GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1.1. This Agreement (the “contract”) is valid between ARAG (hereinafter the “Seller”) and its customers (hereinafter the “Buyer”) with respect to the sale of ARAG products (hereinafter the “Goods”) together with any additions or revisions of such terms mutually agreed to in writing by Seller and Buyer. They shall not apply to sales from ARAG distributors and their customers.
1.2. Each modification to the general terms herein contained should be expressly approved and undersigned by the contracting parties. Seller shall not be bound by any addition or different terms, whether printed, stamped or otherwise written in Buyer’s purchase order or in any other communication from Buyer to Seller unless specifically agreed to by Seller in writing.
1.3. This agreement is governed by the laws of Italy.
1.4. The Buyer, which receives the Goods listed in the first part, accepts the application of the general terms herein contained and waives the application of its general buying terms, if any. the Buyer, that does not want the application of the general terms herein contained, must communicate in writing its dissent to Seller within eight days since the delivery of the Goods.
1.5. Buyer declares that it is performing this contract as a professional user. in default it undersigns to communicate promptly in writing to Seller that this sale is not intended to be done to a professional user. The General Terms herein after contained in no case would obstacle the application of the special rules applicable to non-professional users (final consumers).
2. Characteristics of the Goods - modifications
2.1. Any information or data related to technical features and/or specifications of the Goods contained in dépliants, price lists, catalogues and similar documents shall be binding only to the extent they are expressly referred to in the contract.
2.2. Seller may make any change to the Goods, which, without altering their essential features, appears to be necessary or suitable in the respect of law rules or in order to increase Goods’ functionality or safety.
3.1. Unless otherwise indicated, all the prices are V.A.T. and other taxes excluded.
3.2. Unless otherwise agreed, all the prices are intended FCA Incoterms at Seller’s premises. it is agreed that any other cost or charge (packaging, insurance, transport, etc.) as well as any tax, duty or excise shall be for the account of the Buyer.
3.3. The applied prices are the ones resulting from Seller’s price list effective at shipment time. prices are subjected to change without notice if not contained in a quotation expressly qualified as irrevocable. All Seller’s quotations automatically expire thirty calendar days from the date of issue and are subject to withdrawal by notice within this period.
3.4. The minimum billable net amount of the Goods shall be €100.00. For lower amounts ARAG shall charge a fee of €25.00 as administrative costs.
4. Delivery terms
4.1. Delivery dates are not guaranteed but are estimated on the basis of immediate receipt by Seller of all information to be furnished by Buyer and the absence of delays, direct or indirect, resulting from or contributed to by circumstances beyond Seller’s reasonable control. if not expressly convened in writing by the parties as peremptory, all the delivery dates are merely indicative and give no right to the Buyer to request at any title reimbursements or penalties for delays in the shipment.
4.2. Seller reserves the right, within ten days from the foreseen shipment date and giving a written notice (also by facsimile) to the Buyer, to differ up to further ninety days the delivery, stating, as far as possible, the estimated date of delivery.
4.3. Any delay caused by force majeure (as defined in art.9.1) or by acts or omissions of the Buyer (e.g., the lack of indications which are necessary for the supply of the Goods, Buyer’s refusal to take delivery of the Goods, etc.), shall not be considered as a delay for which Seller is responsible.
4.4. Except in case of Seller’s fraud or gross negligence, the performance of the written communication indicated in art.4.2 or the occurrence of one of the force majeure events described in art.4.3 or 9.1 exclude the Buyer’s right to claim for any compensation for damages arising out of non-delivery or delayed delivery of the Goods.
5. Shipment - Complaints
5.1. Except as otherwise agreed, the supply of the Goods will be FCA Incoterms at Seller’s premises (or such other Seller’s location as may be designated by Seller), even if it is agreed that Seller will take care, in whole or in part, of the shipment of the Goods. for Extra -UE Countries, the Goods are cleared for export according to the FCA Rubiera - Incoterms condition, with relative charge on the invoice, excluding express courier shipments.
5.2. In any case, whatever the delivery term agreed between the parties, the risks on the sold Goods will pass on to the Buyer, at the latest, on delivery of the Goods to the first carrier.
5.3. Any complaint relating to packing, quantity, number or exterior features of the Goods (apparent defects) must be notified to Seller, by registered letter, within eight days from receipt of the Goods; failing such notification the Buyer's right to claim the above defects will be forfeited. Any complaint relating to defects which cannot be discovered on the basis of a careful inspection upon receipt (hidden defects) shall be notified to Seller, by registered letter, within eight days from discovery of the defects: failing such notification the Buyer's right to claim the above defects will be forfeited. The Seller will notify the Buyer of the intake of the complaint within five working days from the date of receipt of the complaint.
5.4. If any apparent defect occurs (packing, quantity, number or exterior features of the Goods) Seller may remedy any failure to perform its obligations within thirty days since the receiving of the communication described in art.5.3. except in case of fraud or gross negligence, such Seller’s timely intervention excludes the Buyer’s right to claim for any further compensation for damages arising out of non-delivery or delayed delivery of the Goods.
5.5. It is agreed that for any claims of hidden defects, if the goods are returned, the shipment is always the responsibility of the buyer, except as otherwise agreed.
5.6. It is agreed that any complaints or objections do not entitle the Buyer to suspend or to delay payment of the Goods as well as payment of any other supply.
6. Payment Conditions
6.1. If the parties have not expressly specified the terms and conditions, payment must be made at Goods’ shipment.
6.2. In every case payment should be done at Seller’s place of business or at the Italian bank expressly indicated.
6.3. Unless otherwise agreed, any expenses or bank commissions due with respect to the payment shall be for the Buyer's account.
6.4. In case of delay in payment with respect to the fixed payment date, the Buyer shall pay to Seller, on the due amount, an interest equal to the sum of the interest rate applied by the European Central Bank to its most recent main refinancing operation plus ten percentage points, starting from the date on which payment was due. in every case the applied interest rate should not exceed the limits set forth in the Italian law n.108 on march 07, 1996. the payment of such interest does not forfeit Seller’s right to pretend the further damages it has suffered.
7. Warranty for defects
7.1. Seller undertakes to remedy any defects, lack of quality or non-conformity of the Goods for which it is liable, occurring within twelve months from delivery of the Goods, provided such defects have been timely notified in accordance with art.5.3. Seller will have the choice between repairing or replacing the Goods which have shown to be defective.
7.2. Seller does not warrant that the Goods are conform to special specifications or technical features or that they are suitable for particular usages, except to the extent to which such characteristics have been expressly agreed upon in writing by the parties in the contract or in documents referred to for that purpose in the contract. It is therefore the exclusive responsibility of the Buyer and user of the ARAG products to determine the suitability and adequacy of the products according to the applications for which they are intended. The use of ARAG products with flammable, oxidizing (fire-intensifying) substance and potentially explosive substances is strictly prohibited.
7.3. Except in case of fraud or gross negligence, Seller's only obligation in case of defects, lack of quality or non-conformity of the Goods will be that of repairing or replacing the defective Goods. it is agreed that the above-mentioned guarantee (i.e., the obligation to repair or replace the Goods) is in lieu of any other legal guarantee or liability and excludes any other Seller's liability (whether contractual or non-contractual) which may anyhow arise out of or in relation with the Goods supplied (e.g., compensation of damages, loss of profit, recall campaigns, etc.).
7.4. Should any lack of conformity be found in Goods sold to consumers, Buyer renounces to any right of redress against Seller according to art.1519-quinques of the Italian civil code.
7.5. The Buyer could not directly return faulty Goods to Seller who reserves - in such an occurrence - the right to send them back to the Buyer. any return of faulty Goods should be previously defined with Seller’s export sales office. Returned Goods should be accompanied by a letter listing product’s code, detailed description of the found faults, description of the repairing attempts performed, description of the machinery in which the faulty good was assembled, good’s working life.
7.6. Seller is not responsible for direct or indirect damages or injuries the sold Goods could commit to persons, things or third persons, even if such damages or injuries are due to good’s faults in the material or in the assembly.
7.7. In no case any warranty will cover the defects that could arise from a wrongful use or assembly of the supplied Goods or that are consequent to modifications not expressly authorized in writing by Seller or that attain to supplied Goods’ natural wear and tear.
8. Retention of title
8.1. It is agreed that the delivered Goods remain Seller's property until the Buyer has paid them in full. The risks on the sold Goods (theft and damages included) will therefore pass on to the Buyer at the delivery.
8.2. The Buyer undertakes to promptly inform Seller in writing (by registered letter or facsimile) should any distraint or executive procedure on the delivered Goods be invoked or performed.
8.3. The Buyer, until their complete payment is performed, engages to let Seller’s delegates to inspect the received Goods at its place of business.
9. Force Majeure
9.1. Seller reserves the right to suspend the performance of its obligations when such performance becomes impossible or excessively burdensome because of unforeseeable events beyond its control, such as strikes, boycotts, lock-outs, fires, wars (declared or not), civil war, riots, revolutions, requisitions, embargo, energy black-outs, delays in the delivery of components or of raw materials.
9.2. The performance of Seller’s obligations should be considered excessively burdensome in the sense of the previous art.9.1 if the added cost Seller has to stand exceeds 10% of the final cost of the Goods it has to deliver.
10. Clause of Legislative Decree No. 231 of 2001
10.1 The Customer undertakes to comply strictly with the laws in force and declares, in particular, that it is aware of the content of Legislative Decree No. 231 of 2001 (Discipline of the administrative liability of legal persons, companies and associations also without legal personality, pursuant to Article 11 of Law No. 300 of 29 September 2000). Accordingly, the Customer is obliged to refrain from any unlawful conduct dependent on a crime governed by the aforementioned law, regardless of whether the crime has actually been committed and investigated or not.
10.2 The Client also declares that he/she is aware of the Code of Ethics of the Company - published on the website of ARAG S.r.l. - and undertakes to comply with it.
10.3 If the Client fails to comply with this obligation, ARAG S.r.l. shall consider this as a breach of the trust on which the relationship between the parties is based and a serious breach of these conditions, and may exercise the right to immediately terminate the agreement pursuant to Article 1456 of the Italian Civil Code. - as, moreover, provided for in the Company's document entitled "Sanctioning System" - as well as obtain an equitable amount to be determined as compensation for any damages suffered.
11. Compliance with the rules on the traceability of payments
11.1 Pursuant to Article 3. of Law No. 136/2010 on the traceability of financial flows, the Customer, in order to ensure the traceability of financial flows aimed at preventing criminal infiltration, undertakes to use one or more bank or postal current accounts, opened with banks or with the company Poste Italiane S.p.A., for all payments related to this contract, and to strictly comply with the provisions of the aforementioned article on the traceability of financial flows.
11.2 Any breach by the Customer of the aforesaid obligation, as well as of one or more of the obligations of traceability of financial flows set forth in Law No. 136/2010 and/or this contractual clause, shall constitute an express termination clause of this contract.
11.3 In the event of a breach by the Customer of the obligation to use banks or the company Poste Italiane Spa for all transactions, or in the event of a breach of one or more of the obligations of traceability of financial flows, pursuant to Art. 3. of Law no. 136/2010, ARAG S.r.l. shall immediately terminate the contractual relationship, simultaneously informing the Contracting Authority and the Prefecture-Territorial Office of the Government with territorial jurisdiction.
12.1. The Italian law courts where Seller has its registered offices shall have the exclusive jurisdiction in any action arising out of or in connection with this contract.
12.2. However, as an exception to the principle contained in art.12.1, Seller is in any case entitled to bring its action in front of the competent courts of the place where the Buyer has its registered offices.