Terms & Conditions



The following conditions shall exclusively apply to all offers of, instructions to, supplies by and agreements with GBZI COMTRADE LTD (hereinafter referred to as: GBZI) with regard to the purchase, sale/supply of goods and/or the carrying out of or involving in services. Stipulations or provisions of the other party, which are contrary to the present terms and conditions, can only be set up against GBZI if and in as far as they have explicitly been accepted by GBZI in writing. The general terms and conditions of GBZI are filed at the office of the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce Passau. 


The General Terms and Conditions for Tank Storage in Germany shall apply in the event of tank storage, which terms and conditions are filed at the Office of the District Court in Passau. In the event of inconsistencies in or with the conditions, or these general terms and conditions, then these general terms and conditions shall prevail. 


All offers are without any obligation. An agreement shall only come into being after the written order confirmation of GBZI. GBZI shall comply with the (delivery) times mentioned in the order confirmation as much as possible, however, the exceeding hereof does not entitle the other party to dissolve the agreement and/or to compensation. In the event GBZI has manufactured the goods exclusively for the other party, then the other party is obliged to accept an increase of 5%.


The prices made known by GBZI in catalogs or in any manner whatsoever are excluding VAT and shall not bind GBZI, unless explicitly agreed upon otherwise. After the conclusion of an agreement GBZI is entitled to increase the prices agreed upon in the event, among other things, but not limited to interim increases and/or additional charges on freights, customs tariffs, prices of goods and/or raw materials, taxes, wages or social security charges, interim increases applied by its supplier(s) and changes in the monetary relationships, which result in price increases.  In the event the aforementioned price increases with regard to a certain supply are amounting to more than 5% of the price agreed upon (excluding VAT), then the other party will be entitled to cancel the agreement concerning the future supply, on the condition that the other party notifies GBZI on this matter in writing by registered mail without delay upon the receipt of the notification stating the said price increase. In that case, the other party is not entitled to compensation for whatever reason.


The risk for the goods shall pass from GBZI to the other party in accordance with the terms of delivery agreed upon, either FCA (Free Carrier), FOB (Free on Board), FAS (Free Alongside Ship), CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight), DAF (Delivered at Frontier), or otherwise. These terms of delivery are in accordance with the latest issue of “Incoterms” published by the International Chamber of Commerce.  In as far as nothing with regard to this matter is agreed upon, then the delivery shall be carried out in accordance with EXW (EX Works).  GBZI has fulfilled its delivery obligations: 

a. at the moment the goods are offered at the delivery address agreed upon;

b. in the event it is agreed upon that the goods will be collected; at the moment the goods are available for collection. 

GBZI reserves the right to deliver in consignments. Such deliveries are considered carried out in accordance with the separate agreements. The other party is obliged to accept the goods at the moment of delivery.  All costs and damage, which arise for GBZI as a result of a refusal to receive by the other party of (a part of) the goods ordered by it shall be borne by the other party, including the storage costs. The delivery period agreed upon is merely an approximation. This delivery date shall not be considered the final date so that GBZI is entitled to deliver about the delivery date agreed upon.  In the event of the purchase of or involvement in services by GBZI, then GBZI shall stipulate uniform delivery dates with the other party. These delivery dates shall be considered deadlines.


Non-reusable packaging will not be taken back. Packaging designated to be reused shall remain the property of GBZI or third parties and shall only be taken back by GBZI if, according to GBZI, this packaging is in good condition and it is delivered by the other party completely (drip) empty. The other party is fully liable for damages to such packaging. In the event GBZI makes returnable containers available then the packaging conditions of GBZI shall apply to this.


1. In the event of deliveries by GBZI, the other party guarantees that it shall comply with the applicable environmental legislation and regulations. The other party indemnifies GBZI against each liability with regard to this matter.  

2. The other party is responsible for the working conditions and safety within its own company. The other party must comply with all applicable statutory provisions, the local rules and regulations and the rules and regulations of the Health and Safety Inspectorate. The other party shall instruct its staff members in time and in advance in accordance with these rules and regulations.  

3. The other party shall supervise that its staff members or third parties involved by it will observe the rules and regulations arising from the safety legislation applicable at that moment during the carrying-out of instructions – also if there is a question of oil and gas activities consisting of production and process support, technical support and maintenance of the pipelines, among other things. The other party shall also supervise that the staff members and/or third parties to be deployed by it will always have sound personal protective equipment at their disposal, all this in accordance with the requirements set by the Health and Safety Inspectorate, or another government body.


The other party shall immediately unload and release the means of transport, also including the tank wagons, which are used by GBZI, so that no costs or damage as a result of delay will incur for GBZI and it shall comply with all instructions, which might be given by GBZI for the returning of this material.  In the event the above-mentioned is not fulfilled, then the other party is obliged to pay the damage arising from the delay. The unloading of the means of transport must be carried out under the supervision and in the presence of the other party.


1. In the event of a sale or the carrying out of services, all payments by the other party must be done within the period mentioned in the invoice, without the right of set-off.  In the event no full payment has taken place, then, by operation of law, the other party is in default towards GBZI without the fact that a notice of default is required and all claims, which GBZI has against the other party, are due on demand. This is also the case if the other party is put into involuntary liquidation or has applied for a moratorium on payments.

2. The other party is obliged to pay the statutory interest to GBZI as from the day the default commences until the day of the full payment. As soon as GBZI has passed on the claim for extrajudicial collection, the other party is obliged to pay to GBZI a sum of 15% of the principal sum to be claimed, unless the actual extrajudicial collection charges reasonably incurred are higher, in which case the other party is obliged to pay back the said higher charges to GBZI. In the event of extrajudicial collection, the other party is obliged to fully pay the actual extrajudicial costs reasonably incurred, including the costs of legal assistance; in as far as the actual costs exceed the amount of the (possible) costs of the proceedings. 

3. In the event of a sale by GBZI, the risk does pass to the other party by means of delivery; however, the ownership does not pass to the other party. All goods delivered by GBZI remain the property of GBZI until the moment of full payment of all, which GBZI has to claim from the other party for whatever reason, including the interest and the costs. The other party is not entitled to alienate, to pledge or to encumber, in any manner whatsoever, the goods falling under the retention of title, unless alienation, pledge or otherwise encumbrance takes place within the scope of the normal course of business of the other party.   In case any encumbrance and/or alienation of the goods falling under the retention of title takes/take place anyway, then the other party shall transfer all rights and claims, which it obtains at the (re)sale of the said goods, to GBZI now for then, anyhow, the other party shall accomplish this transfer as soon as possible and if required.  Without prejudice to the remaining rights belonging to it, GBZI shall, if the other party does not fulfil its obligations towards GBZI at all or in time without any notice of default or judicial intervention whatsoever, be irrevocably authorised by the other party to retain the goods delivered by it and for this purpose to enter the place where goods are stored.


1. The term ‘claims’ shall be taken to mean all grievances of the other party with regard to the quantity, quality and/or soundness of the deliveries of goods by GBZI.

2. Claims concerning non-external observable defects should be done in writing without delay, however within seven days after the delivery thereof at the latest, in the event of expiry of this period, each claim against GBZI with regard to the said defects shall be canceled. The other party shall sign for receipt and approval upon the receipt of the delivered goods. 

3. External observable defects should be clearly mentioned without delay on the transport document to be signed upon receipt. 

4. Submitted claims concerning a certain delivery do not suspend the other party’s obligation to pay with regard to the said and other delivery/deliveries nor do they give the other party the right of settlement. 

5. With due observance of the limitations mentioned below GBZI guarantees the soundness of the goods delivered by it: 

6. In the event the other party does not fulfill its obligation at all or in time towards GBZI in accordance with the agreement(s) entered into, then it is not allowed to submit claims. 

7. The obligation with regard to the soundness of the Product of GBZI is explicitly limited to either the repair of the defects or the replacement of the defective goods or the dissolution of the agreement, wholly or in part, without judicial intervention and pro rata credit entry, all this at the choice of GBZI, under the conditions to be set by it. GBZI has the right to reconsider the choice made by it earlier.


1. The liability of GBZI for the delivery of goods is limited to the fulfillment of its obligation as mentioned in the preceding Article. The liability of GBZI for damage directly resulting from the services carried out by GBZI for the other party (other than the delivery of goods, including, but explicitly not limited to giving (technical) advice free of charge or against payment) is limited to those cases, in which GBZI has failed imputably in the fulfilment of its obligations, unless a further limitation arises from Article 11 paragraph 2 of these general terms and conditions. Each further liability, other than the ones based on this paragraph of this Article, for damage directly suffered by the other party, as well as each liability for the damage indirectly suffered by the other party, is excluded. 

2. In the event GBZI notwithstanding or based on the provisions of Article 11 paragraph 1 – for any reason whatsoever – is obliged to pay any damage, then the compensation per event or a series of related events with a joint cause shall not be higher than the amount equal to the invoice value of the purchase, the sale and/or the delivery of the goods or the carrying out of the service, for which damage has been caused. 

3. By the way, each claim against GBZI shall be canceled by the mere expiry of the term of one year after the arising of the claim, unless a legal action with regard to this has been instituted against GBZI previously.  

4. The other party indemnifies GBZI, its staff members or persons deployed by or for it against all liabilities from third parties on the compensation of any damage suffered by the last-mentioned, caused by or otherwise related to goods from GBZI.

5. All defences, which GBZI can derive from the agreement entered into with the other party in order to wave aside its liability, can be invoked against the other party by its staff members and third parties, which are involved by it in the performance of the agreement, as if its staff members and these third parties were parties to the agreement.   

6. Conditions with regard to the limitation of liability, exclusion, and definitions, which can be set up by third parties against GBZI, can also be set up by GBZI against the other party.


In the event of force majeure on the part of GBZI, then GBZI is entitled to suspend the purchase, sale and/or delivery of goods and services or to cancel the agreement, wholly or in part. In that case, the other party cannot institute an action for compensation against GBZI. The term ‘force majeure’ shall also be taken to mean: whole or partial failure, limitation or cessation of the business operations of GBZI or third parties, on which GBZI is depending, regulations issued by third parties, which restrict, obstruct or render impossible the purchase, the delivery of services, the sale and/or the production, the supply, the transport or the unloading of the goods, mobilisation, war, hostilities, rebellion, strike, lock-out, conspiracy of workers, hindrances of the railway traffic or the transport using other means of transport or the lack thereof, shipwreck, loss of, damaged or out of order of means of transport or the involuntary liquidation of suppliers or when they rely on force majeure. GBZI shall notify the other party on these facts and circumstances without delay stating whether, in how far and under which conditions it can continue the purchase, the delivery of services or the sale and/or the delivery of goods.


In the event of default as referred to in Article 9, as well as with regard to an obligation under any agreement entered into with GBZI:

–           the other party does not fulfill this at all, in time or properly;

–           the other party is put into involuntary liquidation;

–           the other party has applied for its own involuntary liquidation or when this will be applied.

–           the other party has applied for a (provisional) moratorium on payments, to proceed to wind up, as well as when its capital has been attached, wholly or in part;

then GBZI is entitled to immediately dissolve each agreement with the other party without judicial intervention, without prejudice to the rights, which GBZI can derive from these conditions, agreement or the law against the other party, including the right on (full) compensation. In the event of dissolution of any agreement entered into with the seller by the other party, then the other party shall not be entitled to rely on the undoing of the performances already carried out from both parts and neither shall there be an obligation to compensate the value in the event the nature of the performance rules out that it will be undone.


The other party is obliged to, in response to a request to that effect from GBZI, furnish adequate security with regard to the claim, which GBZI has against the other party, by means of an irrevocable bank guarantee or by means of the granting of a security considered reasonably equivalent to this. As long as the other party has not fulfilled this, GBZI is entitled to suspend the fulfillment of its obligations. 


German Law is applicable to the agreement. Place of jurisdiction and place of performance is the competent Court of Passau.


In the event of the inconsistency between the text of these terms and conditions in the German language and that in another language, the German version shall be binding.  

Passau, August 2005