Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Listed below are the County Fasteners Ltd trading terms & conditions for customers and suppliers. 

County Fasteners Ltd: Standard Terms and Conditions of Trading 

United Kingdom & Ireland - Customers 

1. Definitions

“The Company” means County Fasteners Ltd but where goods or services are supplied by County Fasteners Ltd, “the Company” shall be a reference to such supplier.

2. Application

These standard terms and conditions apply to all sales of goods by the Company to any purchaser (“the Buyer”) and shall apply in place of and prevail over any terms or conditions contained or referred to in the Buyer’s order or in correspondence or elsewhere or implied by any previous course of dealing between the parties unless specifically agreed to in writing by an authorised representative of the Company.

3. Prices and Terms of Payment

1. Subject to Clause 3.2 below, the prices payable for the goods shall be as agreed between the Company and the Buyer at the time of order and do not include any charge for handling or delivering goods where delivery does not take place at the Company’s premises. The prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.

2. In the case of special orders by the Buyer the Company shall make a quotation which shall not constitute an offer and may be withdrawn or revised at any time prior to the Company’s acceptance of such special order. For the purposes of Clause 3.1 and of this Clause 3.2 acceptance shall be effective only if made on the Company’s printed form duly signed by an authorised representative of the Company, quotations shall only remain valid and capable of acceptance by the Buyer for a period of 30 days from the date on which they are made.

3. Time is to be of the essence in relation to the Buyer’s payment obligations pursuant to this Clause 3 and to Clause 4 below.

4. All invoices shall be paid in full within 30 days from end of the month in which they were invoiced, unless otherwise agreed in writing.

5. Interest shall be payable on overdue accounts at the rate of 5% per annum above the base rate from time to time accruing on a daily basis from the due date for payment until receipt by the Company of the full amount, whether or not after judgment.

6. Where the parties have agreed that payment shall be made by instalments, then in the event of failure to pay any instalment on the due date the full amount of the monies outstanding under the contract shall be payable forthwith.

7. The Company reserves the right to demand security for payment and to vary its credit terms at any time before delivery.

8. In the case of export sales, unless otherwise agreed the price of the goods shall be secured by an irrevocable letter of credit satisfactory to the Company established by the Buyer immediately upon receipt of the Company’s acknowledgement of order and confirmed by a UK bank acceptable to the Company. The letter of credit shall be for the contract price inclusive of any tax or duty payable by the Buyer and shall be valid for at least 6 months or such longer period as shall have been estimated by the Company for delivery. The Company shall be entitled to payment on presentation to such UK bank of the documents specifi ed by the Company.

4. Delivery

1. Delivery dates mentioned in any quotation, order or other document are approximate only and not of any contractual effect and the Company shall not be under liability to the Buyer in respect of any failure to deliver on any particular date or dates.

2. The Company will arrange for delivery of the goods at the Buyer’s expense to the address notifi ed to it by the Buyer. The Company shall invoice the Buyer separately in respect of such delivery costs, and Clauses 3.4 and 3.5 above shall apply to the delivery charges. If the Buyer does not so notify the Company, delivery is deemed to take place at the Company’s premises and the Buyer shall make its own arrangements for collection of the goods at its own expense.

3. The Company reserves the right to make delivery by instalments, in which case each instalment shall be treated as a separate contract and a separate invoice will be tendered in respect thereof.

4. If the Buyer refuses or fails to take delivery of goods tendered in accordance with the contract or fails to take any action necessary on its part for delivery of the goods the Company shall be entitled to terminate the contract with immediate effect, to dispose of the goods as the Company may determine, and to recover from the Buyer any loss and additional costs incurred as a result of such refusal or failure.

5. If the Company gives notice to the Buyer of its readiness to deliver, and the Buyer requests that delivery be suspended, delayed or made by instalments then the price of the goods (if not already due and payable) shall become due and payable on the date of such notice, and the Buyer shall pay the cost of storing the goods. Risk in the goods shall pass on the date of such notice, but the Company reserves the right at its total discretion but at the Buyer’s expense, to arrange to insure the goods for at least the purchase price payable to the Company.

6. The Buyer shall at its own expense promptly return to the Company any pallets used by the Company for the purpose of packaging and delivering the Buyer’s goods.


Subject to Clause 4 above, risk shall pass on delivery and the Buyer agrees immediately to insure the goods for at least the purchase price payable to the Company therefore.

6. Variations

The Company shall be deemed to have fulfi lled its contractual obligations in respect of any delivery though the quantity may be up to 10% more or less than the value specifi ed in the contract and in such event the buyer shall pay for the actual quantity delivered.

7. Inspection

The Buyer is under a duty to inspect the goods on delivery or on collection by the Buyer or its agent as appropriate wherever it is reasonably possible to do so. Where goods are not so inspected, the Buyer must write on the delivery/collection note “Goods not examined”.

8. Title

1. The goods shall remain the sole and absolute property of the Company as legal and equitable owner until such time as the Buyer shall have paid to the Company the agreed price together with the full price of any other goods the subject of any other contract with the Company.

2. Until such payment the Buyer shall be in possession of the goods solely as bailee for the Company and in a fi duciary capacity and shall store the goods in such a way as to enable them to be identified as the property of the Company. The Company reserves the immediate right of re-possession of any goods to which it has retained title as aforesaid and thereafter to re-sell the same and for this purpose the Buyer hereby grants an irrevocable right and licence to the Company’s servants and agents to enter upon or into all or any of its premises or vehicles with or without the Company’s own vehicles during normal business hours. This right shall continue to subsist notwithstanding the termination of the contract for any reason and is without prejudice to any accrued rights of the Company there under or otherwise.

3. The Buyer shall be at liberty and may in the ordinary course of its business sell and deliver the goods or any product produced with the Company’s goods to any third party as Seller’s bailee and in a fiduciary capacity and provided that the entire proceeds of sale are held in trust for the Company and are not mingled with any other monies and shall at all times be identifi able as the Company’s and such person’s monies. The Buyer agrees immediately upon being so requested by the Company to assign to the Company all rights and claims which the Buyer may have against its customers arising from such sales until payment is made in full as aforesaid.

4. If the goods are destroyed by the occurrence of an insured event prior to the passing of title in accordance with Clause 8.1 above, the Buyer shall hold the proceeds of such insurance in trust for the Company separate from any other monies and at all times identifi able as the Company’s monies.

9. Third Party Rights

1. The Buyer shall indemnify the Company against any and all liabilities claims and costs incurred by or made against the Company as a direct or indirect result of the carrying out of any work required to be done on or to the goods in accordance with the requirements or specifi cations of the Buyer involving any infringement or alleged infringement of any rights of any third party.

2. The Company shall have no liability to the Buyer in the event of goods infringing or being alleged to infringe the rights of any third party. In the event that the goods are or may be the subject of third party rights the Company shall be obliged to transfer to the Buyer only such title as the Company may have.

3. The Buyer shall notify the Company forthwith of any claim made or action brought or threatened alleging infringement of the rights of any third party. The Company shall have control over and shall conduct any such proceedings in such manner as it shall determine. The Buyer shall provide all such reasonable assistance in connection therewith as the Company may request. The cost of any such proceedings shall be borne in such proportions as the parties shall determine.

10. Specifications and Information

Unless expressly agreed in writing by the Company all drawings, designs, specifi cations and particulars of weights and dimensions submitted by the Company are approximate only and the Company shall have no liability in respect of any deviation there from. The Company accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions or other defects in any drawings, designs or specifi cations prepared by the Buyer or by any third party and the Company shall be indemnifi ed by the Buyer against any and all liabilities and expenses incurred by the Company arising there from.

11. Liability

1. The Company shall not be liable to the Buyer:

1.1. for damage to or loss of the goods or any part thereof in transit (whether the goods are carried by the Company’s own transport or by a carrier on behalf of the Company), short delivery (subject as provided in Clause 6 above) or defects discovered on inspection unless the Buyer notifies the Company of any such claim within 7 days of receipt of the goods or the scheduled date of delivery whichever shall be the earliest (except in relation to defects which would not be reasonably apparent on inspection, in which case the Buyer shall so notify the Company within 4 months of delivery) and if following such notifi cation the Company agrees to accept liability under this Clause 11.1.1, its only obligation shall be to replace or repair any goods so damaged or lost as appropriate and/or to refund the cost of such goods to the Buyer;

1.2. for defects in the goods caused by fair wear and tear, abnormal conditions of storage or use or any act, neglect or default of the Buyer or of any third party.

1.3. for any product liability claim arising from a breach of a parts per million (ppm) level unless the ppm level has been agreed in writing by the Company prior to acceptance of the relevant order.

2. In any event, the Company’s aggregate liability to the Buyer whether for negligence, breach of contract, misrepresentation or otherwise shall in no circumstances exceed £100,000 in respect of any occurrence or series of occurrences.

3. Subject to the foregoing, all conditions, warranties and representations expressed or implied by statute, common law or otherwise in relation to the goods are hereby excluded and the Company shall be under no liability to the Buyer for any loss, damage or injury direct or indirect resulting from defective material, faulty workmanship or otherwise howsoever arising and whether or not caused by the negligence of the Company, its employees or agents SAVE THAT the Company shall accept liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the Company.

4. The Company’s prices are determined on the basis of the limits of liability set out in this Clause. The Buyer may by written notice to the Company request the Company to agree a higher limit of liability provided insurance cover can be obtained therefore. The Company shall effect insurance up to such limit and the Buyer shall pay on demand the amount of any and all premiums. The Buyer shall disclose such information as the insurer shall require. In no case shall the Buyer be entitled to recover from the Company more than the amount received from the insurers.

12. Hydrogen Embrittlement

Where the Buyer requests that the goods are supplied to it with an electrolytic plated fi nish according to the Buyer’s specifications, the Company shall have no liability to the Buyer in respect of damage caused to the goods by hydrogen embrittlement.

13. Force Majeure

1. The Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the Buyer as a direct or indirect result of the supply of goods by the Company being prevented, hindered, delayed or rendered uneconomic by reason of circumstances or events beyond the Company’s control including without limitation act of God, war, riot, strike, lockout, trade dispute or labour disturbance, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fi re, fl ood, storm, diffi culty or increased expense in obtaining workmen, materials or transport or other circumstances affecting the supply of the goods or of raw materials therefore by the Company’s normal source of supply or the manufacture of the goods by the Company’s normal means or the delivery of the goods by the Company’s normal route or means.

2. If the Company is prevented by an event of force majeure from fulfilling its contractual obligations, it shall notify the Buyer of the fact in writing within 10 days of the due date for delivery. If the event of force majeure is continuing 3 months after the date of such notice, either party may give written notice to the other terminating the contract forthwith, provided that the event of force majeure subsists at the time the notice is received by such other party.

3. The Buyer’s only entitlement in such circumstances shall be to a refund in respect of any payment which it has already made on account of the price, subject to the deduction of any sums due to the Company.

4. If due to such circumstances or events the Company has insufficient stocks to meet all its commitments the Company may apportion available stocks between its customers at its sole discretion.

14. Cancellation of Orders

Contracts may be cancelled only with the Company’s prior written consent and subject to the Buyer indemnifying the Company in full for any losses incurred by the Company in respect of such cancellation.

15. Breach

If the Buyer:

1. (being an individual) enters into a deed of arrangement or commits an act of bankruptcy or compounds with its creditors or if a receiving order is made against him; or

2. if (being a Company) an order is made or a resolution is passed for the winding up of the Buyer (otherwise than for the purposes of a bona fi de amalgamation or reconstruction) or the Buyer enters into a voluntary arrangement or compounds with its creditors or if a receiver or administrator is appointed over all or any of the Buyer’s assets or undertaking or if circumstances arise which entitle the court or a creditor to appoint a receiver, manager or administrator or which entitle the court to make a winding up order or if the Buyer takes or suffers any similar or analogous action in consequence of debt; or

3. commits any material breach of this or any other contract between the Company and the Buyer which is irremediable (or, being remediable, has not been remedied by the Buyer within 7 days of receiving notice from the Company requiring remedy), then the Company may treat the contract as being at an end.

16. Governing Law

16.1. This contract shall be governed by and construed with English law and the Company and the Buyer irrevocably agree that the courts of England are to have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any disputes which may arise out of or in connection with this contract and that accordingly any suit or proceedings arising out of or in connection with this contract shall be brought in such courts.

16.2. Nothing contained in this clause 16 shall limit the right of the Company to take proceedings against the Buyer in any court of competent jurisdiction, nor shall the taking of proceedings in one or more jurisdiction by the Company preclude the takings of proceedings by the Company in any other jurisdiction, whether concurrently or not, to the extent permitted by the law of such other jurisdiction