Terms and Conditions of Sale
1. GENERAL: These terms and conditions shall be deemed to be an integral part of the agreement (“Agreement”) arising from the acceptance by Seller (“Hood Packaging”) of any purchase order of Buyer for Product (“Product”) or Services (“Services”) described in the Seller’s quotation, acknowledgement and/or invoice and shall conclusively be deemed (i) to constitute the entire agreement between Seller and Buyer with respect to the subject matter hereof, and (ii) to supersede all prior or concurrent agreements, arrangements, understandings or other discussions, written or oral, between Buyer and Seller with respect thereto, notwithstanding (i) that Buyer does not accept or ratify in writing these terms and conditions, (ii) any prior course of dealing between Buyer and Seller to the contrary, and (iii) any terms and conditions of purchase set out in any purchase order or other communication from Buyer to Seller, and whether these terms and conditions were received by Buyer before or after any communication to Seller containing Buyer’s terms and conditions of purchase.
2. PRICES: Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Seller, price for Product or Services shall be increased by an increase in material, labor, services, transportation and packaging costs from the date on which the price was quoted by Seller to Buyer to the date of shipment. All taxes, fees, levies, assessments or other charges imposed by any local, provincial, state or federal government or other relevant authority upon the Production, sale, use, import, export, ownership, provision or shipment of Product or Services shall be for the account of Buyer.
3. TITLE: Title to Product or Services shall remain in Seller until paid in full by Buyer. If Buyer fails to pay any amount due under the Agreement (whether by acceleration or otherwise) or otherwise fails to perform any obligation of Buyer hereunder, Buyer shall be deemed to be in default and Seller shall have all of the rights and remedies available to if under applicable law.
4. RISK OF LOSS, INDEMNITY, CLAIMS: Buyer shall bear all risks of loss of or damage to Product from the time Product is delivered in good order into the custody of a carrier for transportation. The Buyer is obliged to examine each Delivery immediately upon arrival. Any apparent defects (including damage in transit), incompleteness of the Products or any other variances from the confirmation of the order have to be notified to the Seller immediately upon arrival of the Delivery at the destination in writing by specifying the defect, incompleteness or other variances, and quoting the invoice number. Any hidden defects (including defects surfacing during use) have to be notified to the Seller immediately upon or after discovery. It shall be assumed that hidden defects are normally detectable within a period of sixty days after arrival unless the Buyer is able to prove that it could not have reasonably detected the defect within that period. Defective Products must be kept available for the Seller’s inspection for 14 days from the date of the notification and must not be returned to Seller without prior approval from Seller. Upon Seller’s request, specimens of the Products found faulty must be sent back to Seller. If the Buyer is negligent in compliance with this clause, it shall not be entitled to reject the Products and Seller shall have no liability for such defects or incompleteness. Signing the receipt without notation of damage to, or shortages of Product shall constitute conclusive evidence of receipt of Product in satisfactory condition and in the quantities specified in the freight bill or other receipt.
Any claim of damage in transit or for shortages should be made promptly by the Buyer against the delivery carrier. If any Product is lost, disappears or is damaged or destroyed, in whole or in part, for any reason while in the possession of Buyer or any carrier, and before payment in full therefore, and Seller suffers any loss by virtue thereof, Buyer shall indemnify and save harmless Seller from such loss. If any such loss is covered by insurance to which Buyer is a beneficiary and/or by recourse by Buyer against any other party, then any such claim and any proceeds payable with respect thereto shall automatically vest in Seller.
5. DELIVERY: Seller may make partial deliveries and submit invoices thereon. Buyer shall make an examination and test of any Product delivered or shall review and use any Services provided immediately upon receipt at Buyer’s plant and failure of Buyer to give written notice of any claim to Seller within ten days after the receipt of such Product or provision of such Service shall be deemed to constitute an unqualified acceptance thereof. Subject to Section 8, Seller will make reasonable commercial efforts to meet delivery dates quoted or acknowledged. However, Seller will not be liable for any failure to meet such dates.
If Delivery is delayed due to circumstances within the Buyer’s reasonable control, the price risk shall pass to the Buyer at the date of notification of readiness for delivery without prejudice to its other rights. The Seller shall be entitled to bill the unshipped Product at the date of notification of readiness for delivery. In addition, the Seller shall be entitled to bill the warehousing costs commencing one month following the notification of readiness to delivery, and to dispose of the Products at its own discretion provided that an appropriate grace period notified in writing to the Buyer announcing the intention to dispose of the Products has expired without results. The Buyer shall indemnify and save harmless the Seller for the value of the disposed Products.
6. OVERRUNS AND UNDERRUNS: Unless otherwise provided on Seller’s invoice, overruns of up to ten percent of the total amount of Product purchased under the Agreement shall conclusively be deemed to constitute fulfillment of the Agreement.
7. WARRANTIES, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY:
A. Seller warrants good and marketable title to Product and that Product or Service is or are as described on Seller’s Invoice and, unless otherwise provided on Seller’s Invoice, Product and Services shall conform to the specifications of the Buyer.
The Seller warrants that Products which have been manufactured by it will correspond with the agreed specification at the time of delivery. This warranty is given subject to the other express conditions set out in this Agreement. The liability limitations as set out in this clause shall also apply to Seller’s legal representatives, employees and agents.
B. If the Product or Services is or are not as described on Seller’s Invoice or Product or Services does or do not confirm to the applicable specifications, the Seller, at its option, will either;
(i) replace Product or provide replacement Services for the nonconforming Services or;
(ii) refund the purchase price of the Product or Services if Buyer gives written notice describing the alleged nonconformity, errors or deficiencies with reasonable particularity within ten days after receipt of Product or Services. In addition, in the case of non-conforming Product, Seller, at its option, may either inspect the allegedly nonconforming Product at Buyer’s premises or require Buyer at Seller’s expense, to properly pack and ship such allegedly nonconforming Product to Seller at the address specified on Seller’s Invoice or, at the option of Seller, to such other address as may be specified by Seller. Any course of dealing between the parties to the contrary notwithstanding, any claim by Buyer shall be deemed waived and absolutely barred unless presented in such manner to Seller within such ten-day period. No such giving of notice by Buyer shall entitle Buyer to withhold payment due or to refuse to accept further deliveries.
Seller shall not be liable for negligible deviations from the agreed specifications and/or for only minor impairment of the product applications, nor shall Seller be liable for damages resulting directly or indirectly from instructions or specifications provided by the Buyer, improper handling, willful damage, negligence, abnormal working conditions, or any alteration of the product by the Buyer, Seller shall not be obliged to notify the Buyer of the unsuitability of its instructions or specifications unless Seller is aware of such unsuitability.
C. THE WARRANTIES EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN SECTION 7A ARE IN LIEU OF, AND THERE IS HEREBY EXCLUDED. ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARISING BY STATUTE OR OTHERWISE IN LAW OR FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABLE QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE NO OTHER WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ARE MADE BY SELLER. IN THE CASE OF PRODUCT, IF A SAMPLE WAS SHOWN OR PROVIDED, THAT SAMPLE WAS USED MERELY TO ILLUSTRATE THE GENERAL TYPE AND QUALITY OF PRODUCT AND NOT TO REPRESENT THAT PRODUCT WOULD NECESSARILY CONFORM TO SAMPLE.
D. BUYER’S REMEDIES EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN SECTION 7B ARE BUYER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDIES AND, EXCEPT AS AND TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED IN SECTION 7B, SELLER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE IN CONTRACT, TORT, DELICT OR OTHERWISE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR EXPENSE OR FOR ANY INJURY TO PERSON OR PROPERTY OF BUYER OR OTHERS ARISING OUT OF THE POSSESSION OR THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE PRODUCT OR SERVICES OR IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER RELATED TO PRODUCT OR SERVICES OR BY REASON OF ANY BREACH OF THE AGREEMENT (FUNDAMENTAL OR OTHERWISE) OR ANY FAILURE OR DELAY IN PERFORMANCE BY OR NEGLIGENCE OF , ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF SELLER OR ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS WERE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS, DAMAGE, EXPENSE OR INJURY AND, IN PARTICULAR (BUT WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING), SELLER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS REVENUE, FAILURE TO REALIZE EXPECTED SAVINGS OR FOR ANY LIABILITY TO A THIRD PARTY INCURRED BY BUYER OR FOR ANY OTHER COMMERCIAL OR ECONOMIC LOSS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER.
E. SELLER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INFRINGEMENT OR ALLEGED INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT OR OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHT WHETHER THROUGH THE USE OF SERVICES OR PRODUCT OR THE MATERIALS OR ARTICLES MADE THEREFROM BY BUYER OR OTHERS OR BUYER’S SPECIFICATIONS, EITHER ALONE OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER MATERIALS, OR OTHERWISE IN ANY WAY WHATEVER.
F. Buyer assumes all risk and liability for loss, damage or expense, and for injury or death to person or property of Buyer or others, arising out of the possession of the use of, or the inabiity to use, Product or Services or in any way whatsoever related to Product or Services (including, without limitation, for damages of the nature referred to in Section 7D), and Buyer agrees to indemnify and save harmless Seller therefrom.
Except in respect of death or personal injury caused solely by Seller’s negligence, or liability for defective Products towards end consumers as defined in the Consumer Laws applicable in all instances and jurisdictions or except in respect of a breach of this Agreement due to Seller’s willful misconduct or blatantly gross negligence, Seller shall not be liable for consequential losses or damages costs or expenses, financial loss, loss of profits or interest, loss of reputation or third party claims unforeseeable to Seller. In any case, the entire liability of Seller under, or in connection with, the Agreement shall not exceed the price of the deliveries subject of the claim and, if this amount is lower, of the actual insurance coverage of Seller for the respective damage. The Buyer is obliged to unconditionally impose these liability limitations to its customers.
G. Until clarification of the warranty claim, the Buyer shall provide for appropriate storage and for insurance at full resale value plus transportation and warehouse expenses for its own benefit as well as for the benefit of Seller. In case the warranty claim turns out to be justified, Seller shall reimburse external expenses to a reasonable extent.
Product must be stored in a clean, dry, well-ventilated facility at a temperature between 60˚F (15˚C) and 82˚F (28˚C) at a relative humidity of 50%. Product not stored according to the Sellers recommendations may affect performance and will void warranty.
For product that the Buyer requested delivered to a location other than the Buyer’s facility, and the Buyer has not taken physical ownership, Seller reserves the right to pre-approve the storage location and conditions of storage without limiting Buyer’s requirements in Section 5.
8. FORCE MAJEURE: Without limiting any other provision herein, Seller will not be liable for any delay (i) in shipment or failure to ship Product or for any damage suffered by reason thereof or (ii) in the provision of, or failure to provide, Services or for any damage suffered by reason thereof, whether such delay or failure, directly or indirectly, is due to accident (in manufacture or otherwise), fire, flood or other acts of God, labor stoppages or difficulties, pandemics, inadequate transportation facilities, shortage of materials or supplies, delay or default on the part of its suppliers, government action or any other casualty or cause beyond the reasonable control of Seller, which Seller in its discretion declares to be force majeure resulting in such delay or failure. In such event, Seller, at is option, may cancel the Agreement or delay performance thereunder for any period reasonably necessary due to the foregoing, during which time the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. Seller shall have the further right to then allocate its available resources, materials and Products among its customers and for its use in such manner as Seller may consider fair and equitable.
In cases of the Buyer’s Force Majeure, Seller may store the ordered Products at Seller’s or at a third party’s premises at the Buyer’s risk and expense.
9. TERMINATION OPTION: Seller shall have the option to terminate the Agreement forthwith upon written notice if Buyer’s account with Seller is in arrears or if Buyer, except in circumstances contemplated in Section 5, does not accept delivery of any Product shipped or Services provided.
10. INTEREST, ACCELERATION OF INDEBTEDNESS AND SETOFF: Interest on all amounts due under the Agreement (whether by acceleration or otherwise) shall accrue from the due date at the lesser of 18% per annum (1 ½% per month) and the highest rate of interest permitted by law until all amounts payable to Seller are paid in full. If Buyer is in arrears with respect to any other dealings or transactions with Seller, then, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, any indebtedness hereunder shall automatically become due and payable in full without any notice from Seller to that effect. Seller shall have the right to set off against any amounts which may at any time be payable by it to Buyer any amount due from Buyer to Seller under the Agreement.
11. INSOLVENCY: In the event that Buyer becomes insolvent or unable to pay its debts as they become due or in the event of voluntary or involuntary bankruptcy proceedings by or against Buyer or the appointment of a receiver or assignee of any Buyer’s property for the benefit of any one or more of Buyer’s creditors, Seller may elect to cancel the Agreement and any unfulfilled obligations of Seller hereunder.
Reference. Terms and Conditions of Sale #4.
12. No return of Product to Seller will be accepted, whether under warranty or otherwise, unless previously authorized in writing by Seller.
The Buyer must immediately notify the Seller if it receives any notice from any of its Customers concerning defects that may be related to the Seller’s delivered Products. If the Buyer fails to meet this obligation, it shall not have any claims against the Seller based on the defective Product, nor shall the Seller be obliged to indemnify Buyer.
Reference. Terms and Conditions of Sale #4
13. PRODUCT IMPRINT: Seller reserves the right to attach its imprint to all Product unless it receives written notice from Buyer to the contrary prior to production.
14. WAIVER: No claim or right arising out of a breach of the Agreement can be discharged in whole or in part by a waiver or renunciation of the claim or right unless the waiver or renunciation is in writing signed by the aggrieved party. Waiver by either Seller or Buyer of a breach of the other of any provision of the Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver or future compliance therewith, and such provision shall remain in full force and effect.
15. MODIFICATION: The Agreement may be modified only by written instrument signed by both Buyer and Seller.
16. DISPUTES: Any dispute arising out of, or in connection with the Agreement shall be submitted to, and finally resolved by, arbitration in the State or Province in which the order is invoiced is located and shall be conducted pursuant to the applicable arbitration legislation of that State or Province and the rules thereunder.
17. APPLICABLE LAW: The Agreement shall be deemed to be made in, and to be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of, the State of Mississippi, USA (US invoiced locations) or the Province of Ontario, Canada (Canadian invoiced locations), and the courts of that State or Province shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the event of any disputes hereunder, Buyer hereby attorns and submits to the jurisdiction of the State of Mississippi (US invoiced locations) or the Province of Ontario (Canadian invoiced locations) for the purposes of enforcement of rights and remedies arising under this agreement. The parties expressly exclude the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
18. SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS: In case any one or more of these terms and conditions should be found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, it or they shall be severed from the Agreement and the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
19. HEADINGS: The use of headings herein is for convenience of reference only and does not affect the interpretation hereof.
20. LANGUAGE: The parties hereto acknowledge that they have expressly required that this document and all deeds, documents or notices relating thereto to be drafted in the English languages. Les parties aux présentes reconnaissent qu’ils on exigé expressément que ce document et tous autres contrats, documents ou avis qui y sont afférents soient rédigés en langue anglaise.