The current general terms and conditions of sale (GTCS) shall be issued to
purchasers via the catalogue of reference titles, in paper or electronic form.
Consequently the placing of an order shall imply the purchaser's full and unconditional acceptance of these general terms and conditions of sale, notwithstanding any other document.
No special condition may prevail over the GTCS unless formally accepted in writing by the vendor.
All our quotations and contracts concerning the sale of reports, drawings,
leaflets and any similar documents, are governed by these general terms and
These conditions do not apply to our quotations and contracts regarding the provision of software.
Orders only become final when they have been confirmed in writing or following
payment of a pro-forma invoice.
If an item is out of stock, the vendor shall process the orders in the order in which they are received and based on availability.
Any modification or cancellation of an order requested by the purchaser will only be considered valid if made in writing prior to the dispatch of the products.
If the vendor does not accept the modification or cancellation, any down payment made shall be refunded in goods value only.
All our prices exclude VAT.
The prices given on a price list shall remain valid until the day the said list is replaced by a more recent price list.
The prices detailed in a quotation shall remain valid for a period of 30 days following dissemination of the quotation.
Unless payment is made prior to dispatch via a pro-forma invoice, payment
shall be due upon receipt of the invoice.
In the event of late payment, the vendor may suspend any ongoing order, without prejudice to any other course of action.
In the event of non payment within forty-eight hours of the delivery of a formal notice to which no response has been given, the sale shall be automatically rescinded. The vendor shall then be entitled to request, by way of an injunction, the return of the goods, without prejudice to any other possible damages. The ruling shall apply not only to the order at issue, but also to any previously unpaid orders, whether already delivered or in the course of being delivered, and whether or not the payment thereof has fallen due.
In the event of late payment or non payment, the customer shall be liable for all recovery costs.
All claims pertaining to invoices must be submitted in writing no later than ten (10) days after the corresponding invoices were sent. Once this period has expired, invoices will be considered as having been accepted.
Deliveries are only carried out according to availability and in the order
in which the orders are received. The vendor is authorised to make partial
or complete deliveries.
Deliveries past pre-set deadlines shall not constitute grounds for damages, interest or cancellation of the ongoing orders. However, if the product has not been delivered 2 months following the stated delivery date for any reason other than events of force majeure, the sale may then be rescinded at the request of either of the parties.
Events of force majeure shall release the vendor from his supply obligations.
If the nature or quantity of the delivered products are different to the description of the products ordered, the customer must send any complaints to the vendor within a period of seven (7) days following the day of delivery. If the vendor agrees to have the goods returned, the customer must return the products at issue, at his own expense, accompanied by the invoice. A credit note will be issued to the customer for any goods accepted for return.
Once the afore-mentioned seven day period has expired, the documents supplied shall be considered as having been accepted.
Ownership of products sold will only be transferred to the customer once payment in full has been received.
The intellectual property of reports, drawings, leaflets and any similar
documents shall belong to UIC.
The customer shall only be authorised to use the contents of the documents concerned for his own needs and/or for those defined in the special conditions. The customer may in no event transfer, disclose in any form, or communicate to third parties a document it has purchased.
The customer may not make any changes to documents sold to him, nor translate them into other languages, nor transpose them in any specific form, without the prior written authorisation of the vendor.
This contract is governed by French law.
In the event of disputes over the interpretation or fulfilment of the present contract and where the parties are unable to come to an agreement in a conciliation process, the dispute shall be referred to the Paris courts of law which shall have exclusive jurisdiction.
The general terms and conditions of sale are drawn up in French, English
In the event of differences in meaning between these versions, the French text shall be the authentic one.