I. STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please read these terms and conditions carefully. They contain important information concerning customer’s (“Customer”) legal rights, warranties, obligations and available dispute resolutions remedies. They also provide that if Shifteck is unable to resolve any matter to Customer’s satisfaction, Customer will exclusively use arbitration to decide the dispute and Customer will bring its claim solely on an individual basis and not in a class action or representative proceeding.
Except in those instances where Shifteck and a business Customer (“Business Customer”) enter into a separate written contract for the purchase of products and/or services providing for separate terms of sale, the following terms and conditions will apply. For clarification, the term “Customer” includes Business Customers as well as individuals, and the term Business Customer includes, but is not limited to, government, institutional, and educational customers.
A. SALES POLICY FOR PRODUCTS
1. Wholesale Only.
Shifteck, LLC ("Shifteck") sells its complete offering wholesale to Business Customers, while also serving individuals.
A. “Web Prices” displayed on Shifteck's website: (i) are offered to Customers that do not have other pricing arrangements with Shifteck; (ii) are subject to these Terms of Sale; (iii) are available for orders placed on Shifteck's website, by phone, or at Shifteck branch locations; (iv) do not include freight, handling fees, taxes, and/or duties; and (v) are subject to change or correction at any time and without notice.
3. Sales Tax.
Customer is responsible for payment of all applicable state and local taxes, or for providing a valid sales tax exemption certificate. When placing an order, Customer shall indicate which products are tax exempt.
4. Payment and Credit Terms.
Shifteck accepts cash, Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. For Customers with established Shifteck credit, payment terms are subject to written agreement and time begins from the date of shipment or pick-up of products. All credit extended by Shifteck and the limits of such credit, is at Shifteck’s sole discretion, and may be reduced or revoked by Shifteck at any time, for any reason. As a condition for the continued extension of credit, Customer agrees to provide Shifteck with current credit information and the latest annual financial statement within five (5) business days following request by Shifteck. Shifteck reserves the right to charge a convenience fee for late payments. Shifteck further reserves the right to charge Customer a late payment fee at the rate of one and one-half percent (1-1/2%) of the amount due for each month or portion thereof that the amount due remains unpaid, or such amount as may be permitted under applicable law. Anticipation and cash discounts are not allowed. Export orders are subject to special export payment terms and conditions identified in Section III. All payments must be made in U.S. dollars. Shifteck has the right of set-off and deduction for any sums owed by the Customer to Shifteck.
If the Customer fails to make payment within specified payment terms, or fails to comply with Shifteck’s credit terms, or fails to supply adequate assurance of full performance to Shifteck within a reasonable time after requested by Shifteck (such time as specified in Shifteck's request), Shifteck may defer shipments until such payment or compliance is made, require cash in advance for any further shipments, demand immediate payment of all amounts then owed, elect to pursue collection action (including without limitation, attorneys’ fees and any and all other associated costs of collection), and/or may, at its option, cancel all or any part of an unshipped order. If Customer fails to comply with these payment terms, Shifteck may, at its sole discretion, and without notice, immediately terminate any agreements it has with Customer. Upon such termination all amounts owed by Customer to Shifteck shall become immediately due and payable.
Shifteck has the right, at any time and in its sole discretion, to immediately change the terms of any credit extended to Customer if: (i) there is a material change in Customer’s financial capability or creditworthiness; (ii) Business Customer enters into or signs an agreement regarding any Change of Control; or (iii) a trustee, receiver or examiner is appointed for Business Customer or its affiliates or subsidiaries or Business Customer’s plan of reorganization is confirmed by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. “Change of Control” means any (x) sale, lease, or other disposition of all or substantially all of Business Customer’s assets; (y) transaction or series of related transactions (by stock sale or otherwise) in which any person or entity becomes the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of more than 50% of Business Customer’s voting control; or (z) merger or consolidation involving Business Customer.
Additionally, Business Customer, and each of its subsidiaries and affiliates, agrees to provide to Shifteck proper authorization necessary for Shifteck to request any financial information from third parties.
Business Customer hereby unconditionally guarantees payment as a primary obligor of, as provided herein, all purchases made by Business Customer, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Each of Business Customer’s subsidiaries and affiliates purchasing from Shifteck are jointly and severally liable for all purchases made by Business Customer and its subsidiaries, and Customer is also acting as agent for such subsidiaries and affiliates. Business Customer further agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Shifteck from any and all claims, injuries, damages, losses or suits, including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of, or in connection with any attempt to disgorge or recover payments to Shifteck made on behalf of Business Customer by a subsidiary and affiliate on the grounds that such payment was improper, unauthorized, or constituted a fraudulent transfer.
5. Security Interest.
Customer hereby grants to Shifteck a first priority purchase money security interest and/or chattel mortgage in the products and any accounts receivable or cash from resale thereof until full payment is made to Shifteck. Customer agrees to file, and it permits and authorizes Shifteck to file, any financing statements or other appropriate documents with its governmental authorities to perfect the validity, priority, and enforceability of Shifteck’s lien or security interest.
6. Credit Balance.
Customer agrees that any credit balance(s) issued by Shifteck must be used within two (2) years from the date the credit was issued and may only be used for purchases of products. Any unused credit or portion thereof will automatically expire after two (2) years, or be processed pursuant to state law.
B. DISPUTE RESOLUTION - ARBITRATION
Any dispute of any sort that might arise between Shifteck and Customer, including any matters or disputes relating to or arising from the purchase or use of any product, service, or information offered or made available through Shifteck, or arising from or relating to any communication between Customer and Shifteck or its agents, will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, and solely on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action, except that Customer may assert claims in small claims court if Customer’s claims qualify.
Customer acknowledges and agrees that it is waiving the right to sue or go to court to secure relief. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to all disputes between Shifteck and Customer, including any disputes relating to or arising from any purchases made by Customer.
There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages).
To begin an arbitration proceeding, Customer must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing its claim to Shifteck’s registered agent. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its rules, including the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes if applicable. The AAA’s rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879.
Payment for all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA’s rules. Shifteck will reimburse those fees for claims totaling less than $1,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Likewise, Shifteck will not seek attorneys’ fees and costs in arbitration unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. For claims totaling less than $10,000, Customer may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, or based on written submissions. For all other claims, the proceeding will be conducted in person in the county where Shifteck is headquartered or at another mutually agreed location.
Under the terms of AAA Rule 7 of the AAA Rules, Customer and Shifteck each agree that the arbitration panel has the power to rule on any objections to the existence, scope, or validity of the arbitration agreement or to the arbitrability of any claim. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration Shifteck and Customer each waive any right to a jury trial and further agree that any such court proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action.
If any provision of this Section B, is held to be invalid or unenforceable, then that provision or portion notwithstanding, this Section B will remain in force and effect, and such provision or portion will be deemed omitted, and this Section B will be construed as if such provision had not been contained herein.
Shifteck and Customer both agree that either party may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights.
C. FREIGHT POLICY
Prices stated are F.O.B. origin, freight prepaid to destination specified in the order. Shifteck charges a shipping and handling fee, (which includes internal handling and related costs), on each order which is applied at time of order and reflected on Customer's invoice. Receipts for shipping and handling charges will not be furnished. Orders over U.S. $1500 (including any backorders) are shipped freight free for standard parcel delivery. COD shipments are not permitted. Other terms and conditions may apply for other than standard ground delivery ("Other Freight Services"), including without limitation, expedited same day delivery, less than truckload (LTL) shipments, air freight, freight collect, export orders, hazardous materials, Customer's carrier, shipments outside the contiguous U.S. or other special handling by the carrier. Any charges incurred for Other Freight Services must be paid by Customer. Fuel surcharges may be applied. Title and risk of loss pass to Customer upon tender of shipment to the carrier. If the product is damaged in transit, Customer's only recourse is to file a claim with the carrier.
D. PRODUCT WARRANTY POLICY
1. SATISFACTION GUARANTEE TO ALL CUSTOMERS.
Customer should contact Shifteck if not satisfied with a product for any reason. Shifteck will promptly provide an exchange or refund if the product is returned within 30 days of delivery, in its original packaging and with proof of purchase from Shifteck. If Customer chooses a refund on an item, Customer will be subject to a 20% restocking fee and loss of original shipping expenses incurred by Shifteck. Shifteck does not provide pre-paid return labels for return shipments. All shipping fees are the responsibility of Customer.
2. LIMITED WARRANTY FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS.
A. ALL PRODUCTS SOLD ARE WARRANTED BY SHIFTECK ONLY TO BUSINESS CUSTOMERS FOR: (i) RESALE; OR (ii) USE IN BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT OR ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURE.
B. SHIFTECK WARRANTS PRODUCTS AGAINST DEFECTS IN MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP UNDER NORMAL USE FOR A PERIOD OF ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE DATE OF PURCHASE FROM SHIFTECK, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. PROVIDED THAT SHIFTECK ACCEPTS THE PRODUCT FOR RETURN DURING THE LIMITED WARRANTY PERIOD, SHIFTECK MAY, AT ITS OPTION: (i) REPAIR; (ii) REPLACE; OR (iii) REFUND THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE BUSINESS CUSTOMER. BUSINESS CUSTOMER MUST RETURN THE PRODUCT TO THE APPROPRIATE SHIFTECK BRANCH OR AUTHORIZED SERVICE LOCATION, AS DESIGNATED BY SHIFTECK, SHIPPING COSTS PREPAID. SHIFTECK'S REPAIR, REPLACEMENT, OR REFUND OF AMOUNTS PAID BY BUSINESS CUSTOMER FOR THE PRODUCT, SHALL BE BUSINESS CUSTOMER'S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY.
3. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY.
A. FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS: EXCEPT AS SET FORTH HEREIN AND WHERE APPLICABLE, NO WARRANTY OR AFFIRMATION OF FACT OR DESCRIPTION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IS MADE OR AUTHORIZED BY SHIFTECK. SHIFTECK DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. SHIFTECK ALSO DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF PRODUCT MISUSE, IMPROPER PRODUCT SELECTION, IMPROPER INSTALLATION, PRODUCT MODIFICATION, MISREPAIR OR MISAPPLICATION. SHIFTECK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE. SHIFTECK'S LIABILITY IN ALL EVENTS IS LIMITED TO THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID FOR THE PRODUCT THAT GIVES RISE TO ANY LIABILITY.
B. FOR ALL OTHER CUSTOMERS: EXCEPT AS SET FORTH HEREIN AND WHERE APPLICABLE, NO WARRANTY OR AFFIRMATION OF FACT OR DESCRIPTION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IS MADE OR AUTHORIZED BY SHIFTECK. SHIFTECK DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. SHIFTECK ALSO DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF PRODUCT MISUSE, IMPROPER PRODUCT SELECTION, IMPROPER INSTALLATION, PRODUCT MODIFICATION, MISREPAIR OR MISAPPLICATION. SHIFTECK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE.
CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY AND OTHER RIGHTS MAY BE AVAILABLE.
4. Warranty Product Return.
Before returning any product, Customer may contact Shifteck either by emailing Shifteck or contacting Shifteck’s Customer Care at 559-744-3812. Proof of purchase is required in all cases.
5. Manufacturer’s Warranty.
For information on a specific manufacturer's warranty, please email Shifteck.
6. Product Compliance and Suitability.
Jurisdictions have varying laws, codes and regulations governing construction, installation, and/or use of products for a particular purpose. Certain products may not be available for sale in all areas. Shifteck does not guarantee compliance or suitability of the products it sells with any laws, codes or regulations, nor does Shifteck accept responsibility for construction, installation and/or use of a product. It is Customer's responsibility to review the product application and all applicable laws, codes and regulations for each relevant jurisdiction to be sure that the construction, installation, and/or use involving the products are compliant.
7. Cross-Reference Information.
Product cross-reference comparisons or product alternatives that are presented do not imply that products are available or perfectly comparable. CROSS-REFERENCED PRODUCTS OR PRODUCT ALTERNATIVES ARE NOT REPRESENTED OR WARRANTED AS FUNCTIONAL OR PERFORMANCE EQUIVALENTS. Customer shall review all cross-referenced product or product alternative specifications prior to purchase and use to determine suitability of the product for Customer's intended use.
1. Catalog/Website Information.
Shifteck is a both a manufacturer and distributor of products. Information about the products in the Shifteck catalog or web site is provided by the manufacturers and/or suppliers. Product depictions in the catalogs and websites are for illustrative purposes only. Possession of, or access to, any Shifteck catalog, literature or websites does not constitute the right to purchase products. Shifteck reserves the right to revise publishing errors in its catalogs or any of its websites. Despite our efforts, occasional pricing errors may occur in the Shifteck catalogs and websites, and Shifteck reserves the right to correct or change such pricing errors without notice. Shifteck further reserves the right to cancel any and all orders resulting from such pricing errors, even if Customer has received an order confirmation from Shifteck.
2. Product Substitution.
Products and/or country of origin may be substituted and may not be identical to descriptions and/or images published in the catalog or on the website.
3. Safety Data Sheets.
Safety Data Sheets (“SDS”) for OSHA defined hazardous substances are supplied by the manufacturers and/or suppliers. SHIFTECK MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY TO ANY CUSTOMER OR USER WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION OR THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION IN ANY SDS. CUSTOMER END USER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RELIANCE ON OR USE OF ANY INFORMATION, AND FOR USE OR APPLICATION OF ANY PRODUCT.
4. California Proposition 65.
The State of California requires that certain warnings be given concerning products which contain chemicals subject to Proposition 65. A complete list of Proposition 65 regulated chemicals is available at www.oehha.ca.gov. Applicable Proposition 65 warning(s), (see below) are provided directly on the Shifteck product page and upon product purchase.
Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.
Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
5. Purchasers of Products used with or for Potable Water .
The federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g-6) and regulations in CA, LA, MD, and VT prohibit plumbing products (including but not limited to pipes, pipe fittings, solder, flux, plumbing fitting, etc.) used to convey water for human consumption that are not “lead free” as defined by the regulations. In order to determine your particular state’s standards applicable to the products you purchase for use in or for potable water applications, direct your inquiries to the appropriate regulatory agency in your state. In order to determine the federal standards applicable to the products you purchase for use in or for potable water applications, visit http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/index.cfm.
6. Important Notice to Federal Customers Re: Country of Origin.
While products listed on GSA Advantage!® meet the requirements of the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulations Part 25, other products sold by Shifteck may not meet the requirements. At the time of purchase, Shifteck will advise properly identified and authorized Federal Customers if a product is “TAA-compliant.” Any Federal Customer purchasing a non-TAA item will be making an “open market” purchase that is not covered by any contract. Federal Customers are advised that the open market purchases are NOT GSA schedule purchases. By purchasing any product on the open market, the Federal Customer represents that it has authority to make such purchase and has complied with all applicable procurement regulations.
7. Refrigerant Customers.
In accordance with the Clean Air Act of 1990, as amended, sale of Class 1 (“CFC”) and Class 2 (“HCFC”) refrigerant will be restricted to resale purchases and/or to certified professional service technicians. To purchase regulated refrigerant products, all Customers must present a certification card or sign a statement of resale to complete the purchase.
F. GENERAL TERMS
1. Electronic Data Interchange.
If Shifteck and Business Customer mutually agree to use an Electronic Data Interchange (“EDI”) system to facilitate purchase and sale transactions, Business Customer agrees that it will not contest: (i) any contract of sale resulting from an EDI transaction under the provisions of any law relating to whether agreements must be in writing or signed by the party to be bound thereby; or (ii) the admissibility of copies of EDI records under the business records exception to the hearsay rule, the best evidence rule or any other similar rule, on the basis that such records were not originated or maintained in documentary form. Shifteck and Business Customer will negotiate and agree on technical standards and methods to use in making EDI purchases, and will use reasonable security procedures to protect EDI records from improper access. In the event of a conflict, the business records maintained by Shifteck regarding EDI purchases made by Business Customer shall be deemed to be conclusive.
2. Third Party Payment Provider.
If Business Customer elects to use a third party payment system provider (“Third Party Provider”) and Shifteck is charged fees by the Third Party Provider, Shifteck reserves the right to seek reimbursement from Business Customer for any and all costs paid to the Third Party Provider for the transfer of funds, retrieval of payment detail, or any other purpose from the Third Party Provider.
3. Intellectual Property.
Customer shall have no right, title, or interest in the trade names, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, patents, domain names, product names, catalogs or any other intellectual property rights (“IP”) reserved by Shifteck, or any IP owned by manufacturers and/or suppliers to Shifteck. All materials contained in Shifteck catalogs or on its web sites are subject to the ownership rights of Shifteck and its manufacturers and/or suppliers. Customer shall have no right to copy or use any IP of Shifteck or its manufacturers and/or suppliers without Shifteck's permission.
4. Independent Contractors.
Shifteck and Customer are independent contractors and not principal and agent. Nothing contained in these terms and conditions shall be construed to create a partnership, dealership, reseller, agency, employment or joint venture relationship. Customer does not have the right to bind or otherwise obligate Shifteck in any manner, nor may Customer represent to anyone that it has the right to do so.
5. Code of Conduct.
Customer agrees to refrain from taking any action that may cause a Shifteck employee to violate the Business Conduct Guidelines.
6. Sourced Product.
Shifteckmay procure product not available through Shifteck catalogs or available on Shifteck's website for a Customer from other sources (“Sourced Product(s)”). Sourced Product is priced according to current market conditions on a per order basis, and is shipped F.O.B. origin with freight and handling fee paid by Shifteck and charged to Customer. Sourced Product may not be returned without a return goods authorization issued by Shifteck, and no cancellations, refunds or credits are allowed without Shifteck’s prior approval. Shifteck, at its sole discretion, may withhold the issuance of such authorization. A restocking fee may apply for any returned Sourced Product. SHIFTECK'S LIMITED WARRANTY TERMS INCLUDED IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DO NOT APPLY TO SOURCED PRODUCTS. THE PRODUCT WARRANTY PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR SUPPLIER OF THE SOURCED PRODUCT WILL BE CUSTOMER'S SOLE REMEDY.
7. Custom Product.
Shifteck may offer products manufactured or assembled to Customers specifications (“Custom Product(s)”). Shifteck is not responsible for verifying or confirming the accuracy of specifications provided by Customer to Shifteck for Custom Products. SHIFTECK'S LIMITED WARRANTY TERMS INCLUDED IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DO NOT APPLY TO CUSTOM PRODUCTS. THE PRODUCT WARRANTY PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR SUPPLIER OF THE CUSTOM PRODUCT WILL BE CUSTOMER'S SOLE REMEDY, AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES ARE DISCLAIMED UNDER SECTION I.C.3 ABOVE. All Custom Products are sold on a “FINAL SALE” basis only, and no cancellations, returns, refunds or credits are allowed.
All product order cancellations, if not prohibited above, must be approved by Shifteck, and may be denied or subject to restocking fees and other charges.
9. Product Return by Business Customers.
Product returns by Business Customers, if not prohibited above, must be made within one (1) year from date of purchase, unless otherwise indicated. Shifteck does not take title to returned products until the item is received by Shifteck at the applicable return location. Returned product must be in original packaging, unused, undamaged, and in saleable condition. Proof of purchase is required in all cases. Product returns may be denied or made subject to restocking fees and other charges by Shifteck.
10. Materials of Trade.
Business Customer represents that if it is purchasing products as its “materials of trade,” as defined in the Hazardous Materials Regulations in Title 49 of the Code of U.S. Federal Regulations, the products shall be used in direct support of Business Customer’s business, such business does not concern transportation, and such products shall not be resold or transported in a vehicle other than one owned by Business Customer.
11. Force Majeure.
Shifteck shall not be liable for any delay in, or impairment of, performance resulting in whole or in part from any force majeure event, including but not limited to acts of God, labor disruptions, acts of war, acts of terrorism (whether actual or threatened), governmental decrees or controls, insurrections, epidemics, quarantines, shortages, communication or power failures, fires, accidents, explosions, inability to procure or ship product or obtain permits and licenses, inability to procure supplies or raw materials, severe weather conditions, catastrophic events, or any other circumstance or cause beyond the reasonable control of Shifteck in the conduct of its business.
Customer shall not assign any order, or any interest therein, without the prior written consent of Shifteck. Any actual or attempted assignment without Shifteck's prior written consent shall entitle Shifteck to cancel such order upon notice to Customer.
13. No Third Party Benefit.
The provisions stated herein are for the sole benefit of the parties hereto, and confer no rights, benefits or claims upon any person or entity not a party hereto.
14. Waiver, Choice of Law and Venue.
The failure of either party to assert a right hereunder or to insist upon compliance with any term or condition will not constitute a waiver of that right or excuse any subsequent non-performance of any such term or condition by the other party. All transactions shall be governed by the laws of the State of Wyoming, excluding its conflict of law rules, and to the extent allowed under these terms and conditions, both Shifteck and Customer agree that venue shall be proper either in the state courts in Wyoming or the federal courts for the State of Wyoming.
If any portion of these terms and conditions is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the invalid or unenforceable term shall be severed from these terms and conditions, and the remaining terms and conditions shall be valid and fully enforceable as written.
16. Modification of Terms.
Shifteck’s acceptance of any order is subject to Customer’s assent to all of the terms and conditions set forth herein. Customer's assent to these terms and conditions shall be presumed from Customer's receipt of Shifteck’s acknowledgment, or from Customer’s acceptance of all or any part of the products ordered. No additions or modifications of Shifteck’s terms and conditions by Customer shall be binding upon Shifteck, unless agreed to in writing by an authorized representative of Shifteck. If a purchase order or other correspondence submitted by Customer contains terms or conditions contrary or in addition to the terms and conditions contained herein or in Shifteck’s acknowledgment, Shifteck’s fulfillment of any such purchase order shall not be construed as assent to any of the terms and conditions proposed by Customer, and will not constitute a waiver by Shifteck of any of the terms and conditions contained herein or in Shifteck’s acknowledgment. Shifteck reserves the right to accept or reject any order.
17. Complete Agreement.
The terms and conditions in: (i) Shifteck’s forms; (ii) acknowledgments; (iii) quotations; (iv) invoices; (v) web sites; (vi) catalogs; and (vii) extension of credit are incorporated herein by reference, and constitute the entire and exclusive agreement between Customer and Shifteck.
Business Customers represent that any person accepting these Terms of Sale on behalf of the Business Customer is authorized to do so and that all employees and representatives of the Business Customer who access Shifteck's Webite on behalf of the Business Customer or otherwise purchase products from Shifteck on behalf of Business Customer have the legal right, and are duly authorized, to make such purchases and further authorized to enter into agreements relating to the purchase of products or services or to obtain pricing or discounts from Shifteck on behalf of Business Customer. Business Customers hereby agree to indemnify and hold Shifteck harmless against any breach of this representation.
II. ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATED TO EXPORT OF SHIFTECK PRODUCTS
IN ADDITION TO THE STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN SECTION I, EXPORT SALES OF SHIFTECK PRODUCTS WILL BE GOVERNED BY THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATED TO EXPORT OF SHIFTECK PRODUCTS (“ADDITIONAL EXPORT TERMS”). IN THE EVENT OF A CONFLICT BETWEEN SHIFTECK’S STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN SECTION I AND THE ADDITIONAL EXPORT TERMS IN SECTION III, THE ADDITIONAL TERMS IN SECTION II SHALL PREVAIL FOR EXPORT SALES OF SHIFTECK PRODUCTS.
1. Order Acceptance.
Customer acknowledges that no order shall be deemed accepted unless and until it is verified and accepted by Shifteck, or any of its U.S. affiliates and divisions, at a continental U.S. facility or at any of its websites. Customer further consents that submission of its order shall subject Customer to the jurisdiction of the federal courts of the U.S. and of the State where acceptance occurred in the U.S.
2. Sales Tax and Duties, Import Fees.
Shifteck is required to charge U.S. federal, state, local tax, applicable duties, and import fees on products, or for providing a valid exemption certificate. Customer assumes responsibility for, and unconditionally guarantees payment or reimbursement of, all applicable taxes, fees, licenses, import duties, and expenses as may be applicable. When placing an order, Customer shall indicate which products are tax exempt.
3. Payment and Credit Terms.
Payment terms are net forty-five (45) days from the date of shipment. All other payment terms are as set forth in Section I.A.4. Customer agrees to inform Shifteck immediately if it intends to use any import or export financing, or has or will be granting a lien or security interest on its inventory to any third party.
4. Shipping Charges and Freight Policy.
All Shifteck export orders are shipped under INCOTERMS® 2010 rules as defined by the International Chamber of Commerce. Unless otherwise stated and agreed, default shipping term is FCA Shifteck shipping location, excluding export customs clearance. Freight is prepaid to U.S. airport or port of exit for single shipment orders of U.S. $1,500 or more of product (before tax and freight) using routing of Shifteck’s choice. Other shipments are freight collect from any Shifteck facility. Customer shall be responsible for obtaining insurance. At Shifteck’s option, this freight policy may be subject to special terms and conditions for certain export orders. If any item is backordered that qualifies for freight prepayment, that item will be shipped prepaid as Customer’s exclusive remedy. Title and risk of loss for products shall transfer at the delivery point as determined by the applicable INCOTERMS being utilized for the export sale.
5. Export Controls and Related Regulations.
Customer represents and warrants that it is not designated on, or associated with, any party designated on any of the U.S. government restricted parties lists, including without limitation, the U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) Denied Persons List; Entity List or Unverified List; the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List; or the U.S. State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) Debarred Parties List. Customer shall comply with all applicable U.S. economic sanctions and export control laws and regulations, including without limitation, the regulations administered by OFAC, the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) administered by BIS, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations administered by DDTC.
6. Foreign Principal Party in Interest; Freight Forwarder and Documentation.
It is specifically agreed that Customer shall be the foreign principal party in interest (“FPPI”) and/or that its freight forwarder shall act as Customer's agent in such capacity for purposes of the Foreign Trade Regulations or other regulatory purposes, and Customer and its freight forwarder are responsible for all routed export transactions documentation, including but not limited to the filing of the required Electronic Export Information/Automated Export System records. At Shifteck’s request, Customer or its freight forwarder shall provide copies of any export, shipping, or import documentation prepared by Customer or its freight forwarder related to sales to Customer by Shifteck. In the event a license is required for export from the U.S., then (i) Shifteck reserves the right to select its own freight forwarder to facilitate and file the export license; or (ii) the FPPI will provide Shifteck written notice that it expressly assumes responsibility for determining licensing requirements and obtaining the license, thereby making the U.S. agent of the FPPI the exporter of record for purposes of meeting EAR requirements.
Customer is aware that Shifteck’s business practices prohibit bribery and corrupt behavior in any form. Customer agrees that it is an independent contractor and it is and shall remain in compliance with all applicable laws that relate to money laundering, terrorism, commercial or official bribery or dealing with government officials (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act) and laws implementing the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Customer shall not offer or provide anything of value (cash or cash equivalents, gifts, loans, travel, entertainment, or any other similar benefit) either directly or indirectly to any public sector or government official for the purpose of influencing any act or decision in connection with the purchase, transportation, customs clearance and/or resale of the products ordered from Shifteck. Customer shall not pay a gratuity, bribe or inducement to any public sector or government official, even if it appears customary or consistent with prevailing business practices.
8. Dispute Resolution.
Actions by Shifteck for non-payment by Customer of the purchase price of products sold by Shifteck, or for redress of other breaches by Customer of these terms and conditions may be brought by Shifteck, at its option, before any U.S. or foreign judicial court of competent jurisdiction. At Shifteck’s option, disputes between Customer and Shifteck, including all claims for non-performance by Shifteck, shall be finally settled by arbitration in Wyoming, U.S., in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules (“Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association, by a single arbitrator appointed in accordance with said Rules, applying these terms and conditions and consistent provisions of the federal and state laws (except conflict of law rules) of the State of Wyoming, U.S. The language of the arbitration shall be English.
9. Country of Importation and Anti-diversion.
Customer represents that it is purchasing products from the U.S. and importing them to the country for the use of the ultimate consignee specified in the Customer and Shifteck documentation. Customer agrees that the products will not be resold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of, to any other country or to any person other than the authorized ultimate consignee or end-user(s), either in their original form or after being incorporated into other items, without first obtaining approval from the U.S. government or as otherwise authorized by U.S. law and regulations. Any commodities, technology and software will be exported from the U.S. in accordance with the U.S. Export Administration Regulations and other applicable laws or regulations. Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited. If requested by Shifteck, Customer shall provide documentation satisfactory to Shifteck. verifying delivery at the designated country, the identity of end users ordering products from Customer and the terms and conditions upon which such end users request products to be supplied. Customer further agrees to inform Shifteck at the time of order of any North American Free Trade Agreement or other special documentation, packaging or product marking or labeling, but Shifteck shall not be responsible for providing any such documentation, packaging, marking or labeling other than such documents that are necessary under U.S. export laws and regulations for export, unless Shifteck expressly agrees to do so.
10. Permits, Export, and Import Licenses.
Customer shall be responsible for obtaining any licenses or other official authorizations that may be required by the country of importation. When the Customer is designated as the U.S. Principal Party of Interest, the Customer shall be responsible for obtaining licenses under the EAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Toxic Substances Control Act, or other applicable laws or regulations. If the Customer is the FPPI, then the terms contained in subsection 6 of this Section III shall apply.
11. Governing Law; Limitations.
The rights and obligations of the parties under these terms and conditions shall not be governed by the provisions of the 1980 United Nations Convention of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods or the United Nations Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods. Rather, these terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of the State of Wyoming, U.S., including its provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code, but excluding its conflict of law rules. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any legal action by Customer with respect to any transaction must be commenced within one (1) year after the cause of action has arisen.