Standard Terms & Conditions of Carriage:
No agent or employee of the Company has the Company's authority to alter or vary these conditions either by an oral or written undertaking or promise given before or after receipt of these conditions, nor shall any act or omission of the Company be construed as a variation or waiver of any of these conditions. If any legislation is compulsorily applicable to any business undertaken, these conditions shall as regards such business be read as subject to such legislation and nothing in these conditions shall be construed as a surrender by the Company of any of its rights or immunities or as an increase of any of its responsibilities or liabilities under such legislation and if any part of these conditions be repugnant to such legislation to any extent such part shall as regards such business be void to that but no further. Goods are accepted subject to the conditions stipulated by all carriers and parties into whose possession or custody they may pass for the due fulfilment of the obligations of the Company.
Routes and ProceduresSubject to express instructions given by the consignor and accepted by the Company in writing, the Company reserves to itself complete freedom in respect of means, route and procedure to be followed in the handling and transport of the goods.
The consignor will furnish the Company with all necessary documents that it may need with every consignment.
The Company shall be entitled, in the absence of express instructions to the contrary, to employ independent third parties to perform all or any of the functions required by the Company.
The Company is expressly authorised to arrange for the consignor's goods, in its discretion, to be transhipped from any vehicle upon which such goods may have been loaded to any other vehicle or vehicles.
The Company shall have no responsibility or liability to the consignor for any act or omission of such third party, even though the Company may be responsible for the payment of such third party's charges, but the Company shall, if suitably indemnified against all costs, take such action against the third party on the consignor's behalf as its consignor may reasonably direct.
Unless otherwise terminated, transit shall terminate:
- On the arrival at place of delivery (without the load being unfastened, or unloaded); If a consignment is to be held by the Company pending instructions, or collection and the instructions,
- or collection does not materialize within a reasonable time.
In order to enable the Company to carry out immediate investigations, the consignor shall notify it of any complaints, within 7 days of delivery, failing which, any claim arising shall lapse.
QuotationsQuotations where given shall be subject to immediate acceptance and shall be subject to withdrawal or revision by the Company. The Company shall notwithstanding acceptance be at liberty to revise quotations or charges with or without notice in the event of: changes occurring in currency exchange, rates, rates of freight, surcharges, storage equipment rental rates, labour rates or any other charges applicable to the handling of the goods, and/or the volumetric charge calculated in accordance with the Company's volumetric tariff from time to time exceeding any quotation based on weight in which event the volumetric may, at the instance of the Company be substituted for the charge based on weight.
Any tickets coming from overweight on the routes are responsability of the consignor and therefore they will be added to the initial quotation.
The Company is entitled to the benefits of any discounts obtained and to retain and be paid all brokerages, commissions, allowances and any other remunerations of whatsoever nature and kind and shall not be obliged to disclose or account to the consignor for any such remuneration received by it.
To enable the carrier to quote, the consignor shall provide the Company with :
- Adequate addresses for collection and delivery and details of loading and off loading facilities, times and matters which could affect access; - Exact quantities, weights and dimensions of all goods and adequate further information and notice to enable the carrier to apply for statutory clearances required. - All relevant particulars of loading and off-loading point and road dimensions, load-bearing capacities and possible obstructions to enable proper route planning
Payment of the Company's RemunerationUnless otherwise agreed between the parties in writing, the Company's remuneration shall be payable by the consignor in cash, electronic transfer or cheque acceptable to the Company without deduction or set-off within thirty (30) days from date of invoice.
If any amounts owing by the consignor is unpaid on due date, then all other amounts owing by the consignor to the Company whether due and payable or not, shall become due and payable forthwith and the Company shall be entitled but not obliged (and without prejudice to any of its other rights against the consignor) by notice in writing to the consignor to rescind or suspend performance of any of its obligations under this agreement; and discounts granted by the Company shall be forfeited.
Interest on overdue amounts shall be charged to the consignor at 5 percent, and such interest shall be payable by the consignor on demand.
Company Lien over GoodsThe Company shall have a lien over all goods for monies due to the Company in respect of services rendered by the Company whether or not payment in respect of such goods is then due.
Without prejudice to any of the Company's rights against the consignor, in the event of the consignor failing to pay to the Company any monies due by it, the Company shall have the right, after 7 days notification of its intention to the customer at its last known address: - To open and examine any part of such goods; and as its option, to sell, either by public auction or private treaty, and at its entire discretion, the whole or any part of the goods; and to apply the proceeds of any such sale, after deducting all expenses attendant thereupon, in payment of/or towards any sum due by the consignor to the Company and to pay the consignor any surplus without interest, within 60 days after such sale whereupon the Company shall be released from all liability whatsoever in respect of the goods carried.
The consignor hereby expressly appoints the Company as its agent and hereby grants it full authority to act as aforesaid in regard to the sale of its goods and the appropriation of the proceeds thereof. The exercise by the Company of any of the rights accorded to it by this clause shall be without prejudice to any other rights it may have under this agreement or at common law in respect of the non-payment by the consignor of the Company's remuneration.
Limitation of Extent of the Company's LiabilityNotwithstanding anything to the contrary or implied in these conditions:
The Company shall not under any circumstances be liable for any shortages, damage in transit howsoever arising unless a notified of same prior to offloading of the goods from its vehicle, and claim is made in writing to the Company within (2) days after delivery of the goods by the Company to the consignee.
The Company shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential loss or damages howsoever arising.
Without derogating from the generality of the aforesaid limitations of liability, the parties expressly agree that the Company shall not at any stage be liable for any damage resulting from or caused by or in connection with fire, flood, road accidents, moth vermin, insects, damp, rust, burglary, act of God, riot, civil commotion, invasion, war, sabotage, malicious intent, explosion, labour unrest, strikes, lockouts, chemical damage, leakage or any other causes whatsoever.
The Company accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage in transit, howsoever incurred. The parties agree that, in addition to the limitation to liability referred to above in respect of the Company, the consignor shall have no claim of whatsoever nature against the Company's members, employees or agents howsoever arising.
Notification and claim submission does not imply acceptance, but are to facilitate any commercial consideration on claims by the Company.
InsuranceCargo is carried at owner's risk and it is the responsibility of the client to arrange for adequate insurance covering theft of and damage to goods in transit.
Time of Delivery
The Company shall not be liable for any delay or detention of the goods, for any loss, damage or deterioration therein, unless the date and time for delivery of the goods is expressly stipulated as being of the essence of the contract and the terms accepted by the Company. In any event, the Company shall not be liable for any such loss, damage or deterioration unless such delay or deterioration is attributable to wilful default or gross negligence on the part of the Company.
Limitation of Liability Resulting from Incorrect Address of Consignee or Failure of Consignee to take Delivery of Goods
The consignor shall properly and accurately furnish to the Company the name and address of the consignee as well as all documents of necessity required to accompany the goods or such documents as the Company may require, and the Company shall not be responsible nor incur any liability for any loss or incorrect delivery of goods due to the name and address of the consignee being improperly stated and in the absence of gross negligence, the Company shall not be liable for any loss in the event of delivery being effected to some person other than the consignee, in the event of the consignee, or his agent, not being present to receive and accept delivery of same.
In the event of the consignee refusing to accept delivery of the goods in whole or in part, or in the event of the Company being unable to effect delivery by reason of the address of the consignee being improperly or inaccurately stated, and being compelled to return the goods to the consignor, then the consignor shall be liable for all costs incurred in the return of such goods whether on the same basis as originally agreed upon or any other basis whatsoever, or being compelled to dispose of such goods by reason of their perishable nature or for whatsoever other reason, the Company shall not be liable for any damage to or loss of such goods or any loss or damage arising out of the disposal thereof and the consignor shall be liable to the Company for all costs incurred in connection with the disposal of such goods. The consignor shall be deemed to be bound by and to warrant the accuracy of all descriptions, values and other particulars furnished to the Company for customs, consular and other purposes, and shall be deemed to have indemnified the Company against all claims, losses, penalties, damages, expenses and fines whatsoever arising from any inaccuracy or omission, even if such inaccuracy or omission is not due to any negligence.
General IndemnityThe consignor shall be deemed to have indemnified the Company against all liabilities whatsoever suffered or incurred by the Company arising directly or indirectly from or in connection with the consignor's instruction or their implementation in relation to the goods.
Consignor to Establish Condition of Goods
The onus of establishing the condition of the goods at the time of acceptance and delivery thereof by the Company shall rest on the consignor.
Dangerous GoodsNo goods, including radio-active materials, which are or may become dangerous, inflammable or noxious, or which by their nature are or may become liable to cause injury or damage to any person, goods or property whatsoever, shall be tendered to the company without its express consent in writing.
The Company shall not be obliged to handle dangerous, hazardous or noxious goods. If the Company agree to handle dangerous, hazardous or noxious goods the customer shall pack them properly according to any regulations in force and prominently marked on the outside so as to indicate the nature and character of the goods.
If any such goods are tendered to the Company without its written consent or without being marked as aforesaid, the same may at any time be destroyed, disposed of, abandoned or rendered harmless at the sole discretion of the Company and at the entire risk and expense of the consignor, without compensation to him or any other party and without prejudice to the Company's right to its charges or fees including the cost of destruction or disposal.
Notwithstanding the acceptance of the goods with its express consent, the Company may nevertheless for good reason, such as the risk to other goods or property, life or health, destroy or otherwise deal with the goods at the entire risk and expense of the consignor, and without compensation to him or to any other party and without prejudice to the Company's right to its charges or fees including the cost of destruction or disposal. Whether or not the consignor was aware of the nature of the goods and whether or not the Company's written consent thereof was obtained, the consignor shall be deemed to have indemnified the Company against all loss, damage or liability caused to the Company as a result of the tender of the goods to the Company.
Duplicate DocumentsThe Company is under no obligation whatsoever to provide customers with duplicates of any documents issued by it. Nevertheless the Company without being legally obliged to so do will in its discretion endeavour wherever possible to provide customers with duplicate documents but reserves the right to charge for such copies.
Attorney & Client Costs & Collection Commission
In the event of the Company instructing its attorneys to recover monies from the consignor, the consignor shall be liable for and shall pay all legal costs incurred by the Company on an attorney client scale, inclusive of collection commission.