General Terms and Conditions of Business
I. Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions
1. Our Terms and Conditions form the basis for all agreements and quotations. They
shall be regarded as accepted upon the placement of an order or acceptance of a
delivery. Unless we expressly recognise them in writing, any differing conditions on
the part of the customer are not binding upon us, even if we do not expressly
II. Order Confirmation
1. All agreements and orders, as well as subsequent modifications thereof, must be
confirmed by us in writing in order to be binding.
III. Delivery and Delivery Period
1. Our written order confirmation is only determinant in regard to the scope of
2. Agreed delivery dates are estimates. The delivery period commences on the day
that the order confirmation and is to be regarded as fulfilled if the goods have left
the plant/warehouse or the respective manufacturing plant, or notification has been
given that the goods are ready to be shipped by the agreed date. If early delivery is
undertaken then the date thereof and not that originally agreed upon is
determinant. Partial deliveries are permissible. Delivery is conditional upon prompt
and correct supply of the goods to us.
3. If we are prevented from carrying out our obligations due to the occurrence of
unforeseeable, exceptional circumstances such as interruptions in operations,
intervention by authorities, strikes and lockouts, delays in the delivery of raw and
construction materials that we would not have been able to prevent through the
exercise of reasonable due care in light of the situation, whether at our plant or in
the case of our suppliers, then the delivery period is to be extended accordingly. If
such circumstances make delivery or performance impossible, then we will be
released from our delivery obligations.
4. If the delivery period is prolonged or if we are released from the delivery period in
accordance with Clause 3, then the customer is neither entitled to claim damages
nor to withdraw from the contract.
IV. Prices and Payment
1. Prices are FCA plant Pliezhausen in Euros plus the statutory VAT, plus costs for
packaging, shipment, customs, and handling. If an individual fixed price has not
been expressly agreed upon for an order, then the list prices valid on the day of
delivery will be used.
2. If prices have been agreed in a foreign currency, any price change, or adjustment
of the exchange rate to the Euro, shall be borne by the customer.
3. Payments shall be made directly to us. Representatives and travelling employees
are not authorised to receive payments.
4. Invoices are to be paid strictly net within 30 days of the invoice date. However, we
reserve the right to only make deliveries based on advance payment, cash, or
cash on delivery, especially in the case of first orders or default in payment. If
invoices are not paid in accordance with the contract, then the execution
obligations of BORRIES set out in the contract do not apply.
5. In any case, the purchase price becomes due immediately if the customer
becomes insolvent, if insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings concerning customer’s
assets have been instituted, or if the company is sold and/or taken over by a new
owner. If the payment term is exceeded, then interest in the amount of 8% per
annum above the statutory base rate is to be charged (§288 II of the German Civil
6. Bills of exchange will only be accepted after agreement thereto and on the
condition that they can be discounted. Discount charges are calculated starting on
the day that the invoice amount is due.
7. The customer can only set off counterclaims if they are uncontested or enforceable
V. Passing of the Risk of Loss, Shipping, Freight
1. If, at the customer's request, the goods are shipped to his premises, then the risk
of accidental loss and accidental destruction of the goods passes to the customer
upon delivery to our designated carrier, and at the latest when the goods leave the
plant or warehouse, regardless of whether this shipment originated from the place
of performance, or of who paid the freight costs. If the goods are ready for delivery,
but the shipment or the acceptance is delayed for reasons outside our
responsibility, then the risk passes to the customer upon receipt of notification that
the goods are ready for shipment.
2. We cannot be held liable for breakage, damage, or loss of the goods during
transport. We can insure shipments if the customer bears the costs thereof.
3. Unless agreed to otherwise, the customer always bears the forwarding costs.
VI. Reservation of Title
1. The goods delivered remain our inalienable property until the complete payment of
all claims arising out of the business relationship, including any current account
balance. This reservation of title is finally extinguished at the time that all
outstanding payments and claims subject to an extended reservation of title are
satisfied. If further claims arise between the parties it does not come back into
2. The customer is entitled to resell the goods subject to the reservation of title in the
normal course of business; however, the pledging of the goods or their assignment
as security is prohibited. The customer is obliged to take steps to safeguard our
rights if the goods are resold on credit.
3. The customer hereby already assigns any claims arising out of the resale of the
goods subject to reservation of title. However, the customer is entitled to collect the
claims as long as he fulfils his obligations towards us and there is no deterioration
of assets. At our request the customer shall provide us with all information
necessary for the collection of the assigned claims and to notify all creditors of the
4. Any reworking or processing of the goods subject to reservation of title shall be
carried out by the customer on our behalf without any obligations arising to us
therefrom. In the case of processing, linking, mixing or blending of goods subject to
reservation of title with other goods which do not belong to us,
the resulting co-ownership share in the new item is proportionate to the value of
the goods subject to reservation of title to the other processed products at the time
of processing, linking, mixing or blending. If the customer acquires sole ownership
of the new item, the contracting parties agree that the customer grants us coownership
of the new item in the ratio of the value of the processed or linked,
mixed or blended goods subject to reservation of title to the new item and to keep
it free of charge for us. If the goods subject to reservation of title are resold
together with other goods, whether without or after processing, linking, mixing or
blending, the aforementioned agreed advance assignment only applies to the
value of the goods subject to reservation of title sold together with the other goods.
5. If third parties undertake enforcement proceedings in regard to the goods subject
to reservation of title or the claims that have been assigned to us in advance, then
the customer is to promptly notify us thereof, including transfer of all the
documents necessary for legal intervention.
6. Moreover, at the request of the customer, we undertake to release existing
securities based on the aforementioned provisions – at our discretion – to the
extent that these exceed the existing claims to be secured by 20%.
VII. Warranty and Notification of Defects
1. If the item delivered is demonstrably defective or if it becomes so due to
manufacturing or material defects during the warranty period, then – at our
discretion and to the exclusion of other warranty claims of the customer – we will
either replace or repair it. We must be notified promptly in writing of apparent
defects within 10 days of receipt of the goods at the latest. If repair or replacement
proves ineffective, then the customer – at his discretion – may withdraw from the
contract or seek a reduction in the purchase price.
2. Damages that arise due to improper handling, use of force and the like are not
subject to the warranty provision.
3. The warranty period is 12 months from delivery, but 15 months after
commissioning at the most. Parts subject to wear and tear and all embossing tools
are excluded from warranty. In the event of any necessary on-site service –
whether within the country or abroad – the customer also bears all personnel and
travel costs of the deployment during the warranty period.
For computers (PCs), all computer accessories and control components that we
procure ourselves – including optical and electro-optical components, lasers,
camera systems, assembly units, etc. – warranty claims only exist insofar and to
the same extent as BORRIES is granted them by the respective suppliers.
4. In regard to replacements and rework we assume liability to the same extent as for
the original item. In the case of replacement the warranty period commences to
run anew for the part replaced. The use of BORRIES genuine spare parts and
consumables is a prerequisite for the rectification of defects of any components
which are the subject matter of the contract.
5. If any parts replaced or parts no longer required cannot be returned to us due to
reasons caused by the contract partner, BORRIES is entitled to invoice these
VIII. Claims for Damages
1. The amount of claims for damages held by the customer in the case of
impossibility of contract execution or delay in execution solely based on negligence
is limited to a maximum of 3% of the net order amount per contract. In this case we
can only assume liability for direct damage.
2. Any claims for damages of the customer in the event of a positive breach of
contract (in particular for collateral and consequential damages), and in the event
of breach of obligations during contract negotiations which are solely the result of
negligence, are excluded.
3. Claims for damages of the customer based on action in tort are also excluded in
cases of gross negligence.
4. The provisions of § 309 Clause 7 of the German Civil Code (BGB) remain
IX. Compensation in the Case of Contract Rescission
If an order is cancelled for reasons for which the customer is responsible, then the
customer is obliged to pay compensation to an amount of at least 20% of the net
order value – not withstanding the right to the assertion of a higher actual loss.
1. Illustrations, dimensions, weights, performance and power consumption values,
etc., are as accurate as possible in the brochures and lists provided, but are not
binding. This also applies to pattern embossing, especially if this was not or could
not be made on original material in its final state.
2. Special provisions apply for assembly, commissioning, training and production
assistance. BORRIES guarantees a usual response time of 24 hours during the
agreed service period for final destination sites in Germany. The service period is
Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (except for bank holidays within a working
3. In the case of deliveries abroad, the above provisions apply unless otherwise
agreed in writing. At the request of the customer we can also provide weight
specifications, which are always non-binding. We cannot guarantee adherence to
foreign packing and customs regulations.
4. If individual provisions should be or become invalid, the validity of these Terms and
Conditions of sales, delivery and payment are otherwise unaffected.
XI: Place of Performance, Jurisdiction, and Applicable Law
1. Pliezhausen is the place of performance and Reutlingen is the place of jurisdiction
to the extent that customers are merchants, legal persons under public law or
special funds under public law.
2. Any disputes arising from the contract shall be exclusively subject to the
jurisdiction of the courts of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Version: 1st February 2017
BORRIES Markier-Systeme GmbH, Siemensstr. 3, D 72124 Pliezhausen, phone: 07127-9797-0,
fax: 07127/9797-97, Commercial Registry (HRB) number Stuttgart 352902
Managing Director: Lothar Freiherr von Arnim, Chairman; Hartmut Gelner;
VAT identification no. DE 811 800 980, tax registration no. 78105/13600
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / Internet: www.borries.com