1. Applicability of these General Conditions
1.1 These conditions apply, to the exclusion of any other conditions, to all offers, agreements and deliveries regarding products created or offered by the seller.
1.2 The following definitions are used in these General Conditions:
2. Offers and agreements
2.1 An offer or quotation will be without commitment, unless it relates to a Consumer Purchase, and will be valid during the specified term or while stocks last.
2.2 Unless the Seller has expressly stated another manner of conclusion, agreements between the Seller and the Buyer will be concluded upon written confirmation by the Seller, including confirmation by e-mail. An automatically generated electronic order confirmation will not serve as such confirmation. The Seller reserves the right to refuse an order.
2.3 The Seller will have the right to make use of third parties in the performance of the agreement. Any and all rights and claims stipulated in these Conditions and in any further agreements for the benefit of the Seller will equally apply to any agents and other third parties engaged by the Seller.
3. Price adjustments
3.1 If the prices of raw materials or wages, import duties, taxes or other external costs increase after the conclusion of the agreement (whether or not due to currency fluctuations), the Seller will have the right to adjust the purchase price to that increase.
3.2 The Seller must inform the Buyer of such a circumstance as soon as possible, after which the Buyer will have the right to dissolve the agreement, unless it has been stipulated that the delivery will take place more than 3 (three) months after the purchase or the increase is due to a statutory price increase.
4.1 Specified delivery and other terms will not be of the essence, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing. If a term is exceeded, the Buyer must therefore give the Seller written notice of default.
4.2 If the Seller requires information from the Buyer for the performance of the agreement, or if full or partial payment in advance has been stipulated, the delivery term will not commence until the Seller has received the correct and full information or the payment in advance.
4.3 Delivery to non-consumers will take place the moment the products have left the Seller’s storage space. Delivery to Consumers will take place at the address stated by the Buyer upon the conclusion of the agreement, including delivery at the post office or at neighbours/third parties specified by the Buyer on the grounds of absence. The risk in the products delivered will pass to the Buyer on the moment of delivery.
4.4 If the Buyer refuses to take delivery, the Seller may charge him the resulting costs. In that case the Seller will also have the right to dissolve the agreement, without prejudice to his right to claim full damages.
5. Retention of title
5.1 All products delivered will remain the Seller’s property until the Buyer has fulfilled all his obligations towards the Seller under the agreement.
5.2 If the Buyer is acting in the conduct of his profession or business (non-consumer), the following applies:
6. Dissolution and return of products
6.1 The Buyer may amend or cancel an order only with the Seller’s prior consent. If the Seller has already incurred costs or will incur costs as a result of the amendment or cancellation, the Seller may charge those cost to the Buyer.
6.2 In the event of Distance Purchase, the Buyer will have the right to dissolve the purchase in writing, without stating any reason, within seven working days of receipt of the product. If the purchase price has already been paid, it will we be repaid as soon as possible but no later than thirty days after the dissolution, unless the Seller has reason to believe that the products returned have already been opened or used, or have been damaged due to any act on the part of the Buyer.
6.3 Article 6.2 will not apply to the Distance Purchase of:
6.4 Products delivered may be returned only with the Seller’s prior written consent, whereby the Seller will have the right to give instructions regarding the manner of shipment. The direct costs involved in the return shipment of the products in the context of this Article will be payable by the Buyer, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing.
7.1 The Seller may at any time demand full or partial payment in advance or cash on delivery.
7.2 If products are delivered on account, the invoice amount must be paid within 14 days, without the Buyer being entitled to any discount or setoff.
7.3 If the Seller has not received (full) payment at the end of the payment period, the Buyer will be in default and will owe interest equal to the statutory interest rate that applies to consumer or business transactions, depending on the nature of the Buyer. All costs incurred by the Seller in connection with late payment, such as procedural costs and judicial and extrajudicial costs, including the costs of legal assistance, bailiffs and debt collection agencies, will be payable by the Buyer. The extrajudicial costs are set at a minimum of 10% of the invoice amount, subject to a minimum of € 150, excluding VAT.
8. Right of suspension and dissolution
8.1 In addition to the provisions regarding force majeure and the provisions of Article 6, the Seller will have the right to suspend (in full or in part) the performance of its obligations under all agreements that exist between the parties or to dissolve those agreements in full or in part without any notice of default or judicial intervention being required:
8.2 In the cases referred to in paragraph 8.1 any obligations of the Buyer will furthermore fall due immediately and the Seller will not be required to pay any damages. The latter will not apply in the event of dissolution on the grounds of circumstances for which the Consumer cannot be blamed.
9 Guarantees and complaints
9.1 The products to be supplied by the Seller will meet the customer requirements and standards that can reasonably be set at the moment of delivery and for which they are intended in the event of normal use. If applicable, guarantee provisions of suppliers and third parties, such as producers and importers, will apply to the products supplied by the Seller.
9.2 In the event of use outside the Netherlands, the Buyer itself must verify whether the products are suitable for use there and whether they meet the conditions and the applicable statutory and other requirements.
9.3 The Buyer will be required to inspect the products delivered immediately after receipt. Any defects established must be reported to the Seller in writing, stating the reasons, within ten days or in the case of external defects immediately. In the case of Consumer Purchase, a twomonth period applies after the establishment of any defects.
9.4 If it has been proven that a product is not in conformity with the agreement and the complaint was filed in a timely manner, the Seller may, at its option, replace the product in question, arrange for repairs, or refund the invoice price plus any shipping costs paid.
9.5 All data, designs and images regarding colours, materials, dimensions and finishing will be for information purposes only. Divergences will not be reason for rejection, discount, dissolution of the agreement or damages if such divergences are minor.
9.6 Warranty does not apply if:
10 Intellectual property rights
10.1 The Buyer expressly acknowledges that all intellectual and/or industrial property rights in respect of the products, materials and information made available to the Buyer by the Seller, including samples, packaging, labels and designs (and their appearance), the composition and/or specifications of samples, products and semi-finished products, as well as technical and commercial know-how, models, moulds, designs and patterns, vest in the Seller, its supplier or other parties entitled.
10.2 If and insofar as the Seller manufactures products or packaging on the basis of express instructions given by the Buyer, such as specifications, designs, sketches, models or patterns provided by the Buyer, the Buyer warrants that no third-party rights will be infringed. The Buyer indemnifies the Seller against any third-party claims in this context and will reimburse all costs incurred by the Seller in connection with such claims.
11. Liability for damage
11.1 The Seller will not be liable for damage caused:
11.2 Only direct loss attributable to the Seller will qualify for compensation. Seller is not responsible for damage caused by third party materials or parts. by Any and all liability for indirect loss, including but not limited to consequential loss, loss of profits, damaged or lost data or materials, and loss of proceeds is excluded. In the case of Consumer Purchase the scope of this provision will be limited to that permitted under Article 7:24(2) of the Dutch Civil Code.
11.3 Insofar as the Seller is liable for the reimbursement of loss, that loss will be limited to the invoice amount for the delivery or partial delivery in question, on the understanding that that amount will not exceed € 45,000 and will in any event be limited to the amount that the insurer pays the Seller in the case in question.
11.4 The Buyer indemnifies the Seller against any and all claims from third parties that incur losses in connection with the performance of the agreement and for the cause of which the Buyer is to blame.
11.5 The limitations recorded in Article 11.1 to 11.14 will not apply:
12 Force majeure
12.1 If the Seller is unable to perform the agreement due to an event of force majeure, it will have the right to suspend its obligations until the event of force majeure has ended. If that period lasts longer than two months, either of the parties will have the right to dissolve the agreement in respect of the products affected by the event of force majeure, without being required to compensate the loss incurred by the other party. In that case the Buyer will be required to pay for the products already delivered.
12.2 In these General Conditions, ‘force majeure’ means, among other things, in addition to the definition of that term in the law and in case law, all external causes beyond the Seller’s control, either foreseen or unforeseen, as a result of which the Seller is unable to fulfil its obligations.
13 Dutch law and competent court
13.1 This Agreement is governed by Dutch law, also if an obligation is performed abroad in full or in part or if the Buyer has its place of residence there. The applicability of the Vienna Sales Convention is excluded.
13.2 In the event of disputes, the court of the place where the Seller has its registered office will be the competent court, unless mandatory rules of law provide otherwise. The Seller will nevertheless have the right to submit the dispute to the court that has jurisdiction according to the law. In the case of Consumer Purchase, the court of the Buyer’s place of residence will be the competent court.
13.3 The parties will submit a dispute to the court only after they have made every effort to settle the dispute in consultation.
14. Other provisions
14.1 The Dutch text of these General Conditions will at all times be decisive in the interpretation of these General Conditions.
14.2 Amendments and/or additions to these General Conditions will be valid and applicable only if recorded in writing. If the Seller uses additional conditions or any provisions that conflict with these General Conditions, that will not affect the validity and applicability of other provisions of these General Conditions.
14.3 These General Terms and Conditions are a translation of the “Verkoopvoorwaarden Producten” of the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO). In the event of any difference between these two Terms and Conditions, the Dutch text will prevail.