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General Conditions of Contract

for shipping and cargo expert activities, version of 01.01.1988

1. Component of contract

The "General Conditions of Contract" apply for legal relations between Client and Contractor. Any deviating conditions of business of the Client shall only become a constituent of the contract if the Contractor expressly acknowledges these in writing.

2. Issue of order

The order will be issued orally or, at the request of one of the contracting parties, in writing.

3. Execution of the order

The order, such as issue of an expertise or making up an appraisement of damage or value, shall be executed with the due care of a diligent expert.
The Contractor shall be entitled to carry out the necessary and customary examinations, to gather information, to make enquiries and conduct investigations, to travel and conduct surveys and to take/make and have photos taken/made and other vouchers at the cost of the Client without any separate consent of the Client being required for this, provided that these are not unusually high costs or unusual measures.

4. Obligations of the Client

The Client shall provide the Contractor with all information necessary to execute the order, hand out the necessary documents to him and grant him any necessary support.
If the order is extended to the Contractor representing the Client vis-a-vis third parties, the Contractor shall be empowered to do so in writing on request.

5. Remuneration

The Contractor has a claim to remuneration for his services in accordance with the rates customarily billed by freelance shipping and cargo experts.
If a cost estimate or agreement on remuneration exists, the Client must be notified if it becomes evident during execution of the order that the work cannot be continued for the estimated or agreed remuneration due to unforeseen expansion. If the Client then decides to retract the order, he shall pay remuneration in accordance with the extent of the work performed.
The Contractor's invoices are payable by the Client directly on receipt; this applies irrespective of whether the content of a survey report conducted by the Contractor leads to compensation of third parties or not.

6. Use of the services

The Contractor's services may only be used in connection with the specific item for which the order was issued. The consent of the contracting party is required for use elsewhere. The Contractor retains the copyright of the services he has performed in as far as these are eligible for copyright.

7. Business and operating secrets

The Contractor is obliged not to publicize, pass on or exploit business and operating secrets that are entrusted or made accessible to him on the occasion of the order without being authorized to do so, even beyond the duration of the order relationship.

8. Guarantee

Initially the Client can only require remedying of a defect free of charge. If a defect is not remedied within a reasonable period or if the remedy fails, the statutory provisions shall apply. Defects must be reported in writing to the Contractor directly on their discovery; otherwise the guarantee claim shall expire.
In the event of assured properties a claim for compensation shall remain unaffected.

9. Liability of the Contractor

The Contractor is liable for damage caused culpably for which he is responsible.
If the Client is a full merchant and if the order belongs to the operation of his trade, or if the Client is a juristic person under public law or a special fund under public law, the contractual and non-contractual liability of the Contractor for minor negligence shall be excluded.
If the prerequisites in accordance with Sentence 2 do not apply, the contractual liability in the case of minor negligent infringement of duties that are not the main duties shall be limited to five times the amount of the Contractor's remuneration. This shall not affect the Client's rights under the guarantee.

10. Period of limitation

In as far as shorter periods of limitation do not apply by law, claims for compensation shall become statute-barred after three years and all other contractual and non-contractual claims after one year. The period shall start with the end of the year in which the final invoice is issued.

11. Place of fulfillment and jurisdiction

The place of fulfillment is the location of the professional branch of the Contractor.
If the Client is a full merchant, juristic person under public law or special fund under public law, the professional branch of the Contractor shall be the exclusive place of jurisdiction.
If the Client does not have any general place of jurisdiction within the country, transfers his place of residence or habitual place of residence outside the country, or if his residence or habitual abode at the time of filing an action is not known, the place of business of the branch of the Contractor shall be the exclusive place of jurisdiction.

12. Law applicable

German law applies for the legal relations between the contracting parties.

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