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Conditions of carriage for Courier service
The parties to this agreement are:
1.1 ABBA Courier (‘the Courier’) which expression shall where the context allows include his employees, agents
1.2 the person firm or company named as Customer – overleaf - (‘the Customer’)
‘Sub-Contractor’ means any person whose services the Courier engages or makes use of to perform the whole or
any part of the services the subject of this contract ‘Dangerous goods’ means goods included in the list of
dangerous goods as defined in the Classification Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous Substances Regulations
(known as the C.P.L.Regulations), and in the classification and labelling of explosives regulations (The Radioactive Substances
(Carriage by Road)(Great Britain) Regulations 1974) and including any other relevant legislation or regulations
together with any amendments to them, or means goods which present a comparable hazard
“Theft attractive goods” include: Money, Securities, Deeds, Bills of exchange, Promissory notes, Stamps,
property, Jewellery, Precious stones, gold, silver, platinum, Other precious metals, Non-ferrous metals other than in
components, Furs, Watches, Cassettes, videos Spirits, tobacco and cigarettes
“Consequential Loss” shall include without limitation all economic losses loss of profits increased management or
labour costs loss of future business loss of reputation and goodwill loss of market or falls in prices of whatever
nature and all other damages costs or expenses or other indirect losses including any liability to or claims by any
“Consignment” means the delivery of goods in bulk or contained in one parcel package container or envelope or as
the case may be or any separate number of parcels packages containers or envelopes sent at any one time in one
load by or for the Customer from one address to one address. “Goods” includes papers and documents other than
those expressly excluded.
3 Courier’s obligations
3.1 The Courier shall use its best endeavours to deliver the goods specified overleaf to the delivery address so
specified at about or before the time so specified
3.2 The Courier shall not be liable for any delay in delivery caused by the unavailability at the delivery address of
the consignee or other authorised recipient
3.3 The Courier shall not be liable for loss of or damage to or mis-delivery or delayed delivery of the goods
3.3:1 act of God including but not limited to storm tempest or flood
3.3:2 act of war hostilities riot or civil commotion or the threat or fear of such conditions prevailing
3.3:3 criminal malicious or negligent actions or acts or omissions of third parties
3.3:4 industrial action or unforeseeable traffic conditions
3.3:5 the effect of ionising radiation or uncontrolled nuclear reaction
3.3:6 suspension or cancellation of transport services by reason of or of the threat or fear of inclement weather or
any of the matters set out in clauses 3.3:1 to 3.3:5 inclusive
3.3:7 Fire-lighting or explosion
3.3:8 Seizure under legal process
3.3:9 Act default or omission of whatever nature of the Customer his employees or agents or any person having
any interest in the goods
3.3:10 Insufficient or improper packing labelling or addressing
4 Customer’s obligations
Subject to the provisions of this agreement the Customer undertakes:
4.1 That in relation to the Goods the Customer is either solely beneficially entitled to the Goods or has the authority
of all those interested in the Goods to enter into this contract and to bind them to its terms
4.2 In the event of any claim by any third party against the Courier arising out of this contract to indemnify the
Courier against the claim and all legal and other costs incurred except to the extent that the Customer establishes
that the Courier would have been liable to the Customer had the original claim been made by the Customer but on
the assumption that the Customer had retained title to the Goods
4.3 To give any instructions requested by the Courier in pursuance of clause 3 above as soon as reasonably
4.4 To make all payments as provided in clause 13 below
5 Limitation of liability
5.1 The liability of the Courier in the event of loss of or damage to or mis-delivery of the goods (where the Courier’s
liability is not otherwise excluded) shall not exceed the declared value of the goods specified overleaf or otherwise
declared by the Customer (and pro rata in the case of an event affecting part only of the goods) or the cost of
repairing any damage or of reconditioning the goods subject always to a maximum liability of £15,000 per
Consignment or part thereof in the case of an event affecting part only of the Consignment. Where the Customer
requires a higher value of cover this shall be expressly negotiated and agreed in writing. The value of the goods
actually lost damaged or misdelivered shall be taken to be their invoice value if they have been purchased by the
Customer or otherwise shall be taken to be the replacement cost to the owner at the commencement of transit and
in all cases shall be taken to include any Customs and Excise duties or taxes payable in respect of the goods
provided always that the Courier shall be entitled to proof of value of the Consignment or any part of it.
5.2 The liability of the Courier for delay in delivery (where the Courier’s liability is not otherwise excluded) shall not
exceed a sum equal to the carriage charges or a proportion of those charges in the case of an event affecting part
only of the goods
5.3 The Courier shall not be liable for any physical loss, mis-delivery or damage to any theft-attractive goods unless
the Courier has specifically agreed in writing prior to transit commencing to carry such items and the Customer has
agreed in writing to reimburse the carrier in respect of all additional costs including insurance costs which result
from the carriage of the said items and the loss mis-delivery or damage is occasioned during transit and is proved
to be due to the negligence of the Courier, its servants or agents. The above delivery is subject to our standard
Terms and Conditions which are set out below
5.4 The Courier shall not in any event be liable for any consequential loss whatsoever and howsoever arising
(including in relation to theft attractive goods) which shall include without limitation all economic losses loss of
profits increased management or labour costs loss of future business loss of reputation and
goodwill loss of market or falls in prices of whatever nature and all other damages costs or expenses or other
indirect losses including any liability to or claims by any third party.
6 Excluded goods
6.1 The Customer shall not submit for carriage and the Courier may at any time abandon the carriage of any goods
of a type specified in clause 6.3 below
6.2 If the Courier abandons goods in pursuance of clause 6.1 above he shall immediately notify the Customer of
the circumstances but shall be under no liability in respect of the safe-keeping of the abandoned goods
6.3 The following are excluded goods:
6.3.1 Explosive and inflammable articles firearms including parts of any firearms ammunition and detonators
6.3.2 Dangerous goods
6.3.3 Any article the possession of which in or the importation of which into any country from through or to which
the carriage is to take place is illegal or prohibited
6.3.4 Any article prohibited as hand luggage by British Airways
6.3.5 Any written printed or pictorial matter which is obscene blasphemous scandalous or defamatory or proscribed
6.3.6 Human remains
7 Warranties and Indemnities
The Customer shall indemnify the Courier in respect of the whole of any fine or penalty or legal and other costs
incurred by the Courier and any other loss outlay and expense sustained by the Courier by reason
of the Customer’s breach of clauses 3, 4 and 6 above.
7.1 The extent of the Courier’s responsibilities and liabilities are defined in these conditions and the Customer shall
save harmless and keep the Courier indemnified from and against all claims costs and demands of whatsoever
nature and by whomsoever made and howsoever arising from negligence or otherwise in excess of the liability of
the Courier under these Conditions arising directly or indirectly from the collection, carriage, storage and/or delivery
of the Customer’s Consignment.
7.2 In the absence of written notice to the contrary given to the Courier at the time of delivery to them, all goods
and the packaging within which they are contained are warranted by the Customer to be fit to be carried and
7.3 The Customer agrees that he will not submit to the Courier any Consignment containing dangerous, verminous,
infested, contaminated or condemned goods unless he shall first have given to the Courier in writing full details of
the same and obtained the written agreement of the Courier to the submission of such Consignment.
7.4 The Customer will be responsible for and will indemnify the Courier against all losses damage and claims of
whatsoever nature made upon the Courier for which the Courier may be or become liable arising from the tender of
a Consignment all or part of which consists of dangerous, verminous, infested, contaminated or condemned goods
including loss and/or damage sustained by the Courier to its own property and injuries or loss sustained by
servants and/or sub-contractors of the Courier.
8 Third Parties
The Courier shall be entitled to appoint sub-contractors and/or agents and it is hereby declared any sub-contractor
of the Courier and the employees of the Courier and any such sub-contractor and also any
person deriving title to the goods from the Customer are third parties to this contract within the meaning of the
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 and shall be entitled to enforce this contract accordingly.
9.1 Transit begins when the goods are handed to or collected by the Courier for carriage.
9.2 Transit shall be suspended:
9.2.1 When the goods are held by the Courier at some place other than the destination at the request of or for the
convenience of the Customer or because the Customer or Consignee refuses or is unable to take delivery at the
9.2.2 when the goods are detained for Customs purposes;
and shall be resumed when the Courier resumes the carriage of the goods.
9.3 Transit shall (unless otherwise previously determined) end:
9.3.1 in the case of goods to be delivered by the Courier when they are tendered at the usual place of delivery
within the customary delivery hours of the district, or at such other times or places as may be agreed between the
Courier and the Customer;
9.3.2 in the case of goods not to be delivered by the Courier awaiting order or collection, at the expiration of one
clear day after notice of arrival has been given either orally or in writing to the consignee or, to the sender when the
address of the Consignee is not known; provided that when the addresses of both the sender and consignee are
not known, the said end shall be at the expiration of one clear day after the arrival of the goods at the place to
which they are consigned.
9.4 The Courier shall be entitled to raise a charge in respect of any wasted or needless journeys made or for any
delay in attempting to effect delivery of the goods due to any default of the Customer and/or consignee in
accordance with its own costings scales.
10 Means of transport
10.1 Goods accepted by the Courier for carriage may be carried by such means of transport and by such route as
the Courier thinks fit and these conditions shall apply to whatever means or routes by which the goods are carried.
10.2 Goods carried wholly or partly by water or air or rail shall in connection with liability in respect of such carriage
be carried subject to the applicable Conditions of Carriage by water or air or rail of the carrier who carries the goods
such conditions to be read as though reference therein to water or air or rail carrier were reference to the Courier.
In the absence of proof to the contrary where goods are carried partly by land and partly by water or air or rail any
loss damage or delay shall be deemed to have occurred whilst the goods are being carried by road.
11 Loading and unloading
11.1 On collection or delivery at a Sender’s or Consignee’s premises the Courier shall be under no obligation to
provide any plant, power or labour for loading or unloading.
11.2 Subject to these Conditions, the Courier’s servants and/or employees have no authority to give assistance
other than under supervision in the loading and unloading at the usual place of collection or delivery and the
Courier shall not be liable for any loss or damage howsoever caused including negligence
attributable to such or to any other assistance given and the Customer shall indemnify the Courier against any
claims made against the Courier as a result of any such other assistance given.
11.3 Consignments or part thereof requiring special appliances for unloading from a road vehicle are accepted for
carriage only on the condition that the Customer has duly ascertained from the consignee that such appliances are
available at the destination. Where the Courier is, without prior arrangement in writing having been made by the
Customer, called upon to load or unload Consignments or parts thereof for which special appliances are required,
the Courier shall be under no liability whatsoever to the Customer for any damage howsoever caused, whether or
not by the negligence of the Courier and the Customer shall be responsible for and indemnify the Courier against
any damage or liability which the Courier may suffer or incur either itself or in respect of loss, damage or injury
suffered by the Courier’s employees or any third party.
12 Dangerous goods
12.1 Except where the Courier has agreed in writing, the Courier does not contract to carry or
store dangerous, verminous, infested, contaminated or condemned goods.
12.2 Where the Courier accepts dangerous goods (in this Condition 12 called ‘the Goods’) for carriage or storage
the Goods will be carried or stored subject to all the foregoing Conditions and subject also to the special Conditions
specified and referred to in this Condition and in the event of conflict between the said special Conditions and the
foregoing, the special Conditions shall prevail.
12.3 The special Conditions relating to the carriage of the Goods are:
12.3.1 At the time of tendering the Goods for carriage or storage the sender shall supply to the Courier a
declaration in writing giving adequate and sufficient information in relation to the nature of the Goods and the
hazard presented (whether or not required by statute).
12.3.2 The Goods shall be properly and sufficiently packed and labelled in accordance with any requirements
specified by the Courier or otherwise with any statutory regulations in force applicable to the carriage of the Goods
including but not limited to the C.P.L. and allied regulations.
12.3.3 Any additional Conditions and/or requirements communicated to the Customer by the Courier shall prevail
12.3.4 In case of non-compliance with any of the provisions of this Condition:
220.127.116.11 in any event the Courier shall not be under any liability whatsoever in respect of the dangerous
Consignment save in the case of wilful misconduct by the Courier in which case liability shall be determined in
accordance with these Conditions; and
18.104.22.168 the Customer will be responsible for and indemnify the Courier against loss or damage and claims made
upon it for which it may be or become liable in respect of injury to persons or damage to property unless the
Customer proves that the loss or damage or injury is due to the wilful misconduct of the Courier.
12.4 The Courier shall not be liable for loss of, or damage or delay to the Goods unless the Customer proves that
such loss, damage or delay was not caused wholly or partly by failure on his part to comply with any of the special
Conditions in paragraph 12.3 hereof.
12.5 The Courier may at any time at the sender’s sole risk and expense return the whole or any part of the
dangerous Consignment to the Customer (who shall receive it at once) or destroy or otherwise dispose of the
whole or any part thereof if the Courier is of the opinion that it is necessary or advisable to do so.
13.1 The Customer shall pay for the delivery service within 30 days of receipt of the Couriers’ invoice without set-off
or deduction or counterclaim
13.2 In default of payment the Courier shall be entitled to charge interest at the rate of 5% above the then
prevailing base lending rate of National Westminster Bank Plc from the date of invoice
14 Time Limits for Claims
14.1 The Courier shall not be liable for any damage to goods or delay unless it is advised in writing within 21 days
of delivery or the date specified for delivery in regard to goods not actually received.
14.2 In any event any damaged goods must made available to the Courier for inspection
14.3 The Courier shall not be liable for any loss or mis-delivery unless it is advised in writing by the Customer
(otherwise than upon delivery of the Courier’s documents) within 28 days of transit commencing and the claim is
made in writing within 42 days after transit began
14.4 The Courier shall in any event be discharged from all liability whatsoever in respect of the Consignment unless
proceedings are commenced within a period of one year from the termination or transit or, in the case of loss misdelivery
or non-delivery of the whole Consignment, from the said 28 days referred to in Clause 14.3.
15 Courier’s lien
The Courier shall have a general lien against the owner of the Goods for any money due from the Customer or
such other owner to the Courier and if any such lien is not satisfied within a reasonable time the Courier may in its
absolute discretion sell all or part of the Goods as agent for the owner and apply the proceeds towards the money
due and the expenses of retention insurance and sale of the Goods and shall on accounting to the Customer for
any surplus be discharged from all liability whatever in respect of the Goods
16 The contract and these Terms and Conditions shall be construed and governed by the Laws of England.