set off its own claims which are undisputed or unappealable against claims asserted by WEPA.
3.6 The Supplier may only assert a right of retention against WEPA’s claims based on its own, undisputed or unappealable claims that are founded on the same legal relationship as WEPA's claim.
4. Deliveries / Delivery dates
4.1 All deliveries shall be supplied carriage-free, insured, unloaded and, if necessary, duty paid unless stated otherwise. WEPA shall be exempted from having to report consignments for customs clearance. Customs duties payable are to be paid to the customs office responsible for that location. The Supplier shall have to dispatch consignments in accordance with T1 / T2 forms. Those costs and fees payable at national borders shall be for the Supplier’s account. Every consignment is to be marked with consignee and place of delivery in good time. A delivery note is to be attached in duplicate stating the order number, the item number and the Supplier’s number.
4.2 All supplied items are to be properly packed in the manner customary within the trade. In a specific case WEPA shall be entitled to stipulate the method and type of packaging to the Supplier. The disposal of special packaging shall be for the Supplier’s account.
4.3 When selling capital goods the Supplier is obliged to submit a valid supplier’s declaration, which is in accordance with the EC ordinance EG VO 1207/2001, at the beginning of each year without being requested to do so.
4.4 The point of destination stated by WEPA is deemed to be the place of fulfilment for deliveries and services.
4.5 Agreed delivery periods and delivery dates are binding. Compliance shall be determined by the receipt of the goods by WEPA provided that the Supplier is responsible for transporting the goods to WEPA. The Supplier must notify WEPA in writing straight away of any apparent delays or apparent hindrances stating their reasons and probable duration. Necessary additional costs incurred to speed up delivery in an attempt to deliver on time shall be for the Supplier’s account to the extent that he is to blame for the reasons causing the possible delay or hindrance.
4.6 If the Supplier is in default, WEPA shall be entitled to demand a contractual penalty from the Supplier amounting to 0.5% of the value of the goods for each new week of delay up to a maximum of 5% of the total order value, limited to the damages foreseeable when the contract is signed. The contractual penalty may be reduced in case of disproportionality. In addition to this, WEPA is entitled to claim damages for the delay and set off the forfeit contractual penalty against these damage claims. In particular, compensation will have to be paid for all downtime costs incurred by the delay (refitting, expenditure incurred by operational disruption, replacement purchase etc.) and lost profit.
5. Bearing of risk
5.1 The risk of accidental loss or accidental deterioration of the goods shall be for the Supplier’s account until the goods have been passed over (unloaded) to WEPA.
5.2 The Supplier vouches for the careful selection of the freight forwarder selected by him.
6. Goods Inward Check
6.1 The Supplier shall conduct a check on all outgoing goods to be supplied to WEPA as part of its quality assurance measures and shall keep a record of the results of such checks. WEPA may request to see these reports at any time. WEPA is entitled to have the goods analysed and to have the marketability of the goods including packaging as well as the quality assurance measures of the Supplier inspected by a sworn expert of its choice. The Supplier shall contribute to the cost of the analysis and the inspection with a maximum amount of 5.000,-- € each calendar year. In order to make the inspection possible, the Supplier shall grant the sworn expert extensive access to all its production facilities, warehouse areas and administrative facilities and shall furnish him with the necessary information. The Supplier is obliged to rectify identified defects straight away at its own expense. If the Supplier procures material or other services from sub-contractors, the Supplier shall incorporate them in the quality assurance system by a contract, or the Supplier is to guarantee the quality of the preliminary work. The goods inward check of WEPA shall be limited to inspecting the goods for visible external transport damage, visible external material defects and variations of identity, quality and quantity. WEPA shall notify the Supplier of such defects in writing, by telefax or by e-mail within seven days following the receipt of the goods. In addition, WEPA is entitled to carry out random checks. Application of Section 377 of the German Commercial Code [HGB] that extends beyond this is excluded.
6.2 WEPA reserves the right to conduct further-reaching checks of the incoming goods. WEPA shall inform the Supplier of defects in that respect and other faults that are identified within the ordinary course of business in writing, by telefax or by e-mail within seven days following the identification of these defects.
7. Liability for defects
7.1 If the delivered goods suffer from material defects or defects in title or if the Supplier violates the above Section 6.1 in any other way, WEPA shall be entitled, at the Supplier's expense and risk,
a) to return or send back the faulty goods, request the delivery of fault-free goods within a reasonable period and refuse payment of the purchase price until receipt of fault-free goods
and, if the set period expires without result,
b) to withdraw from the Product Acquisition Request and request reimbursement of purchase price parts that may have already been paid.
Instead of asserting the rights stated in Sentence 1, letters a) and b), WEPA may reduce the purchase price by issuing a statement to the Supplier or, in case of imminent danger or particular urgency, rectify the notified fault or arrange for a third party to rectify such a fault at the Supplier's expense.
7.2 WEPA reserves the right to assert all further-reaching rights and claims. This applies, in particular, to damage claims and claims for the reimbursement of expenses.
7.3 The Supplier is liable for all direct and indirect damage and expenses suffered by WEPA or third parties that are based on culpable faults in the Supplier's deliveries.
7.4 The warranty period for faulty services of the Supplier is two years. This period shall commence upon delivery of the goods to WEPA or upon acceptance of the Supplier's service by WEPA if acceptance is specified by contract or by law.
7.5 Insofar as WEPA undertakes, for reasons that are the Supplier's responsibility, or is reasonably required to undertake, to sort out or call back products (both delivered contractual products and goods manufactured by WEPA) or to take other measures to prevent, ward off or minimize damage, the Supplier must reimburse WEPA for all expenses, costs and damage incurred as a result, including pecuniary damage and the goods value. If the products need to be destroyed in the light of a reasonable assessment, the costs required in that respect shall be borne by the Supplier. In each case of Sentences 1 and 2, WEPA shall inform the Supplier in good time and give the Supplier the opportunity to comment, insofar as that is possible. Product liability remains unaffected.
7.6 The Supplier is to exempt WEPA from third-party claims that are asserted on the grounds that a product manufactured by WEPA is faulty, provided however that the reason for the faultiness of the product arises from the Supplier’s sphere of responsibility. This shall not apply in case of liability in tort if the Supplier is able to prove that he is not responsible for the faultiness of the product.
8. Insurance cover
The Supplier is obliged to maintain at its own expense an appropriate business-and-product-liability-insurance and an appropriate insurance cover for all risks stated in Numbers 6 and 7 of these General Terms and Conditions of Purchase until the warranty period finally expires. Proof of insurance cover is to be submitted to WEPA upon request. The Supplier must inform WEPA immediately if the insurance cover is jeopardized or changed.
9. Transfer of title
WEPA shall acquire full title to the goods supplied when they are handed over at the agreed place of delivery. By handing over the goods the Supplier states that he is fully entitled to dispose of the goods and that no third parties have rights to the goods.
10. Compliance with regulations
10.1 The Supplier is obliged to comply with the relevant statutory and official regulations and conditions when fulfilling the contract. The goods or services must satisfy the security, safety at work and accident prevention regulations as well as all applicable standards, DIN, VDE and other regulations. If protective devices are prescribed as a result of such regulations the Supplier shall supply them together with the consignment at no extra cost, even if they were not mentioned in the quote or order.
10.2 The Supplier has to ensure that third party proprietary rights are not breached when carrying out the contract and when the contractual items or contractual services are supplied and used. In the event of a culpable breach of duty he shall be liable for all claims arising from the breach of patents, copyrights, design patents, trademark rights and the rights to a name when the supplied goods are used in compliance with the contract. The Supplier shall exempt WEPA and its buyers from all claims asserted as a result of the use of such proprietary rights.
10.3 The Supplier guarantees that the scope of supply complies with the respective applicable and current EU guidelines, and contains the ce mark. The provision of a declaration of conformity with a comprehensive risk analysis prior to the end of commissioning is a key obligation of the Supplier. The corresponding supplier declarations relating to its own delivery scope shall be made available by the Buyer to the Supplier in good time.
11. Force majeure
11.1 In the event of force majeure the affected Party shall be exempted from its obligations named above for the duration of the force majeure event. The other Party is to be informed and provided with evidence of the force majeure event. The following events in particular are to be regarded as force majeure events: strikes, lock-outs, fire, earthquakes, flooding, wars, coup d’état, etc.
11.2 Force majeure events shall release the affected Party from its contractual obligations only insofar as it is prevented from rendering its performance. Its obligation shall only be suspended for the period of time in which it is prevented by the force majeure event from fulfilling its performance obligations. The Party claiming force majeure shall immediately notify the other Party in writing of the beginning and the end of the force majeure event. Otherwise it shall forfeit the right to claim this hindrance.
11.3 If the Supplier is prevented from rendering its contractual performances for longer periods or if it has stopped making its payments or if insolvency proceedings regarding its assets have been applied for, opened or rejected due to a lack of funds, WEPA is entitled to withdraw from that part of the contract not yet fulfilled.
12.1 The Supplier and WEPA are obliged to keep secret all the confidential information about the other Party of which they become aware in the course of their business relationship and not to exploit it. Documents containing or referring to such confidential information must be kept in safekeeping by both Parties in such a way that no-one can gain access to them. Sentences 1 and 2 shall particularly apply to sample layouts, drawings, production methods, business transactions and other operational and business secrets of all types. Each Party may pass out confidential information and documents concerning the other Party to its employees and sub-suppliers only insofar as this is absolutely essential for the fulfilment of its contractual obligations. Each Party shall oblige its employees and sub-suppliers to sign a non-disclosure agreement compatible with the above provisions and take all reasonable steps to prevent its employees or sub-suppliers from distributing the other Party’s confidential information and documents.
12.2 The Parties are obliged to maintain secrecy according to the provisions of the above Section 12.1 even after their business relationship has completely come to an end.
12.3 Documents containing or referring to confidential information about the other Party must be returned to the other Party straight away after the supply contract has been fulfilled. Insofar as the Supplier needs such documents to carry out work under warranty, WEPA shall provide him with these documents in good time before such work commences. After such work has been completed the Supplier shall return the documents to WEPA straight away.
12.4 The Supplier is not allowed to use the business relationship for advertising without prior written approval of WEPA.
13. Proprietary rights
WEPA shall reserve the title and all other rights (e.g. patent and copyrights) to the information furnished. This shall apply in particular to layouts, trademark names, designs, presentation stylings etc. protected by competition law.
14. Social Compliance: Upholding human rights and ILO core labour standards, MiLoG
14.1 The supplier confirms that he and his sub-suppliers uphold the respective acts of law and other relevant provisions in all of their production processes and operations for the WEPA articles which are the subject of this agreement, and for all other business activities and decisions. In this regard, the supplier also confirms that he and his sub-suppliers observe and uphold without exception human rights as a minimum standard for ethical behaviour, and in particular the so-called ILO core labour standards (http://www.ilo.org/berlin/arbeits-und-standards/kernarbeitsnormen/lang--de/index.htm)
- Convention 87 - Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
- Convention 98 - Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
- Convention 29 - Forced Labour Convention - including Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour
- Convention 105 - Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
- Convention 100 - Equal Remuneration Convention
- Convention 111 - Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
- Convention 138 - Minimum Age Convention
- Convention 182 - Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the
Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
14.2 The supplier assigns responsibility to at least one member of its management team to monitor the upholding of the standards set out in 14.1 in the production processes and operations involved in the production of the WEPA articles which are the subject of this agreement. These controls must be performed at least once per year; a corresponding meaningful report must be transferred to WEPA upon request. WEPA is authorised, while upholding a reasonable notice period, to control that the requirements and standards set out in Item 14.1 have been upheld, either itself or via a third-party who is subject to a non-disclosure agreement, and to perform controls in this regard in the operating facilities involved in producing the WEPA articles which are the subject of this agreement. This also includes checking the equipment, offices and records that evidence that these standards are upheld. The supplier undertakes to correct all differences compared to the requirements set out in Item 14.1.
14.3 The supplier guarantees that, as part of his activities for WEPA, he will act in line with the law and, in particular, that he will uphold all of the relevant obligations regarding payment of a minimum wage (resulting, for example, from acts of law, a collective agreement or other legal provisions) in good time and in full, and that he will also obtain a corresponding undertaking from any (sub-)contractors and vicarious agents that he may engage. The supplier undertakes to at least pay his employees the statutory minimum wage according to the German Minimum Wage Act (Mindestlohngesetz - MiLoG), to the extent that these employees are covered by the regulations of the MiLoG. The supplier guarantees that any (sub-)contractors and vicarious agents he engages also uphold the above requirements, and that in particular they pay the statutory minimum wage. In this regard, the supplier fully guarantees that these obligations will be upheld, and is fully liable to WEPA for any own violations or violations by his vicarious agents and any (sub-)contractors he engages. In particular, the supplier undertakes to indemnify WEPA from any and all claims for compensation by third parties upon initial request.
14.4 If the supplier does not uphold one or several of the above regulations, and does not rectify this situation despite being given a reasonable deadline to rectify this, WEPA is entitled to terminate without notice either individual or all of the existing agreements between the supplier and WEPA.
15.1 These General Terms and Conditions of Purchase and all contractual relationships of the Parties are governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany under exclusion of its conflict-of-law-rules. The United Nations’ Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) does not apply.
15.2 The place of jurisdiction is Arnsberg, Germany. This applies as well to disputes regarding bills of exchange and cheques. However, WEPA is also permitted to sue the Supplier at its general place of business.
15.3 WEPA is only liable for damages caused by itself through intent or gross negligence.
15.4 Should a provision of these General Terms and Conditions of Purchase be, or become, invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions and of the whole contract shall not be affected as a result.
15.5 WEPA points out that in accordance with the law personal data will be saved, processed in connection with business transactions and, insofar as this is necessary for the fulfilment of the contract, forwarded to third parties.
of Wepa SE, Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH, WEPA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Wepa Professional GmbH, Wepa Leuna GmbH, Wepa Papierfabrik Sachsen GmbH, Wepa Piechowice sp.zo.o., Wepa France S.A.S., Wepa Greenfield S.A.S., Wepa Italia S.r.l., Wepa Kraftwerk GmbH, Wepa UK Ltd., Wepa Nederland B.V.
- these companies hereinafter referred to as “WEPA” -
1. General / Scope
For all - including future - orders, contracts and other legal relationships between the Buyer and WEPA solely the following general terms and conditions of Sale do apply. Other terms and conditions shall apply only if they have been accepted in writing by WEPA.
The delivery contract and all ancillary agreements, contract amendments and contract additions must be in writing. Delivery schedules of the buyer under framework agreements and other arrangements can also be done via fax, e -mail or exceptionally by telephone.
2. Order / Offer / Delivery
Orders of the Buyer must be in writing and have to contain at least information regarding the type of goods, the quality of the goods, the desired special characteristics of the product, dimensions, type of packaging, quantity for delivery, delivery time or the delivery date and the price expectations of the Buyer.
If the order of the Buyer has to be considered an offer as defined by Sections 145 ff. of the German Civil Code, WEPA may accept this offer within 14 calendar days by way of a written confirmation of the order. A sales contract creating obligations of WEPA towards the Buyer will only be concluded when the Buyer has received WEPA’s written confirmation within the aforementioned period of time.
All offers of WEPA are subject to change and non-binding, unless they are expressly designated in writing to be binding. Offers being designated as binding by WEPA shall be valid for 14 calendar days from the date of offer. In case the Buyer does not accept the offer within this period, it shall not be binding on WEPA anymore.
WEPA will stage the goods ex works ready for collection by the Buyer. The risk passes to the Buyer as soon as WEPA has reported the allocation of the goods to him. The Buyer transports the goods at its own expense. If the goods, however, are dispatched to the Buyer by WEPA due to a corresponding agreement, the aforementioned risk shall pass to the Buyer as soon as the goods have been handed over to the freight forwarder charged by WEPA.
In case that WEPA’s pallets are used for transport, the Buyer is obliged to exchange them with its own pallets which shall be of the same quality and the same quantity. Otherwise, the Buyer shall have to pay damages to WEPA.
An agreed delivery period shall commence with the date of the written order acknowledgement of WEPA or the Buyer, unless otherwise agreed. However, the delivery period does not commence until final clarification of all details of the order; this shall apply accordingly to delivery dates.
WEPA is entitled to deliver before the expiry of the delivery date or the delivery date. Partial deliveries by WEPA are permitted, unless the Buyer is obviously not interested in that.
Delivery periods and dates apply only approximately, unless firm deadlines or dates have been agreed in writing. In case of goods to be fetched by the Buyer the notification of the allocation of the goods vis-à-vis the Buyer shall be deemed sufficient for the adherence with delivery periods and dates. In case that the goods are dispatched to the Buyer by WEPA, compliance of delivery periods and delivery dates shall be determined by handing over the goods to the freight forwarder charged by WEPA.
In case that WEPA, for reasons that are its responsibility, does not comply with a bindingly agreed delivery period or delivery date, the Buyer is entitled to withdraw from the contract after a reasonable period of grace expired without result. The Buyer is only entitled to claim damages due to delay and to non-performance, if non-compliance with the delivery period or delivery date is attributable to intent or gross negligence of WEPA.
At the request and expense of the Buyer the delivery for goods sent by WEPA can be covered via a transport insurance.
WEPA is entitled to place the ordered goods at the expense of the Buyer into its own or a third- party´s stock if the Buyer postpones the point in time for delivery or does not fetch the allocated goods after notification of the allocation of the goods.
In case the Buyer is responsible for the postponement of delivery or the non-collection of goods, WEPA is entitled to withdraw from the contract concluded with the Buyer two weeks after the storage of the goods has begun and to sell the ordered goods to third-parties. In this case the Buyer is not entitled to assert claims against WEPA. WEPA may claim damages from the Buyer if the purchase price realized by the sale to a third-party is lower than the purchase price agreed with the Buyer or if it is not possible to enter into a sales contract with a third- party.
3. force majeure
In case of force majeure the affected party shall be released from its obligations for the duration of the force majeure. The event of force majeure is to be stated and proven to the other party. In particular, the following events are to be understood as events of force majeure : strikes, lockouts, fires, earthquakes, floods, wars, coup d’états, etc.
Events of force majeure relieves the affected party from its contractual obligations only insofar as it is thereby prevented from providing its performance. The obligation rests only for the period during which the event of force majeure hinders the fulfillment of the obligation. The Party invoking force majeure shall inform the other party of the beginning and end of the force majeure in writing without undue delay. Otherwise the party forfeits the right to invoke on this obstacle.
The provisions of clauses 3.1 and 3.2 shall apply mutatis mutandis in the case of operating and traffic problems, in shortage or rationing of raw materials or other essential resources for the production of the goods and in case of official decrees, which, directly or indirectly, disturb or prevent the manufacture or delivery of the goods as far as the above-mentioned circumstances cannot be eliminated by reasonable measures.
4. Investigation and complaint duty
The Buyer is obliged to investigate the goods delivered by WEPA without undue delay upon receipt and to notify WEPA immediately in writing of any defects found in that respect. If the Buyer omits the notice of defects the goods shall be deemed approved, unless there is a defect that was not recognizable in the investigation. Additionally the Buyer is obliged to note on the shipping documents in an appropriate and readable way: visible external damage to the goods and their packaging at goods receipt, type mismatches as well as deviations in quantity and production-related deviations, that exceed the tolerances specified in paragraph 5. The notation is not considered as notice of defects in the sense of sentence 1, but merely serves to determine the point in time when the defect was detected and to narrow down the point in time when the defect has developed.
If a defect being not-recognizable at the time of investigation appears later the Buyer has to notify the defect to WEPA immediately in writing upon discovery. Otherwise, the goods shall be deemed approved regarding this defect, too.
The dispatch of the notice of defects in good time is sufficient to preserve the rights of the Buyer.
The provisions of clauses 4.1 to 4.3 so not apply to the sale of consumer goods .
Negotiations between the Buyer and WEPA with regard to a defect notified by the Buyer are merely an attempt of an amicable agreement. It is not an act of Wepa acknowledging the defect and no tacit waiver of WEPA on the objection of delayed notification of defects.
The following deviations from the delivery contract are permitted and are accepted by the Buyer as contractual:
- deviations in quantity, scaling up and down, up to 10%, at Buyer specific presentation or at Buyer instructed custom-made products up to 20 %.
- production-related deviations, scaling up and down, up to 10%. This applies to deviations regarding the weight per unit area, deviations regarding the dimensions (e.g. length, width, thickness and diameter), deviations regarding the leaf contents and any other product-related deviations.
In each case the Buyer is only obliged to pay the goods actually delivered.
6. claims for defects
A material defect exists when the goods (the thing) sold do not have the agreed quality upon the passing of the risk. To the extent that the quality has not been agreed a material defect exists when the goods (the thing) are not suitable for the use intended under the contract. If no specific use is intended under the contract a material defect exists when the goods (the thing) are not suitable for the customary use or its quality is not usual in goods/things of the same kind and the buyer may expect this quality in view of the type of the goods/things.
A legal defect occurs when third parties, in relation to the goods/things, can assert rights against the Buyer which the Buyer did not take over from the Sales agreement.
Rights or claims of third parties based on industrial or intellectual property only lead to a legal defect, insofar as the rights according to international or national provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany are registered and published. A delivery is not vitiated by a legal defect, as far as the provisions applicable at the Buyer's place of business are not opposed to the customary use of the goods.
In case of any legal defect solely WEPA is entitled to obtain any necessary usage permissions or licenses from the third party. The Buyer is prohibited to obtain such permissions or licenses at the expense of WEPA arbitrarily from the third party. Costs incurred by the Buyer in case of non-compliance pursuant to a contractual agreement with the third party, are no reimbursable damage of the Buyer.
WEPA will, at its discretion, either rectify defective goods or supply replacement. If WEPA did not rectify or supply replacement within a reasonable time or if the rectified goods or supplied replacement is defective again, the Buyer may demand a reduction of the purchase price or cancellation of the contract. Other claims are excluded. This regulation does not apply to the sale of consumer goods.
A warranty for defects of WEPA is excluded if the defect is caused by improper use of the goods. This is especially the case if the Buyer ignores the specifications of the product information and WEPA´s instructions for use. In case of any doubt regarding the proper use of the goods the Buyer is obliged to enquire WEPA. If the Buyer fails to do so claims against WEPA are excluded in case of a defect.
Products of WEPA, which are provided for a new application by the Buyer, are to be checked by the Buyer prior to conclusion of a contract in terms of their suitability for this new application. Otherwise claims against WEPA are excluded in case of damage to the goods. The use of new or different equipment for the processing of the goods is deemed also a new application.
Samples and specimens merely serve as product description. No quality guarantees or other guarantees may be derived from those. The Buyer is obliged to advise WEPA of desired special characteristics of the goods in writing in his order. If the advice is omitted and the special characteristic of the goods is missing upon passing of the risk, WEPA´s liability because of that circumstance is excluded.
A return of sold goods free of defects is permitted only with the express, prior and written consent of WEPA. Unless otherwise agreed WEPA will take back only freight paid and shall issue a credit note equal to the Sales price paid by the Buyer less a reasonable administration fee.
WEPA is liable only for damages caused by gross negligence or willful misconduct by WEPA or one of its auxiliary persons. This does not apply to liability for damages from injury to life, body or health.
Unforeseeable damages are excluded from liability.
WEPA shall not be liable for any indirect, collateral or consequential damages such as lost profits, unless such damages are caused by gross negligence or willful misconduct of WEPA.
The liability of WEPA is limited to the performance of its business liability insurance. The Buyer may ask respective proof of insurance as necessary from WEPA.
Aforesaid liability provisions apply to contractual and non-contractual claims. WEPA´s liability under the Product Liability Act remains unaffected.
8. Retention of title
The goods remain property of WEPA until full payment of all claims from the business relationship, including incidental claims, damage claims and cashing of checks and bills of exchange. The retention of title remains valid even if individual claims of WEPA are included in a current invoice and the balance is drawn and recognized.
The Buyer is entitled to resale, to further processing or installation of the reserved goods only under consideration of the following provisions and subject to the condition that the claims in accordance with Section 8.5 actually are transferred to WEPA.
The processing of the reserved goods takes place for WEPA. The Buyer acquires no property/ownership of the new item according to § 950 German Civil Code (BGB). If the reserved goods are processed with other items not belonging to WEPA, WEPA acquires co- ownership of the new item in the ratio of the value of the reserved goods (invoice value) to the other processed items.
The Buyer´s right to sell the reserved goods in the ordinary course of business expires upon revocation, at the latest however at the Buyer's default of payment or at Buyer´s significant deterioration in its financial situation or application respectively opening of insolvency proceedings against its assets.
The Buyer hereby assigns all claims arising from the resale of the reserved goods including any balance claims with all incidental rights to WEPA. WEPA accepts this assignment.
As long as the Buyer meets his payment obligations, he is entitled to collect the assigned claims. The right to collect shall expire upon revocation, at the latest however at the Buyer's default of payment or at Buyer´s significant deterioration in its financial situation or application respectively opening of insolvency proceedings against its assets. In this case WEPA is entitled to set a time limit for payment to the Buyer. After the period has lapsed without success WEPA is entitled to inform the debtors about the assignment and to collect the claim by itself or by third parties.
Upon request the Buyer is obliged to hand out to WEPA a detailed schedule of the claims the Buyer is entitled to containing the names and addresses of the buyers, amount of each claim, invoice date, etc. and to provide to WEPA all the information required to assert the assigned claims and to allow the inspection of this information.
If the value of the securities exceeds the claims of WEPA by more than 20%, WEPA will release securities at its discretion upon request of the Buyer.
Pledging or transfer of ownership by way of security of the reserved goods respectively the assigned claims are not permitted. WEPA is to be informed about distraints, stating the pledgees, without undue delay.
If WEPA, due to the retention of title, takes back the delivery item withdrawal from the contract shall apply if and only WEPA explicitly declares so. WEPA is entitled to realize the reserved goods taken back by way of private sale. In this case claims of Buyer against WEPA are excluded. WEPA may demand compensation from the Buyer, if the purchase price from the private sale is less than the agreed purchase price with the Buyer or if a private sale is not possible.
The Buyer shall store the reserved goods for WEPA free of charge. He is to insure the reserved goods against the usual risks such as fire, theft and water in a conventional scope. The Buyer hereby assigns his compensation claims he is entitled to because of damages of the type mentioned above against insurance companies or other parties obligated to compensation to WEPA in the amount of the invoice value of the goods. WEPA accepts the assignment.
All claims and the rights arising from the retention of title persist until complete indemnity from contingent liabilities which WEPA incurred in the Buyer's interest.
All prices are calculated in EURO and are plus VAT.
For deliveries abroad in Member States of the European Union or in third countries WEPA invoices VAT in accordance with the applicable laws.
In case freight and insurance costs or public duties and charges such as taxes, customs duties, Import-/Exportcharges are increased after conclusion of a contract or are newly introduced, WEPA may add these additional costs to the agreed price even at freight or duty paid delivery.
10. Terms of payment
The invoice amount must be paid net within 30 days of date of invoice.
The Buyer at his own risk and cost is to transfer the invoice amount to the respective account of WEPA. The payment obligation of the Buyer will be fulfilled only upon receipt of payment to the relevant account of the WEPA.
WEPA, at its discretion, is entitled to set off incoming payments against outstanding claims.
10.4 WEPA reserves the right for its goods to demand advance payment, cash on delivery or cash, if a significant deterioration in the Buyer´s financial situation becomes known retroactively.
The retention of payments or set-off by the Buyer due to any counterclaims is excluded, unless the counterclaim is undisputed or legally been declared final. In addition the right of retention by the Buyer is permissible only if his counterclaim is based on the same legal relationship as the claim of WEPA.
In case of payment after the due date WEPA is entitled to charge interest at the rate of five percentage points above the applicable basic rate of interest. For legal transactions in which a consumer is not involved, the interest rate for claims for payment is eight percentage points above the applicable basic rate of interest. Moreover, the statutory provisions of § 288, paragraphs 3 and 4 of the German Civil Code are not waived.
11. Social Compliance: Upholding human rights and ILO core labour standards, MiLoG
WEPA confirms, that WEPA upholds the respective acts of law and other relevant provisions in all their production processes and operations for the WEPA articles, which are subject of this agreement, and for all other business activities and decisions. In addition WEPA confirms, that WEPA observes and upholds without exception in all their production processes and operations for the WEPA articles, which are subject of this agreement, human rights as a minimum standard for ethical behaviour, and in particular the so-called ILO core labour
standards (http://www.ilo.org/berlin/arbeits-und-standards/kernarbeitsnormen/lang-- de/index.htm)
- Convention 87 - Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
- Convention 98 - Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
- Convention 29 - Forced Labour Convention - including Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention
- Convention 105 - Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
- Convention 100 - Equal Remuneration Convention
- Convention 111 - Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
- Convention 138 - Minimum Age Convention
- Convention 182 - Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
In the context of its activities WEPA guarantees to act in line with the law and that it will uphold all of the relevant obligations regarding payment of a minimum wage (resulting, for example, from acts of law, a collective agreement or other legal provisions) in good time and in full, and that it will also obtain a corresponding undertaking from its (sub-)contractors and vicarious agents, if applicable. WEPA is obliged to pay its employees at least the statutory minimum wage according to the applicable minimum wage act, to the extent these employees are covered by the regulations of the minimum wage act.
Place of jurisdiction is Arnsberg. This also applies to action on checks and bills of exchange.
For the present General Terms and Conditions of Sale as well as all contracts and other legal relationships between the Buyer and WEPA the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany applies by way of exclusion of its conflict-of-law rules. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) does not apply.
Should individual provisions of these General Terms and Conditions of Sale be invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions or the contract as a whole shall not be affected. The parties are obliged to replace invalid conditions by valid conditions which come as close as possible to the invalid provision in economic terms.
WEPA points out that individual-related data are stored in compliance with the statutory provisions, are processed in connection with the business transactions and, if necessary for performance of the contract, will be forwarded to third parties.