General Terms and Conditions

I. Offer, Conclusion of Contract, Object of Contract

All declarations of intent on the part of the seller must be put in writing by the seller.
The seller reserves the right to undertake changes in the object of purchase. Unless otherwise specified in the contract, the deliverables and services provided by the seller shall be ready for connection. Delivery is free of charge. The prices for replacement part orders and accessories are ex-factory, unpackaged. The purchaser is responsible for unloading the object of sale.
The purchaser is responsible for all costs associated with installing, connecting and operating the object, such as building a suitable foundation, and ensuring connections for electricity, oil/natural gas, and exhaust and vapour emissions stacks. If the sales contract stipulates that the seller must undertake the startup and an orientation for the object of sale, this work shall be carried out immediately following the assembly. The purchaser must ensure that this assembly work can be carried out promptly. Among other things, the conditions must be free of draft and frost, and there must be adequate lighting. When used equipment is to be returned, these must be disconnected from all utility and supply lines. The required hoisting devices (lift truck, crane) must be available on-site.

II. Prices and Terms of Payment

The seller reserves the right to adjust pricing accordingly when costs increase after the conclusion of the contract, particularly when due to wage agreements or changes in materials prices. These will be documented for the purchaser on request. All prices are additional the statutory VAT. The seller is not obligated to accept checks or bills of exchange. These shall be accepted as conditional payment only. Assemblers and representatives are not authorised to collect payment unless expressly agreed by the seller. If the purchaser defaults on payment (or on partial payment), the seller may assess interest at the prevailing bank rate. In case of default on payment or when the agreed payment conditions are not fulfilled, the seller may revoke the terms of payment and refuse the remaining performance of contract. The purchaser is only entitled to offsetting or withholding of payments if his counter claim is legally valid, uncontested or acknowledged by the seller. If a written agreement on financing by the purchaser is a contractual element of the contract, the seller is entitled to self-financing.

III. Delivery conditions

Units ready for shipping and delivery must be taken over/accepted within 14 days of corresponding notice. If the purchaser requests a delay of shipment, the purchaser will be assessed the costs of storage, in an amount that is not less than 0.5 % of the total invoice amount, per month, beginning 1 month after the notice of readiness for shipment.
After setting an appropriate deadline, and after said deadline has passed, the seller is entitled to dispose of the object of delivery elsewhere and undertake delivery to the purchaser with an appropriate extension of deadline. In addition, the fulfilment of the delivery period/delivery deadline by the seller presumes that the purchaser has fulfilled the contractual obligations.
The seller is entitled to make partial deliveries. The purchaser shall bear the costs for such deliveries. Delivery periods/delivery deadlines are not binding unless otherwise specified in the contract. The delivery period begins when all technical and business aspects have been resolved. The seller assumes no liability for force majeure. This includes operational malfunctions, machine failure, and destruction and damage to the object of purchase.
In this case, the seller may rescind the contract in whole or in part, without claims for compensation on the part of the purchaser. If the seller fails to meet his contractual obligations, for example by failing to render services or by failing to render services as agreed, the purchaser shall set an appropriate deadline for the performance of such services, and may withdraw from the contract if this deadline is not met. No deadline is required if the seller has seriously and finally refused to fulfil the contract. If the seller rescinds a contract with justified cause, the purchaser must compensate the seller for any expenses incurred. The seller is entitled to offset any expenses incurred from any advance payments made by the purchaser. If the purchaser continues to refuse acceptance after the expiry of the appropriate extension of deadline, or expressly declares refusal to accept before said expiry, the seller may rescind the contract and demand a flat-fee of 20% of the agreed purchase price as compensation for costs incurred and loss of profit arising from the failure to meet the terms of the contract. In addition, the seller reserves the right to document and enforce higher damages, and the purchaser reserves the right to document and enforce lower damages.

IV. Transfer of Risk

Risk is transferred to the purchaser at the latest with the shipment of the object of purchase, to include cases of partial delivery and instances in which the purchaser has assumed responsibility for other services, for example shipping and installation. Should shipping be delayed for reasons which are the fault of the purchaser, the transfer of risk to the purchaser begins on the day in which the order is ready for shipment. The seller assumes no liability for damages during transport.

V. Reservation of Ownership

The seller retains ownership of the object of purchase until all payments stipulated in the contract of purchase have been received. The purchaser may not transfer the object of purchase to a third party before payment has been made in full. If this prohibition is not observed, all demands against the purchaser, secured creditor, and pledgee are transferred to the purchaser. Claims arising from the onward sale of the goods to customers or third parties are already transferred to us at the level of the invoice final amount (including VAT), irrespective of whether the purchased goods were resold without or after processing. During the term of retention of title, the purchaser shall maintain the object of purchase in proper condition and undertake to carry out any necessary repairs.The purchaser is responsible for insuring the object of purchase against risk at his cost. If the purchaser violates the terms of contract, particularly with respect to delay of payment, the seller is entitled to the return of the goods after a formal warning has been issued, and the purchaser is required to return the goods. The enforcement of retention of title and the seizure of the object of purchase by the seller does not constitute a withdrawal from the contract. If it becomes evident after the conclusion of the contract that the purchaser is in an unfavourable financial position, the seller is authorized to demand security and to rescind the contract if this security is not documented within the specified deadline.

VI. Defects, Warranty and Liability

Claims of defect by the purchaser require that he has duly met his obligation to inspect and give notice of defects as stipulated by § 377, German Code of Commercial Law , and has given the seller timely written notice of these defects.
The term of limitations arising from defects shall be in accordance with the statutory provisions. Parts are deemed defective when they are unusable or their use is significantly hindered by a design fault, poor materials or defective workmanship.
Parts are not deemed defective if the seller is not responsible for the defect, for example if outside factors such as exhaust conditions, bakery climate, dough feeding issues, operator failure, and the like can not be excluded. Seller's manufacturer data do not constitute an agreement on the quality of the goods under warranty law unless this has been agreed upon in writing by the purchaser and seller. If a defect exists in the purchased goods, the seller is obligated to subsequent fulfillment, and may chose to do so either by remedying said defect, or by delivering new and non-defective goods. The warranty term for the replacement part or the repair of defect is 12 months, but shall not expire before the date of expiry of the original warranty term for the object of purchase. Provided the complaint is justified, the seller is responsible for the direct costs associated with the repair or the delivery of replacement parts and the cost of measures required for subsequent fulfilment, including shipping, road, work and material costs. The purchaser is responsible for the remaining costs. If the subsequent performance fails, the purchaser is authorised to choose whether to withdraw from the contract or obtain a reduction of purchase price. Replaced parts will revert to the seller's ownership. Additional claims by the purchaser, in particular claims for replacement of damages that did not arise on the actual object of purchase, are excluded unless a) these are damages arising from injury to life, to body , or to health, which can be attributed to a deliberate or negligent violation of duty by the seller, the seller's legal representative, or vicarious agents of the seller. b) these are other damages arising from a deliberate or grossly
negligent violation of duty by the seller, the seller's legal representative, or
vicarious agents of the seller. Excepting cases of deliberate intent and gross negligence on the part of the seller's owner and business executives, in the event of a culpable breach of fundamental contractual obligations, the seller's liability shall be limited the contractually relevant, foreseeable damage. The liability for consequences arising from modifications or repairs carried out improperly by the purchaser or by third parties is cancelled. Notice of defects do not entitle the purchaser to refuse timely payment of the stipulated invoice amount. If the seller has assured specific features or made warranty pledges, the failure to fulfil key contractual obligations or to fulfil key warranty pledges entitles the purchaser to withdraw from the contract, not to compensation for damages. The provisions of the German Product Liability Act shall not be affected. In addition, the MIWE warranty terms apply; for MIWE cooling units the MIWE bakery refrigeration systems conditions apply.

VII. Special Provisions for Used Purchases

Used units must be collected by the purchaser from the site at his own cost. Otherwise Section III applies. The transfer of risk passes to the purchaser when notification is made that the goods are ready for collection. Used goods, including those which have been tested for functionality, are sold under the exclusion of any warranty. Any liability is excluded for both obvious and hidden defects, as is any other warranty claim, including obligations for payment of damages due to faults and damages arising from faults, as defined by Section VI. The purchaser is entitled to view and examine the object of purchase before the conclusion of contract. The seller provides a 6 month warranty for used, factory-refurbished MIWE systems. These systems are also subject to the warranty stipulations under Section VI. and the MIWE warranty conditions.

VIII. Licences and Permits

Building permits and other legally required permits (including private permits) must be obtained by the builder directly. When the seller delivers the units/agrees to delivery and commencement of assembly, the seller may assume that the purchaser has obtained all necessary permits and that the preconditions for delivery and assembly have been met.

IX. Place of Performance, Jurisdiction, Other Provisions

The place of performance for delivery and payment is the registered office of the seller.
If the purchaser is a registered tradesman, the business headquarters of the seller is the only place of jurisdiction; however, the purchaser is entitled to file suit at the court in his place of residence. The law of the Federal Republic of Germany applies exclusively.
The application of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is excluded. The purchaser grants the seller the right to make or commission video or photographic recordings of the units produced by the seller during or after delivery or installation, and to use these recordings for advertising purposes.
IX. If any provisions of these General Terms and Conditions becomes invalid in whole or in part, the remaining provisions shall be unaffected.