GENERAL TERMS OF BUSINESS, DELIVERY AND ASSEMBLY CONDITIONS
GENERAL TERMS OF BUSINESS, DELIVERY AND ASSEMBLY CONDITIONS
protecfire GmbH, 23556 Lübeck
These General Terms of Business are only applicable with respect to:
natural persons and juristic persons who upon conclusion of the contract perform their commercial and/or independent professional activity and
juristic persons under public law or publicly legal separate assets.
These general Terms of Business and assembly conditions are applicable subject to other express, written agreements individual to the contract. In the absence of any other express, written agreements individual to the contract, protecfire will not be responsible for ensuring that the hardware or software of the delivery product is compatible with existing installation parts of the customer or for providing consultation for the customer in this respect or any other concerning the suitability and usability of the delivery product for the customer
All deliveries, services and assembly work are based not only upon any written agreements individual to the contract but also upon these General Terms of Business and assembly conditions. Any deviating and/or supplementary purchasing, assembly conditions and/or Terms of Business of the customer shall also not become part of the contract due to the acceptance of an order by protecfire, unless the validity thereof is expressly agreed in writing by protecfire. In the absence of a specific agreement, a contract is validated by protecfire’s written confirmation of an order.
protecfire reserves the right of ownership and copyright of samples, estimates, drawings and similar information of a material and immaterial nature also in an electronic format; access to this information must not be afforded to third parties. protecfire is obliged not to afford third parties access to information and documents identified by the customer as confidential unless otherwise agreed by the customer.
protecfire quotations are subject to alteration. Within reason, protecfire reserves the right to undertake technical modifications and deviations in shape, colour and/or weight.
Contracts are only concluded by protecfire subject to the accurate and punctual receipt of delivery from protecfire’s own suppliers. However, this only applies in the event that the late inwards delivery or non-delivery is not the fault of protecfire, and also in the event of congruent covering transactions between protecfire and the protecfire-supplier. In such cases, the customer shall be informed immediately regarding the non-availability of the delivery, the payment will be refunded without delay.
Price and payment
In the absence of any specific agreement, the prices are calculated on an ex-works basis including loading in the factory, but excluding packaging, transport and unloading. The respective legal level of VAT is added to the prices.
In the absence of any specific agreement, payment is to be effected without any deduction to the protecfire account.
The customer is only entitled to withhold payments or to set off debts with counterclaims if their counterclaims are established in an indisputable or legally valid manner.
In the event of a payment default, the customer must calculate interest on the financial debt at the rate of interest set down by law. However, protecfire reserves the right where appropriate to furnish evidence of and assert higher damages caused by default.
Delivery time, delay in delivery
The delivery time is established by the agreements reached between the contractual parties. The observance of delivery times by protecfire is subject to the prerequisite that all commercial and technical questions are clarified between the contractual parties and the customer has fulfilled all incumbent obligations, e.g. the production of the required official certificates and/or authorizations and/or the payment of a deposit. If this is not the case, then the delivery time will be extended accordingly. This does not apply if protecfire is responsible for the delay.
The observance of the delivery deadline is subject to the accurate and punctual inwards delivery of goods. The supplier shall provide notification as soon as possible of any delays which become apparent.
The delivery deadline is met if the delivery product has been despatched from the protecfire-factory by the date of expiry of said deadline or if an announcement is made indicating that the goods are ready for despatch. Where it is necessary to carry out an acceptance inspection, the acceptance inspection date – except in the event of justified refusal of acceptance – is definitive, alternatively a statement indicating that the delivery product is ready for the acceptance inspection.
If the shipment or the acceptance inspection of the delivery product is delayed for reasons attributable to the customer, then the customer shall bear the costs arising from the delay commencing one month after the announcement indicating that the goods are ready for despatch or the acceptance inspection.
If the delivery time is not met for reasons of force majeure, employment disputes or other eventualities beyond the control of protecfire, then the delivery time will be extended accordingly. protecfire will inform the customer as soon as possible of the commencement and end of such circumstances.
The customer is able to withdraw from the contract without setting a deadline if protecfire is unable to fulfil the service prior to the transfer of risk. Furthermore, the customer is able to withdraw from the contract if in the case of an order it is not possible to execute a part of the delivery and if the customer has a justified interest in refusing the partial delivery. If this is not the case, then the customer must pay the contractual price allocated to the partial delivery. The same applies in the event of incapacity on the part of protecfire. Section 7.2 also applies. Should this incapability or incapacity arise during the default in taking delivery or if the customer is solely or primarily responsible for these circumstances, then the customer remains obliged to effect payment of the valuable consideration.
If protecfire defaults and as a result the customer incurs damages, then the customer is entitled to demand a flat-rate payment to compensate for the default. For each full week of the delay, this amounts to 0.5 %, in total, however a maximum of 5 % of the value of the particular part of the overall delivery which as a result of the delay cannot be used at the correct time or under the terms set down in the contract. If – under consideration of exceptions laid down by law – the customer sets protecfire after the due date an appropriate deadline to provide a service and if the deadline is not observed, then the customer is entitled to withdraw from the contract within the scope of legal directives. Any further claims arising from a delay in delivery are determined exclusively in accordance with Section 7 of these conditions.
Transfer of risk, acceptance inspection
The risk is transferred to the customer, when the delivery product has left the factory and also when partial deliveries are effected or protecfire has taken on other services, e.g. shipping costs or delivery and assembly. Where an inspection has to be carried out, this is decisive with respect to the transfer of risk. The inspection must be carried out immediately at the time of acceptance inspection, alternatively after the protecfire announcement indicating that the delivery product is ready for the acceptance inspection. The customer must not refuse the acceptance unless there is a significant deficiency.
If the shipment or acceptance inspection is delayed or not carried out as a result of circum- stances not attributable to protecfire, the risk is transferred to the customer from the date of the announcement that the goods are ready for shipment or the acceptance inspection. protecfire is obliged to take out insurance policies at the cost of the customer if so required.
Partial deliveries are permitted where deemed reasonable for the customer.
Reservation of proprietary rights
protecfire reserves the right to ownership of the delivery product until all payments arising from the delivery contract have been received and all outstanding demands arising from the on-going business relationship have been met. Any maintenance and/or inspection work required has to be carried out regularly by the customer at their own cost and the customer must treat the delivery product with due care and attention.
The customer is entitled to sell on the delivery product in the ordinary course of business but is not entitled to pledge or to transfer ownership thereof to third parties for the provision of security. The customer shall then assign to protecfire all payments to the amount of the value of the invoice which the customer has accrued by the sale of the delivery products to third parties. protecfire hereby assumes the assignment. According to this assignment, the customer initially remains authorized to collect the payment. However, protecfire reserves the right to collect payment themselves, as soon as the customer does not duly fulfil their payment obligations with respect to protecfire and falls into arrears.
Any machining and/or processing by the customer is always only performed in the name of and on behalf of protecfire until settlement of all outstanding payments by protecfire to the customer, wherein any liability of the customer arising from or on the basis of such ma- chining and/or processing in the legal relationship with any participating third parties remains exclusively with the customer, where it is legally possible to exclude any direct liability on the part of protecfire. If processing is performed using objects not belonging to protecfire, then protecfire acquires joint ownership of the new object in a ratio of the value of the protecfire-supplied delivery product with respect to the other processed products. The same applies if the delivery product is mixed with other products which do not belong to protecfire.
protecfire is entitled to insure the delivery product at the cost of the customer to protect against theft, breakage, fire, water and other damage, unless the customer themselves can furnish evidence that the insurance policy has been taken out.
The customer must not pledge the delivery product or transfer the ownership thereof for the provision of security. Any seizure and confiscation or other orders by third parties must be reported immediately to protecfire by the customer; the same applies to the change of ownership of the goods and when the residence and the customer’s registered office of business changes.
If the customer contravenes the contractual agreement, in particular in the event of payment default, protecfire is entitled to take back the delivery product after the default has occurred and the customer is obligated to surrender possession thereof.
On the basis of the reservation of proprietary rights, protecfire is only able to reclaim the delivery product, if protecfire has withdrawn from the contract beforehand.
The request to open insolvency proceedings entitles protecfire to withdraw from the contract and to demand the immediate return of the delivery product.
Guarantee and Claims for Defects
The term of the guarantee amounts to one year from delivery for new and used objects. This does not apply if the customer has not notified protecfire of the obvious defect in due time (following 6.2 of this provision).
The customer must report obvious defects in writing within two weeks of receipt of the goods; otherwise the assertion of the claim for damages under the guarantee is excluded. However, the customer bears the full burden of proof for all claim requirements, particularly for the defect itself, for the point in time of the determination of the defect and for the promptness of the notification of defects.
protecfire compensates for defects of goods by improvement or replacement, initially at protecfire’s discretion.
If the customer chooses to withdraw from the agreement due to a defect in title or quality following a failed attempt to remedy the defect, he is entitled to no further claim for damages relating to the defect. This does not apply if the damage is as a result of: wilful and knowing neglect of duty on the part of protecfire, gross negligence of the owner/branch divisions/ the legal representatives or executives, injury to life, body and health owing to negligence, an infringement of the warranty statements issued, circumstances on account of which liability is automatically laid down according to the product liability law, or the infringement of important contractual obligations (cardinal obligations). Furthermore Paragraph 7 of these conditions applies.
If the customer chooses to claim for damages, following a failed attempt to remedy the defect, the goods shall remain with the customer, if this is reasonable for him. The damage claim, insofar as it is not excluded under these General Terms of Business, is restricted to the difference between the purchase price and the value of the defective object. This does not apply if the damage relates to malicious breach of contract on the part of protecfire.
For defects in quality and in title of the delivery excluding further claims – subject to Section 7 – protecfire provides the following guarantee:
Defects in quality
All of those parts, which as a result of a situation prior to the transfer of risk turn out to be deficient, are to be improved free of charge or are to be replaced without any deficiencies according to the discretion of protecfire. protecfire is to be informed immediately in writing when such deficiencies are established. Replaced parts become the property of protecfire.
Within the scope of the legal directives, the customer has a right to withdraw from the contract, if – under consideration of exceptions laid down by law – protecfire simply allows a corresponding deadline to pass which has been set for improving the products or for providing a replacement delivery arising from a defect in quality. If the deficiency in quality is not significant, then the customer only has the right to reduce the contractual price. In other circumstances, there is no right to reduce the contractual price. Further claims are determined according to Section 7.2 of these conditions.
No responsibility is accepted in particular for the following cases: unsuitable or incorrect usage, erroneous assembly or commissioning by the customer or third parties, natural wear and tear, erroneous or negligent treatment, incorrect maintenance, unsuitable operating media, deficiencies in construction work, unsuitable foundation, chemical, electro-chemical or electrical influences, corrosion, erosion, pitting and damage to seals and/or moving parts, insofar as such damage is associated with chemical and/or mechanical loading or the natural ageing process of the parts used – unless they are the responsibility of the supplier.
If the customer or a third party does not improve the products appropriately, there is no liability on the part of protecfire for the consequences arising therefrom. The same applies to any modifications to the delivery product undertaken without the prior agreement of protecfire.
Defects in title
If the use of the delivery product leads to the infringement of commercial protective rights or copyright on a domestic level, protecfire will, at their own costs, acquire for the customer in essence the right for further usage or will modify the delivery product in a manner deemed reasonable for the customer, such that protective rights are no longer infringed. If this is not possible with respect to economically appropriate conditions or within an appropriate time period, the customer is entitled to withdraw from the contract. Under the stated conditions, protecfire also has a right to withdraw from the contract. Furthermore, protecfire will release the customer from undisputed or legally established claims made by the relevant proprietors of the protective rights.
The obligations of protecfire as set forth in Section 6.6.1 are concluding subject to Section 7.4 in the event of an infringement of protective rights or copyright and are applicable only if
the customer informs protecfire immediately of any asserted infringements of protective rights or copyright,
the customer supports protecfire in the appropriate manner in defending the asserted claims or allows protecfire to carry out the modifications in accordance with Section 6.6.1,
protecfire decides on all of the defensive measures to be undertaken including out- of-court settlements,
the defect in title is not based upon an instruction by the customer, and
the legal infringement is not caused by virtue of the fact that the customer has altered the delivery product without proper authority or has used it in a manner not agreed within the scope of the contract.
Liability on the part of protecfire, exclusions to liability
If the customer is not able to use the delivery product as per the contractual agreement owing to a failing on the part of protecfire as a result of the failure to act or failure to act correctly on proposals or consultation undertaken before or after the conclusion of the contract or as a result of the infringement of other supplementary contractual obligations, in particular instructions for operation and maintenance of the delivery product, then the regulations of Sections 6 and 7.4 apply accordingly with the exclusion of further claims by the customer.
Upon consultation with protecfire, the customer has to provide the required time and opportunity to undertake all of the improvements and replacement deliveries deemed necessary by protecfire; otherwise protecfire is released from the liability for the consequences arising therefrom. Only in serious cases where operational security is at risk or for the purpose of defending against excessive damages, wherein protecfire is to be informed immediately, does the customer have the right to resolve the deficiency themselves or to achieve this using third parties and to demand from protecfire reimbursement of the costs incurred.
Of the direct costs arising from the improvements carried out or the replacement delivery, protecfire shall bear the costs of the replacement part including shipment if the complaint turns out to be justified. protecfire shall also bear the costs of the removal and installation and the costs for the necessary provision of fitters and support teams including travel costs within the bounds of necessity and insofar as the improvement is not unreasonable for protecfire.
For damages which have not occurred directly on the delivery and/or assembly product itself protecfire shall only take responsibility – whatever the legal reasons – in the following cases according to the following conditions:
gross negligence of the owners / branch divisions or executives,
injury to life, body, health owing to negligence,
deficiencies which protecfire has malevolently concealed or which protecfire has guaranteed should not exist,
deficiencies in the delivery product, insofar as liability is assumed according to product liability law for personal and material damages to privately utilised objects; however, for the culpable infringement of fundamental contractual obligations protecfire shall – even in the case of gross negligence of non-executives and in the event of inconsequential negligence – in the case of culpable infringement of important contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) – only take responsibility in these cases limited to the damage which is deemed to be within the scope of the contract and can reasonably be predicted.
Unless the compulsory legal liability of protecfire is prescribed, this liability on the part of protecfire is not applicable, if the customer infringes subsequently cited obligations. The functional capability of installations supplied by protecfire must be checked regularly at the time intervals listed in the works logbook and according to the specified method. These checking procedures, such as e.g. actuation of extinguishing systems or installation failures and/or other technical occurrences are to be recorded immediately in the works logbook detailing the precise time. Unless infringed by the customer, any claims on the part of the customer – notwithstanding and subject to the terms in Section 7.4 – are excluded if damage or an event is associated with such circumstances which are linked or can be linked upon routine inspection of the delivery product and documentation of specific technical occurrences which have to be documented.
The following applies to all liabilities for damages on the part of protecfire: protecfire has a liability insurance policy. As long as and insofar as this contract of insurance covers (also in terms of the current insured sum) the risk of damages deemed to be within the scope of the contract (also in terms of the level) the liability of protecfire – taking into account the typical provisions under Item 7 – is restricted to performance arising from the insurance policy. In relation to the performance owed from the contract of insurance, should the liability insurer be exempt from performance for reasons concerning protecfire, protecfire shall afford subsidiary liability but this will be subject to the restrictions referred to above, in particular section 7.4.
Utilisation of software The following terms also apply in addition to the above terms:
Where software is included in the scope of the delivery, the customer is afforded a non-exclusive right to utilise the supplied software together with the associated documentation. The software is provided for use with the specific delivery product. It is forbidden to use the software on more than one system.
The customer is only allowed to copy, revise, translate or convert the software from object code to source code within legally permitted parameters (§§ 69 a. ff. UrhG [copyright law]). The customer is obliged not remove any references to the manufacturer – in particular copyright symbols – and not to modify them without the prior express agreement of protecfire.
All other rights to the software and the documentation including the copies belong to protecfire or the software provider. The granting of sub-licenses is not permitted.
Assembly conditions The following terms also apply in addition to the above terms
The assembly price is calculated on a time basis in accordance with protecfire assembly rates valid at that time, unless a flat-rate price is expressly agreed.
The agreed sums do not include VAT which is also to be paid to protecfire at the level prescribed by law.
Cooperation of the customer
The customer has to support at their own cost the assembly staff during the assembly process.
The customer must take the specific measures required to ensure the protection of persons and material assets at the assembly location. The customer must also inform the head of the assembly team about any specific safety directives in place, where these are significant to the assembly staff. The customer is to inform the assembly contractor of any contraventions of such safety directives committed by the assembly staff. For serious contraventions, the customer is entitled to refuse the offending party entry to the assembly site upon consultation with the head of the assembly team.
Technical assistance provided by the customer
The customer is obliged at their own cost to provide technical assistance, in particular:
to provide the necessary appropriate support team (switching authority, overseer) in the required number for the assembly process and for the required period of time; the support team must adhere to the instructions provided by the head of the assembly team. protecfire shall not accept any responsibility for the support team. If the support team causes a problem or damage as a result of instructions provided by the head of the assembly team, then Section 7 and Section 8 apply.
to undertake all scaffolding work including the procurement of the necessary building materials.
to provide the required apparatus and heavy tools (e.g. lifting tools, compressors).
to provide heating, lighting, power, water including the necessary connections.
to provide the necessary, dry and lockable rooms for storing the tools of the assembly staff.
to transport the assembly parts to the assembly location, to protect the assembly site and materials against damage of any type, to clean the assembly site.
to provide suitable, secure sitting rooms and working rooms (with heating, lighting and washing and sanitary facilities) and First Aid for the assembly staff.
to provide the materials and to undertake all other activities required for regulating the product to be assembled and to carry out a trial as provided under the terms of the contract.
The technical assistance provided by the customer must ensure that the assembly procedure can be commenced immediately after the arrival of the assembly staff and can be performed without delay up to the point of acceptance by the customer. The customer is to make avail- able at the appropriate time any particular spaces or instructions for protecfire where required.
If the customer does not fulfil their obligations, then after the setting of a deadline, protecfire is entitled but not obliged to carry out the activities, which the customer is obliged to carry out, in place of and at cost to the customer. Furthermore, protecfire reserves the right to any legal rights and claims.
Spark detection and/or extinguishing systems are components of the protected installations and/or technical apparatus; they are not and also do not become a part of the building as a result of their installation.
Deadline for the assembly, delay to the assembly.
The deadline for the assembly is deemed to be met if by the date of expiry of the deadline the assembly is ready for acceptance inspection by the customer, where a trial is to be performed under the terms of the contract.
If the assembly is delayed due to measures relating to employment disputes, in particular strikes and lockouts, and due to circumstances outside the control of protecfire, then an appropriate extension of the assembly deadline comes into effect where such problems are shown to influence the completion of the assembly process significantly; this also applies if such circumstances occur after protecfire has defaulted.
If the customer incurs damages as a result of a default by protecfire, then the customer is entitled to demand a flat-rate payment as compensation for the default. For each full week of delay, this amounts to 0.5 %, in total, however a maximum of 5 % of the assembly price for the particular part of the installation to be assembled by the assembly contractor, which part cannot be utilized at the right time as a result of the delay.
If – under consideration of the exceptions laid down by law – the customer sets protecfire after the due date an appropriate deadline to provide a service and if the deadline is not observed, then the customer is entitled to withdraw from the contract within the scope of the legal directives.
Further claims arising from default are determined exclusively according to Section 7.4 of these conditions.
The customer is obliged to inspect the assembly as soon as the customer has been informed of its completion and a trial of the assembled product as set forth under the terms of the contract has taken place. If the assembly proves not to be within the scope of the contract, then protecfire is obliged to resolve the deficiency. This does not apply if the deficiency is not significant to the interests of the customer or is based upon a situation which is attributable to the customer. If the deficiency is not significant, then the customer is not able to refuse the official acceptance.
If the acceptance inspection is delayed through no fault of protecfire, then the official acceptance is deemed to have taken place after a period of two weeks after notice of completion of the assembly process.
The official acceptance discharges protecfire of any responsibility for recognizable deficiencies, unless the customer has reserved the right to assert a specific deficiency.
Upon official acceptance of the assembly, protecfire shall take responsibility for deficiencies in the assembly excluding all other claims by the customer notwithstanding No. 9.6.5 hereinafter and Section 7.4 such that it is the responsibility of the customer to resolve these deficiencies. The customer must inform protecfire immediately of any deficiency which has been discovered.
protecfire shall not be held responsible if the deficiency is not significant to the interests of the customer or is based upon a situation which is attributable to the customer.
For any modifications or commissioning work undertaken by the customer or third parties contrary to due procedure without authorization by protecfire, protecfire shall not be held liable for the consequences arising therefrom. Only in serious cases of a risk to operational security and for the purpose of defending against excessive damages, wherein protecfire is to be informed immediately, or if protecfire has allowed an appropriate deadline to pass which has been set by the customer to resolve a deficiency, does the customer have the right to resolve the deficiency themselves or to use third parties to do so and also have the right to demand from protecfire the reimbursement of the costs incurred.
Of the direct costs incurred as a result of resolving a deficiency, protecfire shall bear the costs of the replacement part including shipment if the complaint turns out to be justified. protecfire will also bear the costs of the removal and installation and the costs for the necessary provision of fitters and support teams including travel costs, unless this constitutes a disproportionate financial burden on the part of protecfire.
If – under consideration of the exceptions laid down by law – protecfire simply allows an appropriate deadline set for the removal of the deficiency to pass, then within the scope of the legal directives the customer has a right to a reduction in price. The customer’s right to a reduction in price also applies in other cases where there is a failure to eliminate the deficiency. Only when the assembly can be shown to be of no interest to the customer despite the reduction in price, is the customer able to withdraw from the contract.
Compensation provision by the customer If through no fault of protecfire the apparatus or tools supplied by protecfire are damaged at the assembly site or they are lost through no fault of protecfire, then the customer is obliged to compensate for these damages. Damages which are caused by normal wear and tear are excluded.
All claims made by the customer – for whatever legal reasons – become statute-barred in 12 months. The deadlines laid down by law apply to claims for compensation in accordance with Section 7.4.1 to 7.4.5. They also apply for deficiencies in a structure or for delivery products which have been utilised according to their conventional mode of usage for a structure and have caused the deficiency in said structure.
Applicable law, place of jurisdiction
For all legal relationships between protecfire and the customer, the law of the Federal Republic of Germany which is definitive for the legal relationships between parties within the country applies exclusively; the provisions of the UN Purchasing Law are not applicable.
The place of jurisdiction is the court competent for the registered office of protecfire. However, protecfire is entitled if they so wish to instigate legal proceedings at the court competent in the area in which the customer’s headquarters are situated.
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