Terms and Conditions
Direct Charcoal Limited Terms & Conditions of Sale
The Buyer’s attention is in particular drawn to the provisions of condition 10.
1.1The definitions and rules of interpretation in this condition apply in these conditions.
the person, firm or company who purchases the Goods from the Company.
Direct Charcoal Limited of Vincent Works, Brough, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 9HG.
any contract between the Company and the Buyer for the sale and purchase of the Goods, incorporating these conditions.
“Delivery Point”;the place where delivery of the Goods is to take place under condition 4.
any goods agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Buyer by the Company (including any part or parts of them).
1.2A reference to a particular law is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.
1.3Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.
1.4A reference to one gender includes a reference to the other gender.
1.5Condition headings do not affect the interpretation of these conditions.
2.Application of terms
2.1Subject to any variation under condition 2.3 the Contract shall be on these conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms or conditions which the Buyer purports to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document).
2.2No terms or conditions endorsed on, delivered with or contained in the Buyer’s purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document shall form part of the Contract simply as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract.
2.3These conditions apply to all the Company’s sales and any variation to these conditions and any representations about the Goods shall have no effect unless expressly agreed in writing and signed by a director of the Company. The Buyer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Company which is not set out in the Contract. Nothing in this condition shall exclude or limit the Company’s liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
2.4Each order or acceptance of a quotation for Goods by the Buyer from the Company shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to buy Goods subject to these conditions.
2.5No order placed by the Buyer shall be effective until accepted by the Company or until the Company delivers the Goods to the Buyer whichever is the earlier.
2.6The Buyer shall ensure that the terms of its order and any applicable specification are complete and accurate.
2.7Any quotation is given on the basis that no Contract shall come into existence until the Company accepts the order placed by the Buyer. Any quotation is valid for a period of 30 days only from its date, provided that the Company has not previously withdrawn it.
3.1The quantity and description of the Goods shall be as set out in the Company’s quotation.
3.2All samples, drawings, descriptive matter, specifications and advertising issued by the Company and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the Company’s catalogues or brochures are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract and this is not a sale by sample.
4.1Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company, delivery of the Goods shall take place at the Company’s place of business.
4.2The Buyer shall take delivery of the Goods within seven working days of the Company giving it notice that the Goods are ready for delivery.
4.3Any dates specified by the Company for delivery of the Goods are intended to be an estimate and time for delivery shall not be made of the essence by notice. If no dates are so specified, delivery shall be within a reasonable time.
4.4Subject to the other provisions of these conditions the Company shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and similar loss), costs, damages, charges or expenses caused directly or indirectly by any delay in the delivery of the Goods (even if caused by the Company’s negligence), nor shall any delay entitle the Buyer to terminate or rescind the Contract unless such delay exceeds 180 days.
4.5If for any reason the Buyer fails to accept delivery of any of the Goods when they are ready for delivery, or the Company is unable to deliver the Goods on time because the Buyer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorisations:
4.5.1risk in the Goods shall pass to the Buyer (including for loss or damage caused by the Company’s negligence);
4.5.2the Goods shall be deemed to have been delivered; and
4.5.3the Company may store the Goods until delivery, whereupon the Buyer shall be liable for all related costs and expenses (including, without limitation, storage and insurance).
4.6The Buyer shall provide at the Delivery Point and at its expense adequate and appropriate equipment and manual labour for loading the Goods.
4.7If the Company delivers to the Buyer a quantity of Goods of up to 10% more or less than the quantity accepted by the Company, the Buyer shall not be entitled to object to or reject the Goods or any of them by reason of the surplus or shortfall and shall pay for such goods at the pro rata Contract rate.
4.8The Company may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
4.9Each instalment shall be a separate Contract and no cancellation or termination of any one Contract relating to an instalment shall entitle the Buyer to repudiate or cancel any other Contract or instalment.
5.1The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded by the Company on despatch from the Company’s place of business shall be conclusive evidence of the quantity received by the Buyer on delivery unless the Buyer can provide conclusive evidence proving the contrary.
5.2The Company shall not be liable for any non-delivery of Goods (even if caused by the Company’s negligence) unless the Buyer gives written notice to the Company of the non-delivery within two working days of the date when the Goods would in the ordinary course of events have been received.
5.3Any liability of the Company for non-delivery of the Goods shall be limited to replacing the Goods within a reasonable time or issuing a credit note at the pro rata Contract rate against any invoice raised for such Goods.
6.1The Goods are at the risk of the Buyer from the time of delivery.
6.2Ownership of the Goods shall not pass to the Buyer until the Company has received in full (in cash or cleared funds) all sums due to it in respect of:
6.2.1the Goods; and
6.2.2all other sums which are or which become due to the Company from the Buyer on any account.
6.3Until ownership of the Goods has passed to the Buyer, the Buyer shall:
6.3.1hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as the Company’s bailee;
6.3.2store the Goods (at no cost to the Company) separately from all other goods of the Buyer or any third party in such a way that they remain readily identifiable as the Company’s property;
6.3.3not destroy, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods; and
6.3.4maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured on the Company’s behalf for their full price against all risks to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company. On request the Buyer shall produce the policy of insurance to the Company.
6.4The Buyer may resell the Goods before ownership has passed to it solely on the following conditions:
6.4.1any sale shall be effected in the ordinary course of the Buyer’s business at full market value; and
6.4.2any such sale shall be a sale of the Company’s property on the Buyer’s own behalf and the Buyer shall deal as principal when making such a sale.
6.5The Buyer’s right to possession of the Goods shall terminate immediately if:
6.5.1the Buyer has a bankruptcy order made against him or makes an arrangement or composition with his creditors, or otherwise takes the benefit of any statutory provision for the time being in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, or (being a body corporate) convenes a meeting of creditors (whether formal or informal), or enters into liquidation (whether voluntary or compulsory) except a solvent voluntary liquidation for the purpose only of reconstruction or amalgamation, or has a receiver and/or manager, administrator or administrative receiver appointed of its undertaking or any part thereof, or documents are filed with the court for the appointment of an administrator of the Buyer or notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Buyer or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder (as defined in paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986), or a resolution is passed or a petition presented to any court for the winding-up of the Buyer or for the granting of an administration order in respect of the Buyer, or any proceedings are commenced relating to the insolvency or possible insolvency of the Buyer; or
6.5.2the Buyer suffers or allows any execution, whether legal or equitable, to be levied on his/its property or obtained against him/it, or fails to observe or perform any of his/its obligations under the Contract or any other contract between the Company and the Buyer, or is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or the Buyer ceases to trade; or
6.5.3the Buyer encumbers or in any way charges any of the Goods.
6.6The Company shall be entitled to recover payment for the Goods notwithstanding that ownership of any of the Goods has not passed from the Company.
6.7The Buyer grants the Company, its agents and employees an irrevocable licence at any time to enter any premises where the Goods are or may be stored in order to inspect them, or, where the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, to recover them.
6.8Where the Company is unable to determine whether any Goods are the goods in respect of which the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, the Buyer shall be deemed to have sold all goods of the kind sold by the Company to the Buyer in the order in which they were invoiced to the Buyer.
6.9On termination of the Contract, howsoever caused, the Company’s (but not the Buyer’s) rights contained in this condition 6 shall remain in effect.
7.1Unless otherwise agreed by the Company in writing, the price for the Goods shall be the price quoted by the Company for the date of delivery or deemed delivery of each order.
7.2Unless specifically included in the Company’s quotation, the price for the Goods shall be exclusive of any value added tax and all costs or charges in relation to packaging, loading, unloading, carriage and insurance, all of which amounts the Buyer shall pay in addition when it is due to pay for the Goods.
8.1Subject to condition 8.4, payment of the price for the Goods is due in pounds sterling within 45 days of the date of the Company’s invoice.
8.2Time for payment shall be of the essence.
8.3No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Company has received cleared funds.
8.4All payments payable to the Company under the Contract shall become due immediately on its termination despite any other provision.
8.5The Buyer shall make all payments due under the Contract in full without any deduction whether by way of set-off, counterclaim, discount, abatement or otherwise unless the Buyer has a valid court order requiring an amount equal to such deduction to be paid by the Company to the Buyer.
8.6If the Buyer fails to pay the Company any sum due pursuant to the Contract, the Buyer shall be liable to pay interest to the Company on such sum from the due date for payment at the annual rate of 4% above the base lending rate from time to time of National Westminster Bank Plc, accruing on a daily basis until payment is made, whether before or after any judgment. The Company reserves the right to claim interest under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
9.1Where the Company is not the manufacturer of the Goods, the Company shall endeavour to transfer to the Buyer the benefit of any warranty or guarantee given to the Company.
9.2The Company warrants that (subject to the other provisions of these conditions) on delivery the Goods shall:
9.2.1be of satisfactory quality within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979; and
9.2.2be reasonably fit for purpose.
9.3The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 9.2 unless:
9.3.1the Buyer gives written notice of the defect to the Company, and, if the defect is as a result of damage in transit to the carrier, within five working days of the time when the Buyer discovers or ought to have discovered the defect; and
9.3.2the Company is given a reasonable opportunity after receiving the notice of examining such Goods and the Buyer (if asked to do so by the Company) returns such Goods to the Company’s place of business at the Company’s cost for the examination to take place there.
9.4The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 9.2 if:
9.4.1the Buyer makes any further use of such Goods after giving such notice; or
9.4.2the defect arises because the Buyer failed to follow the Company’s oral or written instructions as to the storage, or use of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice; or
9.4.3the Buyer alters such Goods without the written consent of the Company.
9.5Subject to condition 9.3 and condition 9.4, if any of the Goods do not conform with the any of the warranties in condition 9.2 the Company shall at its option replace such Goods (or the defective part) or refund the price of such Goods at the pro rata Contract rate provided that, if the Company so requests, the Buyer shall, at the Company’s expense, return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to the Company.
9.6If the Company complies with condition 9.5 it shall have no further liability for a breach of the any of the warranties in condition 9.2 in respect of such Goods.
10.Limitation of liability
10.1Subject to condition 4, condition 5 and condition 9, the following provisions set out the entire financial liability of the Company (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to the Buyer in respect of:
10.1.1any breach of these conditions;
10.1.2any use made or resale by the Buyer of any of the Goods, or of any product incorporating any of the Goods; and
10.1.3any representation, statement or tortious act or omission including negligence arising under or in connection with the Contract.
10.2All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law (save for the conditions implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979) are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
10.3Nothing in these conditions excludes or limits the liability of the Company:
10.3.1for death or personal injury caused by the Company’s negligence; or
10.3.2under section 2(3), Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
10.3.3for any matter which it would be illegal for the Company to exclude or attempt to exclude its liability; or
10.3.4for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
10.4Subject to condition 10.2 and condition 10.3:
10.4.1the Company’s total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to the Contract price; and
10.4.2the Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for loss of profit, loss of business, or depletion of goodwill in each case whether direct, indirect or consequential, or [any claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the Contract.
11.1The Company may assign the Contract or any part of it to any person, firm or company.
11.2The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the Contract or any part of it without the prior written consent of the Company.
The Company reserves the right to defer the date of delivery or to cancel the Contract or reduce the volume of the Goods ordered by the Buyer (without liability to the Buyer) if it is prevented from or delayed in the carrying on of its business due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Company including, without limitation, acts of God, governmental actions, war or national emergency, acts of terrorism, protests, riot, civil commotion, fire, explosion, flood, epidemic, lock-outs, strikes or other labour disputes (whether or not relating to either party’s workforce), or restraints or delays affecting carriers or inability or delay in obtaining supplies of adequate or suitable materials, provided that, if the event in question continues for a continuous period in excess of  days, the Buyer shall be entitled to give notice in writing to the Company to terminate the Contract.
13.1Each right or remedy of the Company under the Contract is without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Company whether under the Contract or not.
13.2If any provision of the Contract is found by any court, tribunal or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be wholly or partly illegal, invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable it shall to the extent of such illegality, invalidity, voidness, voidability, unenforceability or unreasonableness be deemed severable and the remaining provisions of the Contract and the remainder of such provision shall continue in full force and effect.
13.3Failure or delay by the Company in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of the Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under the Contract.
13.4Any waiver by the Company of any breach of, or any default under, any provision of the Contract by the Buyer shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default and shall in no way affect the other terms of the Contract.
13.5The parties to the Contract do not intend that any term of the Contract shall be enforceable by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person that is not a party to it.
13.6The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all aspects of the Contract shall be governed by English law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
14.1All communications between the parties about the Contract shall be in writing and delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid first class post or sent by fax or e-mail:
14.1.1(in case of communications to the Company) to its registered office or e-mail address or such changed address as shall be notified to the Buyer by the Company; or
14.1.2(in the case of the communications to the Buyer) to the registered office of the addressee (if it is a company) or (in any other case) to any address or e-mail address of the Buyer set out in any document which forms part of the Contract or such other address as shall be notified to the Company by the Buyer.
14.2Communications shall be deemed to have been received:
14.2.1if sent by pre-paid first class post, two days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting); or
14.2.2if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery; or
14.2.3if sent by fax or e-mail on a working day prior to 4.00 pm, at the time of transmission and otherwise on the next working day.
Communications addressed to the Company shall be marked for the attention of the Company Secretary