GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SALE OF SYNGENTA SEEDS B.V.
sentence, “production” shall exclude producing seeds for replanting or vegetative reproduction. Unless expressly permitted by law, use of the seed, including the parental lines that may be unintentionally contained therein, for research, breeding or molecular or genetic characterization is strictly prohibited. Buyer has and shall acquire no rights in relation to parental lines that may be unintentionally contained therein. In the case of the Products being ornamental plant culture products for which plant breeder’s rights have been applied for and/or granted, only non-recurring flower or plant production is allowed. Violations shall result in an immediately payable penalty of € 1.00 per reproduced flower or plant. Besides the penalty Syngenta shall retain its right as a licence holder to recover the actually incurred damage from the violating party. Buyer further agrees not to remove the bag-tag and/or labelling from the Products’ packages and or labelling. 6.2 T he Buyer shall impose no less stringent restrictions than the restrictions mentioned in this Condition 6 upon its own buyers. 7. Access to premises The Buyer shall, if requested, give Syngenta, its agents, employees and Affiliates access to its premises where the Products are located at any time to enable Syngenta to inspect the usage of such Products. Syngenta shall notify the Buyer of its visit in a timely manner. 8. Packaging and traceability of Products; use of trademarks, signs and other indications 8.1 Use of trademarks, signs and other indications. All of the trademarks, service marks and logos displayed on the Products, in the Contract and/ or in any document or website referenced by them (the “Trademarks”) are registered and unregistered trademarks of the Syngenta Group, or third parties who have licensed their trademarks to the Syngenta Group. Buyer shall not reproduce, display or otherwise use any Trademarks without Syngenta’s prior written permission. Unless agreed otherwise in writing, the Buyer is not permitted to use Trademarks, signs and other marks used by Syngenta, for its own products or services, nor to suggest a (direct or indirect) commercial connection with the Syngenta Group, with the excep- tion of trading the Products in their original packaging on which Trademarks, signs and other marks have been applied by Syngenta. If the delivered Products are resold, this restriction shall also be imposed upon the Buyer’s own buyer and to any subsequent buyers. 8.2 Packaging. The Buyer shall not change or remove the Trademarks (including, without limitation, corporate or trade names and labels, any bag tag, or any indication of any intellectual property right of any nature whatsoever belonging to Syngenta), from the packaging of the Products, unless with prior written permission by Syngenta. 8.3 Traceability. The Buyer hereby acknowledges that any marketing of a Product on which any of the label, batch number, bag tag or sell-by date have been removed, erased or altered, represents a serious breach of these Conditions and of the Contract. Such breach shall entitle Syngenta in its sole discretion to terminate the Contract immediately without any compensation whatsoever in Buyer’s favor. In such a case, the Buyer shall bear all the legal, financial and judicial consequences which may arise therefrom, at its sole expense and risk. 9. Plant Breeders’ rights and other intellectual property rights 9.1 T he Buyer shall comply with the restrictions and limitations imposed on the Products by the UPOV Convention and its national implementations which are hereby incorporated by reference, and when applicable Council Regulation No 2100/94 of 27 July 1994 on Community plant variety rights, which are also hereby incorporated by reference. 9.2 P roducts protected by a breeder’s right applied for or granted in the Netherlands or any other country or by a contractual transfer provision may not be used to further reproduce the variety. 9.3 Buyer shall comply with these additional obligations: (i) If the Buyer finds a mutant in the Products, the Buyer shall report this immediately to Syngenta by registered letter, and shall make available to Syngenta materials of the mutant for testing purposes and for any other purposes without charge. Furthermore, if the Buyer maintains the mutant, Syngenta has the right to request from the Buyer, within a period of two (2) years after the detection of the mutant, materials of the mutant for testing purposes and for any other purposes without charge. The Buyer shall ensure that this Condition 9.3(i) also applies to its customers, who shall then exercise their reporting obligation to the Buyer. (ii) The Buyer shall indemnify Syngenta for any damages Syngenta has incurred as a result of any violation by the Buyer of Syngenta’s plant breeder’s rights or other intellectual property rights. (iii) The Buyer undertakes to fully cooperate as desired by Syngenta, including cooperating with the collection of evidence, in the event that Syngenta is engaged in legal proceedings with regard to plant breeder’s rights or other intellectual property rights. (iv) The Buyer shall report all sales of Products as may be required by relevant royalty collecting agencies administering rights in the Products. If the Buyer is a licensee of Syngenta the Buyer shall ensure that its sub-licensees, where relevant, also comply with this Condition 9.3(iv). 10. Statement related to Genetically Modified Organisms All the Products currently sold by Syngenta in Europe, Africa and the Middle East have been bred by conventional plant breeding methods and with parent components that have not been genetically modified, without using genetic modification techniques leading to genetically modified organisms as defined in Directive 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms. The methods and processes used in the development and maintenance of those varieties are aimed to achieve high purity standards and minimizing the risk of off-types or adventitious presence of other plant material, including genetically modified material, as defined by the applicable laws or regulations. Seed production has been carried out in accordance with existing requirements related to marketing of varieties and seed production rules including specified isolation distances. The Buyer acknowledges that, although unlikely, the risk of adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms cannot however be totally excluded. 11. Warranty 11.1 S yngenta shall make its best efforts for the Products to conform to their specifications and labels as much as possible, provided that they are handled by the Buyer with utmost care. No guarantees apply to the product specifications. 11.2 T he Buyer shall check upon Delivery of the Products the condition of the Products and absence of visible defects of the Products, and shall bear the expenses and assume the risks related to such inspection. 11.3 A ny claim or reservation regarding visible defects (such as but not limited to differences in weight, defective packaging, errors in the numbers of parcels or packages, exterior appearance), shall be made on the carrier’s receipt and confirmed by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt, sent to Syngenta within five(5) working days as from the Delivery of the Products, with the exception of seed trays and young plants for which claims shall be submitted within forty eight (48) hours of their Delivery. The Buyer shall specify and justify the nature of its claim or reservation, and identify the defective Products by their batch number. 11.4 A ny claim regarding invisible defects as of the time of Delivery (such as but not limited to moisture content, specific purity, seed coating and grading, germination rate, trueness to type) shall be made by Buyer by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt within five (5) working days from the discovery of such invisible defect and/or from the time at which the Buyer could reasonably have discovered the defect, but in no event no more than one (1) year from Delivery, after which Buyer shall be barred from asserting such a claim, and Syngenta may no longer be held liable for, defective Products. 11.5 S yngenta shall not be held liable for any defect under Conditions 11.3 or 11.4 unless (i) Buyer has notified Syngenta following the relevant conditions set forth in this Condition 11, and (ii) Buyer has provided Syngenta after receipt of the notice with a reasonable opportunity to examine the Products. In all cases, Syngenta shall not be held liable under the abovementioned conditions if (i) the Buyer has not used the Products in the ordinary course of business (in accordance with Condition 6 above), (ii) has modified them in any way whatsoever, (iii) has not stored, kept and handled them so as to ensure that they remain in a good state of conservation and/or (iv) if the defects did not exist at the time of Delivery. 11.6 If the Products have been delivered showing visible defects and (i) the Buyer has notified Syngenta following the relevant conditions set forth in this Condition 11 and (ii) the Buyer has provided Syngenta after receipt of the notice with a reasonable opportunity to examine the Products, Syngenta shall be entitled at its option to either replace the Products (or the defective part) free of charge or, if the Products have already been paid for, refund the price of such Products (or a proportionate part thereof) by issuing a credit note at the pro-rata Contract rate. 11.7 In the event of a lasting dispute between the parties with regard to the germination capacity, the pedigree, the purity of the race and/or the technical purity, a (re) inspection can be carried out by the NAK Tuinbouw, which has its offices in Roelofsarendsveen, the Netherlands, at the request of one of the Parties, for the account of the Party found to be in error. The results of this (re) inspection shall be binding for both Parties, without prejudice to the parties’ right to submit disputes regarding the consequences of such results to the institutions mentioned in the Condition 17. 12. Exclusion, Limitation of Liability and Indemnification. 12.1 T he following provisions of this Condition 12 and Conditions 11 and 3 set out the entire liability of Syngenta (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to the Buyer in respect of: (i) any breach of these General Conditions of Sale; and (ii) any representation, statement, tortious act or omission, or negligence, arising under or in connection with the Contract. 12.2 The Buyer shall mitigate any and all loss and damage in relation to which the Buyer lodges a claim against Syngenta under the Contract. 12.3 All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or law are excluded from the Contract as far as legally possible. 12.4 Subject to maximum extent permitted under applicable law: (i) Syngenta’s total liability in contract, tort (including negligence and breach of statutory duty),misrepresentation or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to the Contract value (net of value added tax); and (ii) Syngenta shall not be liable to the Buyer by reason of any representation or any implied warranty, condition or other term or any duty at law or under the express terms of the Contract for any indirect, consequential, incidental or special loss or damage, costs, expenses (whether or not Syngenta has been advised of the possibility of such loss, damages, costs or expenses), or any claims for consequential compensation, howsoever caused (including without limitation caused by the negligence of Syngenta or its employees, Affiliates, agents or sub-contractors), which arise out of or in connection with the Contract; (iii) Syngenta shall not be liable to the Buyer for any loss of profit, loss of business, loss of business opportunity, loss of revenue, depletion of good- will howsoever caused (including without limitation caused by the negligence of Syngenta or its employees, Affiliates, agents or sub-contractors), which arises out of or in connection with the Contract. 12.5 T he Buyer shall hold harmless and indemnify Syngenta against any and all claims of third parties for damages which have been caused by or are otherwise connected with any Products delivered by Syngenta, including, without limitation, claims made against Syngenta in its capacity as producer of the Products pursuant to product liability, unless such damage is caused by gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of Syngenta. The Buyer undertakes to subscribe to and maintain an appropriate insurance against claims arising from the indemnification provided for in this Condition 12.5, and an insurance certificate shall be submitted to Syngenta at Syngenta’s first request. 12.6 A ll information given in Syngenta’s catalogue or otherwise provided by Syngenta, or by any agent or representative on Syngenta’s behalf, relating to the Products, including but not limited to varieties, varietal characteristics or periods of maturity or otherwise relating to the performance of the Products and cultivation advice, is given for general guidance only. Buyer agrees that any information so given or provided does not constitute a representation or warranty by Syngenta as to any matter and shall not be relied on as such. The Buyer itself shall assess whether the Products and/ or information is suitable for application to the envisaged cultivation respectively under local conditions. 12.8 E ach possible claim regarding compensation for damages pursuant the Contract expires, if and as soon as one year has passed since the delivery of the Products in question when the claim has not been submitted to Syngenta in writing. 13. Stewardship The Buyer agrees to (i) engage only properly instructed, qualified personnel with the appropriate handling of the Products and to (ii) follow at all times applicable safe use and disposal practices as recommended by Syngenta or international organizations, and (iii) use the Products only for their intended purposes. 14. Compliance with applicable Laws The Buyer confirms that it will at all times comply with applicable local and international laws, sanctions and regulations. 15. Force Majeure 15.1 S yngenta shall not be liable to the Buyer in any manner or deemed in breach of the Contract because of any delay in performing or any failure to perform any of Syngenta’s obligations under the Contract if the delay or failure was due, or in response to a Force Majeure event. Force Majeure means any cause beyond Syngenta’s or its contractor’s reasonable control, that could not, or which effects could not have been reasonably prevented. For instance, the total demand for Products exceeding for any reason Syngenta’s total available supply through its normal sourcing arrangements shall be interpreted as a Force Majeure event. 15.2 S yngenta shall notify the Buyer as soon as possible if Syngenta is unable to deliver or unable to deliver in a timely manner due to Force Majeure. 15.3 If the situation of Force Majeure continues for more than two (2) months and the Parties have not agreed on a change to the Contract, both Parties shall have the right to dissolve the Contract. In such instances Syngenta shall not liable to pay any damages. 16. Confidentiality The Buyer shall hold in strict confidence any and all information about the Products, the know-how and trade secrets of Syngenta and its business, irrespective whether the source of such information has been Syngenta or one of its Affiliates or a third party, or whether such information was found, developed, or generated by the Buyer itself. In particular and without limitation to the foregoing, turnover figures (notwithstanding Condition 9.3(iv)) and measures for sales promotion shall not be communicated to third parties. The Buyer shall ensure that its own buyers comply with the obligations set out in this Condition 16. This Condition 16 will not apply to information that is in the public domain except where this is as a result of any breach of this Condition 16. 17. Applicable Law Any Contract between Syngenta and the Buyer shall be governed by law of the Netherlands. The competent Court of Amsterdam or, at Syngenta’s discretion, any other competent court according to applicable law, is exclusively competent. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded from these Conditions 18. Severability Any provision of the Contract and/or the Conditions which is held by any competent authority to be invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable (in whole or in part) shall to the extent of such invalidity, voidness, voidability, unenforceability or unreasonableness be deemed severable and the other provisions of the Contract and/or the Conditions and the remainder of such provision shall not be affected. Syngenta and the Buyer shall in that case use their best efforts to negotiate valid and enforceable substitute provisions and/or the Conditions for those declared invalid or unenforceable, in order to carry out as far as possible the original intent and the purpose of the Contract and/or the Conditions. 19. Protection of personal data In the performance of any offer or agreement between the Parties, each Party will comply with data protection law (“Data Protection Law”), if and to the extent that the processing of personal data plays a role. For the purposes of this Condition, Data Protection Law means laws, provisions, regulations (including but not limited to General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), AVG), and - to the extent that they are generally binding - precedents, rules, standards and other similar instruments, as applicable to a Party’s data processing.
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