GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRADE


All you need to know to do business with us.

SECTION 1 - Application of Terms(1) Our deliveries and services are subject to the following Terms and Conditions of Trade. We do not accept opposing terms and conditions on the part of our customer or terms and conditions deviating from our own Terms and Conditions of Trade unless such agreement is given expressly and in writing. (2) Our Terms and Conditions of Trade also apply if we carry out an order without reservation, while being aware of opposing or deviating terms and conditions on the part of the customer. We hereby expressly reject order confirmations given by the customer which refer to his deviating terms and conditions of purchase. (3) Our Terms and Conditions of Trade also apply to all future business transactions with our customers.
SECTION 2 - Offers and Conclusion of a Contract(1) Unless agreed upon otherwise, we are bound to our orders for 14 days starting with the date of the offer. After that we can revoke them, even after their acceptance by the customer. (2) The customer is bound to his order for 14 days. Our acceptance is given in writing, by telefax or by e-mail, unless we deliver or invoice immediately. The same applies in the event of amendments, modifications and collateral agreements. (3) This form is the binding order confirmation.

SECTION 3 - Scope of Deliveries and Services(1) The scope of deliveries and services is determined by the agreements between the parties. Information regarding the scope of deliveries and services do not constitute any warranty on our part to assume the risk of availability of sub-supplies. We reserve the right to claim that we ourselves were not supplied correctly or on time by our suppliers. Any guarantee or any warranty as to the availability of the products or their components requires an express written agreement between the parties, in which the terms “guarantee” or “risk of availability” are expressly used. (2) The details given in our offer/our order confirmation shall determine the quality of the products, which is owed by us. In case of discrepancies between the offer and the order confirmation, the order confirmation shall prevail. Specifications contained in catalogues, brochures, circulars, advertisements, illustrations and price lists are not binding, unless they have been expressly become part of the contract. Details mentioned in our order confirmations and drawings which relate to the quality of the product do not constitute any guarantees, particularly no guarantees as to the durability. Even after conclusion of the contract we are entitled to deliver a comparable product instead of the product agreed upon, provided that this product has been improved compared to the stipulated product and complies with all functions stipulated by the contract. This applies particularly also to additional functions, which were not included in the delivery object originally agreed upon. (3) In so far as we deliver software, the details given in the description and the documentation of this software shall determine the quality of this software. We carry out the installation of software only on the basis of a separate agreement. If no such agreement exists, the installation shall be carried out by the customer. (4) The scope of deliveries and services does not include training of the customer’s employees. A training course needs to be agreed upon between the parties expressly and in writing. (5) We only assume responsibility for installation if expressly agreed between the parties in text form under the Austrian Civil Code. Unless otherwise agreed upon, installation by us is limited to putting the delivery object up and putting it into operation. These are obligations resulting from the sale of the product. An acceptance of performance under the law of contracts for work and services does not take place.

SECTION 4 - Use of the Software(1) In so far as the delivery objects include software or we deliver software subsequently, the customer is granted a non-exclusive license unlimited in time, the scope of which is defined as follows. (2) The customer is entitled to reproduce the software delivered or contained in the product only as far as the respective reproduction is necessary in order to use the delivery objects. Necessary reproductions include the installation of the software, which is recorded on the original data carrier, on the bulk memory of the product as well as loading the software on the internal memory. Furthermore the customer may copy the software for backup purposes. However, only one single backup copy shall be made and kept. This backup copy shall be marked as backup copy of the delivered software and shall carry a reference to our intellectual property visible on the data carrier. (3) Multiple use of our software and/or use in a network requires our express consent in text form under the Austrian Civil Code and a respective supplementary agreement. (4) Recompiling the software to other code forms as well as other types of reverse engineering including changes of the software must be approved by us in advance and in writing. Should we refuse to remedy a defect and should the above-mentioned proceedings be necessary for the correction of the defect, our consent is not required. (5) The customer is not entitled to sell or give away the software itself, without the delivery object, to third parties without our written consent.

SECTION 5 - Cooperation of the Customer(1) The customer is obliged to cooperate in every respect required for the performance of our contractual obligations. Unless agreed upon otherwise between the parties, particularly the following cooperation is required: - As regards installation of hardware the customer is obliged to put at our disposal premises equipped with a periphery that meets all necessary technical requirements for the installation of the hardware. Shall our delivery objects be connected to the internet the customer must provide the necessary telecommunication access features in working order. - As regards the installation of software the customer has to provide us with the hardware, on which the software due is to be installed and to keep this hardware in a condition ensuring a 100 per cent working order. (2) Should the customer not comply with his cooperation duties and should we thereby incur additional expenses, e.g. travelling expenses, expenses for hotel accommodation, or personnel costs, the customer is obliged to reimburse such additional expenses. Waiting periods caused by the customer’s failure to perform his cooperation duties will be billed on the basis of our usual hourly rates.

SECTION 6 - Prices(1) Unless agreed upon otherwise, our prices are ex works, plus the turnover tax applicable in the Federal Republic of Austrian at the respective time. Unless agreed upon otherwise, all other costs are to be born by the customer, for example costs for packaging, transport, insurance, customs etc. (2) The prices mentioned in our offer are based on our calculations at the time when our offer is made. Should the prices for technical components required for the delivery objects increase by at least 10 per cent after the offer was made respectively the contract was concluded concerning a contract which provides for an obligation of one of the parties which lasts for more than 4 months, we are entitled to increase the stipulated prices by the proportional extra costs. (3) Invoices are made out in the agreed currency subject to the proviso that the exchange rate (parity price) of the Euro valid on the date of delivery shall serve as the basis for calculation.

SECTION 7 - Payment(1) Payments shall become due on the agreed date for payment. If no date for payment has been fixed, payments will become due upon receipt of the invoice or an equivalent statement of account. Should the date of receipt of the invoice or the statement of account be uncertain, payments will become due upon receipt of our deliveries or services. (2) If more than one invoice is outstanding, payments made by the customers will be used to settle the claim longest outstanding. (3) Payments by draft or check are not considered as payment in cash. Drafts or check are only accepted by way of provisional performance. All discount charges, collection charges, fees or taxes resulting from the acceptance, transfer or cashing of a draft are to be born by the customer. We are not obliged to present drafts, check and other methods of payment on time. If a draft is not discounted or not cashed on time, the entire outstanding debt or the balance of the debt is due for payment. (4) If the customer does not meet his payment obligations, particularly if he stops payments, we are entitled to claim the entire outstanding dept at once, even if we have already accepted check or drafts. In this event we are also entitled to refuse to carry out the performance of our outstanding obligations, until the customer effects payment or provides sufficient collateral securities. (5) The customer is not entitled to set off his claims against ours, or to a right of retention, unless his counter claims have been either acknowledged by us or finally established by a Court of Law.

SECTION 8 - Terms of Delivery, Default and Non-Performance(1) Terms and dates indicated by us are not binding, unless they have been expressly fixed in our order confirmation in writing. Delivery time is the date fixed in writing in the order confirmation. Should all documents, necessary approvals, cooperation etc. to be supplied by the customer not be produced at least one month before the date of delivery, said date of delivery shall be extended by on month, starting with the date on which all the above-mentioned documents, necessary approvals, cooperation etc. have been completed and received. (2) The date of delivery shall be considered as having been met if the goods have left our factory within the agreed time of delivery, or, in the event of collection by the customer he has been informed of our readiness for shipment. (3) If we can prove, that we have not been supplied on time by one of our suppliers despite careful selection of our suppliers and despite the conclusion of the necessary contracts under reasonable conditions, the term of delivery shall be extended by the delay which has been caused by our supplier’s failure to supply us on time. Should the before-mentioned hindrance last for more than one month, the customer shall be entitled to cancel the contract with respect to the part not yet fulfilled. Claims for compensation are excluded in this event. We shall only be entitled to avail ourselves of the above-mentioned circumstances if we inform the customer about them immediately, i.e. within 3 working days after we have obtained knowledge. (4) In the event of our being prevented from fulfilling our contractual duties after the conclusion of the agreement by unforeseen, unusual circumstances, which could not be prevented despite taking appropriate measures under the individual circumstances, particularly by interruption of operations, administrative sanctions or interventions, delays of the supply of essential raw material, energy shortages, etc., the delivery period will be reasonably extended. Should performance of delivery become impossible due to the above-mentioned circumstances, we shall be released from our obligation to deliver. If the above-mentioned circumstances persist for more than one month, both parties shall be entitled to cancel the contract with respect to the part not yet fulfilled. The customer is not entitled to claim damages from us in these cases of force majeure. We shall only be entitled to avail ourselves of the above-mentioned circumstances if we inform the customer about them immediately. This provision applies accordingly in the event of lockouts or strikes. (5) In the event of delay in accepting performance, the customer has to indemnify us for the loss caused by this breach of contract, in particular for expenses incurred as a result of the storage of the goods. This does not apply if this breach of contract is not attributable to the customer. In this case the customer’s obligation to reimburse costs is limited to the expenses incurred by us due to the storage of the goods. After fixing an adequate time limit for accepting delivery but without success, we are further entitled to dispose otherwise of the goods and to supply the customer within a reasonably extended term. The customer is obliged to effect payments by the agreed date for payment even if he is in default of acceptance. In so far as we dispose otherwise of the goods, the customer is no longer obliged to pay interest on the overdue accounts as of the date of such an otherwise disposal. However, we are not obliged to dispose otherwise of the goods.

SECTION 9 - Passing of the Risk/Shipment(1) If the delivery object is shipped to the customer upon his request, or if the handing over is done – as it normally is – ex works, the risk of accidental destruction or accidental deterioration of the merchandise passes to the customer together with the handing over to the person entrusted by us with the dispatch, but no later than when the merchandise leaves our works or warehouse; this risk passes irrespective of whether the dispatch took place from the place of performance or who bears the freight costs. If the merchandise is ready for shipment and the shipment or accepting delivery of the merchandise is delayed due to circumstances beyond our responsibility, the risk passes on to the customer upon his receiving our notice of readiness for shipment. We arrange for an insurance of the delivery objects only on the customer’s express request. (2) Unless otherwise determined by the customer, the mode of shipment is at our discretion. We are under no obligation to use the cheapest mode of shipment. The packaging will be invoiced and not be taken back, unless stipulated otherwise by legal provisions, e.g. the “Verpackungsverordnung”, or unless otherwise agreed between the customer and us in a particular case. (3) Samples, originals, and other objects provided by the customer will be stored in an appropriate manner. It is incumbent upon the customer to arrange for any theft, fire, water or other risk insurance; unless the customer entrusts us to effect respective insurance the costs of which are to be borne by the customer. The same applies accordingly if we store goods produced for the customer on his request.

SECTION 10 - Retention of Title(1) Delivered goods shall remain our property until all outstanding debts resulting from the business relationship between us and the customer have been paid in full. The customer is entitled to resell the goods within his normal business. (2) In the event of processing or combination of the delivered goods, the retention of title also applies to the new goods and we shall be considered as their manufacturer. If our merchandise is processed or connected with goods or equipment of third parties, we do not own, we will own the share of the joint property in the new object which is determined by the ratio of the invoice value between our merchandise and the other processed merchandise. (3) If the delivery object is inseparably connected with other objects, we do not own, we will own the share of the joint property in the new object which is determined by the ratio of the value between the delivery object and the other combined goods at the time of their combination. (4) The outstanding claims of the customer resulting from resale of the goods to a third party shall be considered to have already been assigned by the customer to us at his very moment in total or to the amount of our share of the joint property as security (cf. § 10 clause (2)); we hereby accept the assignment. The customer is entitled to collect these claims until we revoke this authorization or he stops payments. The customer is not entitled to assign these claims, not either in order to collect these debts by way of factoring unless the factor is obliged to transfer the collected amounts directly to us as long as we still have outstanding claims against the customer. Upon our request the customer must give us the information necessary for collecting the assigned claims, including a copy of the contract with his customer, the invoice and a list of the payments received from his customer. (5) The customer will advice us immediately of any compulsory execution measures levied by third parties against merchandise sold by us under retention of title, or against claims assigned to us in advance, and will forward to us the documents required for an intervention from our side. (6) If the customer is in default with his payments twice within six months, or if the customer is insolvent or objective criteria indicate his insolvency, we shall be entitled, in the case of resale of the goods, to collect the assigned out-standing amounts directly from the customer’s customer. Our right to cancel the contract remains unaffected. (7) At the request of the customer we are obliged to release the security to which we are entitled at our own discretion, should the value of such security exceed the claims to be secured by more than ten per cent. (8) The customer holds the merchandise sold by us under retention of title for us. He must effect fire, theft and water insurance for it. The customer hereby assigns his claims for compensation against insurance companies and other persons or entities liable for compensation resulting from the kind of damages mentioned in sentence 2 to us to the amount of our respective claim. Should there be a prohibition of assignment, the customer guarantees, that the insurer expressly grants consent to the assignment.

SECTION 11 - Product Control and Product Warning Obligations(1) In order to protect third parties against dangers which may emanate from our products, the customer is obliged to monitor the product continuously with regard to its safety (product control obligation). The customer will advice us of dangers emanating from the product immediately in writing as soon as such dangers become apparent (product warning obligation). (2) If claims based on violation of the product control obligation and/or the product warning obligation should be asserted against us by third parties, such liability will be passed on to the customer, if our liability has been caused by a violation of the product control obligation and/or the product warning obligation attributable to the customer.SECTION 12 - Notice of DefectThe customer’s obligation to examine the goods and to make a complaint in respect of a defect immediately on the receipt is determined by Austrian Commercial Code (HGB).
SECTION - 13 Liability for Defects/Limitation Period(1) If the delivered goods and/or the installation and/or the documentation are defective or if certain conditions of the goods do not comply with a guarantee given by us, we have the choice of either repairing the defective goods or replacing them by goods free of defects. (2) Should two efforts to remedy a defect fail, the customer shall be entitled to choose whether to cancel the contract or to reduce the purchase price. If the defect has been caused by gross negligence or willful intent on our part, the part of our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations and/or if the defect leads to a breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) attributable to us, and/or to attributable personal injury, injury to life or to health, or if we have given a guarantee for certain conditions of the goods, the customer may also claim damages. Should our breach of cardinal obligations have been caused by slight negligence and result in financial damage or damage to the customer’s property, the claim for damages is limited to typically foreseeable losses. In these cases there shall be no liability for production stoppages or lost profit. This limitation on liability applies accordingly to our vicarious agents and persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations. (3) Should we choose to repair the defect, we shall bear the expenses incurred. This does not include costs resulting from the fact, that the customer has moved the delivered goods from the customer’s headquarters or from the delivery location. If the repair of the defect consists of the exchange of plug-in parts, which can be exchanged without additional technical changes, we may perform our obligation to remedy the defect by sending the plug-in part to the customer combined with instructions for the exchange. (4) The customer is not entitled to warranty claims - with regard to defects which have been caused by unreasonable treatment or excess wear by himself or his own customers, - in the event of operating errors or application errors, - if the delivery object has been tampered with or altered by incorporating parts not originating from us, except where the defect has not been caused by such changes, - where assembly or usage instructions, of which we have informed the customer, have not been observed by the customer or his own customers, except in cases where the defect has not been caused by such non-compliance, - for the suitability of the merchandise for a particular purpose of use, unless this specific use is mentioned in the order confirmation or in written instructions enclosed with the goods, or the suitability for a particular purpose of use has been expressly confirmed by us. If the defect has been caused by a circumstance, which does not oblige us to warranty, the customer will reimburse us for all expenses caused by his claim. (5) The regular limitation period for claims based on defects of the delivered goods, which are usually not used for buildings, is 1 year from the delivery of the goods to the customer and, in cases of an installation due by us, from the performance of the installation. In so far as we are liable for damages the shortening of the limitation period does not apply to claims for damages based on defects caused by gross negligence or willful intent, attributable breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations), as well as personal injury, injury to life or to health attributable to us, or if we have given a guarantee as to a certain quality of the goods. If we have expressly given a guarantee as to a certain quality of the product, the limitation period for claims resulting from this guarantee is 2 years from delivery of the sales object, to which the guarantee relates. If we have given a guarantee as to the durability, the limitation period for claims resulting from this guarantee expires when the term, for which the guarantee as to the durability was given, ends. This limitation period also starts from the delivery of the goods, to which the guarantee relates. If the duration of guarantee is less than one year, the limitation period is defined by § 13 clause 5 of these General Terms and Conditions of Trade. (6) If the delivered goods are second-hand goods, any liability for defects is excluded. This limitation on liability does not apply to claims for damages based on gross negligence or willful intent, attributable breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligation), as well as attributable personal injury, injury to life or to health, as well as in case of a guarantee given by us as to a certain quality of the product. (7) Any possible application of the Product Liability Act remains unaffected.

SECTION 14 - Claims for Compensation Resulting from Breaches of Duties to Protect, Default and Non-Performance(1) Our liability for defects as to quality and defects of title are not affected by this section (§ 14). The provisions of §§ 13 and 15 of these General Terms and Conditions of Trade apply to this kind of liability. (2) Claims for compensation resulting from other breaches of duties on our part, particularly duties to protect interests warranting protection and/or obligations arising out of quasi-contractual relationships are excluded unless they are based on gross negligence or willful intent, attributable breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations), or personal injury, injury to life or health caused by us, our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the perform-ance of our obligations. If we are liable for breach of cardinal obligations based on slight negligence, the claim for compensation of financial damages and damage to property is limited to typically foreseeable losses. In these cases there shall be no liability for production stoppages or lost profit. (3) This limitation on liability provided for under § 14 clause 2 applies accordingly to claims in tort. (4) Claims for compensation resulting from delay in delivery or from failure to perform cannot be asserted against us unless they are based on willful intent or gross negligence on our part, on the part of our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations. This limitation on liability does not apply in the event of breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) attributable to us. If we are liable for damages based on slight negligence (breach of cardinal obligations), the claim for damages is limited to typically foreseeable losses. In these cases of slight negligence there shall be no liability for production stoppages or lost profit. Any possible right to cancellation of the contract, which the customer may have in the event of delay in delivery or failure to perform remains unaffected by this limitation on liability. (5) Claims for compensation resulting from other breaches of duties, default or non-performance under this section, which are no claims for defects as to quality and/or defects of title, are subject to a limitation period of one year as of the end of the year during which the claim arose and the customer obtained knowledge of the circumstances justifying the claim or his lack of such knowledge was due to gross negligence. The maximum time periods for limitation of actions provided for under § 199 Sec. 2 and 3 Austrian Civil Code remain unaffected by this provision. This restriction does not apply to claims for damages based on gross negligence or willful intent, attributable breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations), as well as personal injury, injury to life or health, caused by us, our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations. (6) Any possible application of the Product Liability Act remains unaffected.

SECTION 15 - Intellectual Property Rights(1) Claims for compensation resulting from the infringement of trademarks, patents, patent applications, utility models, registered designs or copyrights of third parties against us, our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations are excluded, unless they are based on gross negligence or willful intent of ourselves, our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations or we have guaranteed that the above-mentioned intellectual property rights will not be infringed. This limitation on liability does not apply in cases of breach of essential contractual obligations (cardinal obligations) attributable to us, our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations. If we, our vicarious agents or persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations are liable for damages based on slight negligence (breach of cardinal obligations), the claim for damages is limited to typically foreseeable losses. In these cases of liability based on slight negligence there shall be no liability for production stoppages or lost profit. This limitation on liability applies accordingly to our vicarious agents and persons employed by us in the performance of our obligations. (2) The customer’s right to cancel the contract due to the infringement of the above-mentioned intellectual property rights remains unaffected. (3) Where claims based on the infringement of third party rights are asserted against us, the customer may prove this defect of title only by having a final judgement of a Court of Law entered against him. This does not affect the cus-tomer’s right to make us a third party defendant in the infringement lawsuit.
SECTION 16 - Suspension of the Limitation Period Due to Negotiations(1) Negotiations concerning liability for defects or other claims for damages shall only be considered to exist, if the parties have stated in writing, that they are negotiating such claims. Should the reference to this requirement in writing constitute an abuse of legal rights, neither party may plead the observance of same.
SECTION 17 - Trade Secrets/Data Protection(1) Plans, drawings and technical particulars, which we hand over to the customer, remain our property. The handing over of the documents mentioned does not create any rights of the customer in these documents, particularly no license. The customer may not use these documents, particularly he may not copy them, reproduce them or hand them over, make them accessible to or disclose them to third parties without our written consent. This applies even if the documents are not marked as confidential information. (2) The customer ensures, that his employees, consultants, shareholders and others, who will become privy to these trade secrets, will be obliged in writing to safeguard our trade secrets to the extend described above. (3) These obligations continue to apply after the termination of contractual relations. (4) We are entitled to process data concerning the customer, which we obtain regarding the contractual relationships or in connection with them, irrespective of whether they come from the customer himself or from third parties, in observance of the Data Protection Act.

SECTION 18 - Place of Performance, Applicable Law, Place of Jurisdiction, Partial Invalidity(1) Place of performance with regard to deliveries and payments is Weiz. (2) These General Terms and Conditions of Trade and the entire contractual relationship between us and the customer shall be subject to the law of the Federal Republic of Austria, excluding the UN-Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). (3) Exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes resulting directly or indirectly from the contractual relationship shall be Weiz or, at our discretion, the place where the customer has his headquarters. (4) Collateral agreements, reservations, changes or amendments must be made in writing. (5) Should individual clauses of these General Terms and Conditions of Trade be or become invalid, the remaining parts shall remain valid. Should other provisions agreed upon in connection with the cooperation with the customer be or become invalid, the validity of all remaining provisions or agreements shall remain unaffected. In this event the parties shall be obliged to construe or to amend the invalid clause, so that the economic purpose of the invalid clause will be best achieved in a legally valid manner. Valid: September 2014 up to next version
SECTION 19 - Lease

(1) Lessee and Lessor write a Lease agreement.
(2) Lease agreement is valid for 1 year.
(2)If after one year the Lessee wishes to cancel the rental of the device he/she has to inform Lessor about the cancellation. The cancellation information has to be sent to (email address: orders@metos.at) at least 3 months before the formal end of the rental.  
(3) Conditions of returning the Unit: (a) The working device can be returned to Lessor in a very good condition, without any damage, defects, or any other visible damage to the Unit. (b) Only the weather station can be returned without any parts that are subject to physical wear and tear such as soil probes that cannot be used again. (c) The unit can be returned within 30 days of the end of the rental in the original packaging of the Lessor (d) If the Lessee returns the unit in a defective or damaged condition, the Lessor is entitled to charge the Lessee for the costs of repair or destruction. In addition, in case of failure to return the Lessor after 30 days from the date of termination of hiring out the Lessee, the Lessor shall be entitled to charge a remuneration in the amount of annual costs of hiring out the Lessee, the cost of hiring out being charged in advance for each year of use. (e) Licenses for services assigned to stations like disease models, weather forecasts are licensed on an annual basis and must be renewed annually.