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Conditions of Carriage

Conditions of Carriage

1. Definitions

1.1 The meanings of the terms used in this agreement are set out below.

Term Meaning

Carriage

the whole of the operations and services undertaken by the Carrier or any Person on behalf of the Carrier in respect of the Goods (whether gratuitously or not), including but without limiting the generality of this definition, loading, unloading, and storage of the Goods

Carrier

Max Care Removals Pty Ltd (ABN 79 060 742 878) trading under its own name or under any other business name and its officers, servants, agents and Subcontractors

Dangerous Goods

Goods that are or may become noxious, dangerous, flammable or damaging, or that are or may become liable to damage any property whatsoever

Goods

the property from time to time accepted by the Carrier from the Customer for Carriage and includes any container or packaging supplied by or on behalf of the Customer

Person

includes a corporation, company, partnership or any other entity

PPSA

Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (as amended from time to time) and the regulations

Subcontractor

includes any Person who pursuant to a contract or arrangement with any other Person (whether or not the Carrier) performs or agrees to perform the Carriage or any part of it

1.2 Terms used in these Conditions of Carriage have the same meaning as under the PPSA.

2. Negation of Liability as a Common Carrier

The Carrier is not a common Carrier and will accept no liability as such. All Goods are carried and all storage and other services are performed by the Carrier subject only to these conditions and the Carrier reserves the right to refuse the Carriage of Goods for any Person, corporation, company or other entity and the Carriage of any class of goods at its discretion.

3. Customer's Warranties

3.1 The Customer warrants that:

(a) the Goods are fit for Carriage and have been suitably packaged for those purposes;
(b) the Customer has the authority of all Persons owning or having any interest in the Goods to enter into this agreement on their behalf;
(c) the details of description, items, pallet space, quantity, weight, quality, value and measurements supplied by the Customer are correct;
(d) where required by law, it has accurately completed and supplied a container weight declaration form;
(e) there is a suitable practicable road and approach for the Carrier and the Carrier's vehicles to the place from which the Goods are to be removed and the place to which the Goods are to be delivered;
(f) the Customer will be responsible for the loading and unloading of any Goods that consist of items of machinery for which a licence to operate is required;
(g) the Customer will, prior to the commencement of the removal or storage, give written notice to the Carrier of any Goods which are of a fragile or brittle nature and which are not readily apparent as such;
(h) the Customer will, prior to the commencement of the removal or storage, give written notice to the Carrier of any Goods which are properly described as jewellery, plates, precious objects, objets d'art, works of art, medals, bank notes or any other item or thing representing currency, stamps, collector items, fur or pieces of precision equipment;
(i) the Person delivering any Goods to the Carrier for Carriage is authorised to sign this agreement for the Customer and by such signature or by the signature of any other Person acting for or on behalf of the Customer the Customer accepts these conditions.

3.2 The Carrier relies on the details of description, items, pallet space, quantity, weight, quality, value and measurements supplied by the Customer, but does not admit their accuracy.

3.3 The Customer undertakes to indemnify the Carrier in respect of any liability whatsoever in respect of the Goods to any Person (other than the Customer) who claims to have, who has, or who in the future may have any interest in the Goods or any part of the Goods.

4. Right to Subcontract

The Carrier at its discretion may subcontract on any terms the whole or any part of the Carriage.

5. Extension of Exemptions to Subcontractors

5.1 The Customer agrees that no claim or allegation may be made against any servant, agent, or Subcontractor of the Carrier that imposes or attempts to impose upon such Person any liability whatsoever arising out of or in any way connected with the Goods or the Carriage of them whether or not arising out of negligence or a wilful act or omission on the part of any of them and if such claim or allegation should nevertheless be made, to indemnify the Carrier against all consequences of any such claim or allegation.

5.2 Every exemption, limitation, condition and liberty contained in these conditions and every right, exemption from liability, defence and immunity of whatsoever nature applicable to the Carrier or to which the Carrier is entitled under these conditions will also be available and will extend to protect:

(a) all Subcontractors;
(b) every servant or agent of the Carrier or of a Subcontractor;
(c) every other Person (other than the Carrier) by whom the Carriage or any part of it is undertaken; and
(d) all Persons who are or might be vicariously liable for the acts or omissions of any Person falling within clauses 5.2(a), 5.2(b) or 5.2(c).

5.3 For the purposes of clause 5.2 the Carrier is or will be deemed to be acting as agent or Trustee on behalf of and for the benefit of all such Persons and each of them and all such Persons and each of them will to this extent be or be deemed to be parties to this agreement.

6.Liability of Carrier

6.1 The Customer acknowledges and agrees that neither the Carrier nor any servant or agent or Subcontractor of the Carrier nor any other Person who undertakes the Carriage of the Goods at any time pursuant to this agreement will in any circumstances (except where any statute otherwise requires) be under any liability whatever (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) for:

(a) any personal injury; or
(b) any loss of or damage to, deterioration, evaporation or contamination of the Goods, or
(c) any damage to the walls, floors, doors, windows or any other surface of the premises from which the Carrier receives or to which the Carrier delivers the Goods; or
(d) misdelivery, delay in delivery or non delivery of the Goods or any of them,

whether in the course of Carriage or otherwise or for any consequential loss or injury of any kind whatever whether such personal injury, loss, damage, deterioration, evaporation, contamination or misdelivery, delay in delivery, non delivery or consequential damage or injury is caused or alleged to have been caused by the negligence or wilful act or default of the Carrier or its officers, servants or agents, its Subcontractors, or by any cause whatever.

6.2 Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Carrier shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to Goods which are:

(a) contained inside furniture or drawers;
(b) not packed or unpacked by the Carrier;
(c) plants, animals or poultry;
(d) jewellery, gold, silver, bank notes or any other item or thing representing currency;
(e) mirrors, china, glassware, crockery, barometers, clocks, scientific instruments or musical instruments;
(f) electrical items, including but not limited to washing machines, refrigerators, deep freeze units, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, televisions, high fidelity equipment and recording devices;
(g) of a perishable nature, including any leather or hide covering or imitation thereof; or
(h) brittle, inherently defective or in such a condition that it cannot be transported without damage.

6.3 The Carrier will be entitled to the benefit of the exclusion of liability provided for in clauses 6.1 and 6.2 even if it is proved that the loss or damage resulted from an act or omission done with intent to cause damage, or recklessly and with knowledge that damage would probably result.

6.4 Nothing whatsoever done or omitted to be done or other conduct by the Carrier in breach of the Contract or otherwise will under any circumstances constitute a fundamental breach of the Contract, or a repudiation of the Contract such as to have the effect of disentitling the Carrier from obtaining the benefit of and enforcing all rights, defences, exemptions, immunities and limitations of liability of the Carrier contained in these conditions, and all such rights, defences, exemptions, immunities, limitations of liability and like protection will continue to have full force and effect in any event whatsoever.

6.5 Where clauses 6.1, 6.2, or 6.4 cannot legally operate and to the extent permitted by law, the Carrier's liability for breach of any warranty or any term implied by law in to this Agreement is limited to:

(a) in the case of the supply of Carriage, the cost of having those services supplied again; or
(b) in the case of the supply of Goods, the lowest of the cost of replacing the Goods, acquiring equivalent goods or having the Goods repaired.

7. Route and Deviation

7.1 The Customer authorises any deviation from the usual route or manner of Carriage of Goods that may in the absolute discretion of the Carrier be considered desirable or necessary in the circumstances.

7.2 If the Customer expressly or impliedly instructs the Carrier to use, or it is expressly or impliedly agreed that the Carrier will use a particular method of handling or storing the Goods or a particular method of Carriage, the Carrier will give priority to that method but if it cannot conveniently be adopted by the Carrier the Customer authorises the Carrier to handle or store or to carry or to have the Goods handled, stored or carried by another method or methods.

8. Delivery

8.1 The Carrier is authorised to deliver the Goods at the address nominated to the Carrier by the Customer for that purpose. The Carrier will be conclusively presumed to have delivered the Goods in accordance with this agreement if at that address it obtains from any Person a receipt or signed delivery docket for the Goods.

8.2 If the nominated place of delivery should be unattended or if delivery cannot otherwise be effected by the Carrier or the Customer otherwise fails to take delivery of the Goods the Carrier may at its option deposit the Goods at that place (which will be conclusively presumed to be due delivery under this agreement) or store the Goods and if the Goods are stored by the Carrier the Customer will pay or indemnify the Carrier for all costs and expenses incurred in or about such storage. In the event that the Goods are stored by the Carrier the Carrier will be at liberty to redeliver them to the Customer from the place of storage at the Customer's expense.

9. Storage

9.1 Where Goods are stored by the Carrier at the request of the Customer, the Customer will furnish an address to which notices shall be sent, and will provide samples of the signatures of persons entitled to collect the Goods.

9.2 The Carrier shall prepare an inventory of the Goods received, including their condition, at the time of their receipt and the Customer or some person on behalf of the Customer shall, if satisfied that the inventory is complete and accurate, sign the inventory or a copy thereof. If the Customer signs the inventory of a copy thereof (or does not so sign and fails to object to the inventory within seven days of receipt thereof from the Carrier), the inventory shall be conclusive evidence of the Goods and their condition as received by the Carrier.

9.3 The Carrier will be entitled to remove the Goods from a place of storage to another place of storage at its discretion.

9.4 The Customer must give 48 hours' notice to the Carrier of its intention to remove Goods from storage.

9.5 The Carrier will not be obliged to deliver any Goods except to the Customer or to a person authorised in writing by the Customer to receive the Goods without:

(a) a direction in writing from the Customer;
(b) payment of all amounts due by the Customer to the Carrier on any account whatsoever.

9.6 The Customer will remove its Goods from storage within seven days of receipt of written notice from the Carrier.

9.7 If any identifying document or mark is lost, damaged, destroyed or defaced, the Carrier may open any document, wrapping, package or other container in which the Goods are placed or carried to inspect them either to determine their nature or condition or to determine their ownership.

10. General Lien

10.1 The Goods are accepted subject to a general lien for all charges now due or that may become due to the Carrier by the Customer on any account whatsoever, whether in respect of the Goods or in respect of any other goods for which the Carrier provides or has provided services of Carriage.

10.2 If charges are not paid when due, or the Goods are not collected when so required or designated, the Carrier may, without notice, and immediately:

(a) remove all or any of the Goods and store them as the Carrier thinks fit at the Customer's risk and expense;
(b) open and sell all or any of the Goods as the Carrier thinks fit (whether by private treaty or public auction) and apply the proceeds to discharge the lien and costs of sale without being liable to any Person for any loss or damage caused.

10.3 The parties agree that the lien attaches to Goods when the Goods are accepted by the Carrier for Carriage.

10.4 The Customer agrees that the lien arising under these Conditions of Carriage is a security interest.

10.5 If the Carrier requests, then the Customer must promptly upon receipt of a request from the Carrier do anything for the purposes of ensuring that any security interest created under, or provided for by, these Conditions of Carriage is enforceable, perfected (including but not limited to perfection by registration), maintained and is otherwise effective. Anything that is required by the Customer to be done under this clause will be done by the Customer at its own expense. The Customer agrees to reimburse the costs of the Carrier in connection with any action taken by the Carrier under or in connection with this clause.

10.6 The parties agree that, to the extent permitted by the PPSA:

(a) sections 125, 142 and 143 of the PPSA do not apply (unless the Customer is otherwise notified in writing by the Carrier);
(b) any right to receive a notice or statement arising by virtue of sections 129, 130, 132, 134 and 135 of the PPSA is waived; and
(c) any right to receive a copy or any notice of any verification statement confirming registration of a financing statement or a financing change statement relating to any security interest under or provided for by these Conditions of Carriage is waived.

11. Delay in Loading or Unloading

The Customer will be and remain responsible to the Carrier for all its proper charges incurred for any reason. A charge may be made by the Carrier in respect of any delay in excess of thirty minutes in loading or unloading occurring other than from the default of the Carrier. Such permissible delay period will commence upon the Carrier reporting for loading or unloading.

12. Carrier's Charges

12.1 The Carrier's charges will be deemed fully earned on receipt of the Goods by the Carrier and are non refundable in any event.

12.2 Any special instruction given by the Customer to the effect that charges will be paid by a third party will be deemed to include a stipulation that if the third party does not pay the charges within seven days of the date of delivery or attempted delivery of the Goods the Customer will pay such charges within the following seven days.

12.3 Where the Carrier stores Goods for the Customer, the Customer must:

(a) pay the Carrier's expenses and charges to comply with any law or regulation or any order or requirement made under them or with the requirement of any market, harbour, dock, railway, shipping, customs, excise or warehouse authority, or other Person;
(b) if any Goods are under Customs control, pay all Customs duty, excise duty and costs (including any fine or penalty) that the Carrier becomes liable to pay or pays;
(c) supply or pay for labour or machinery or both to load or unload the Goods;
(d) compensate the Carrier for any cost, expense or loss to the Carrier's property or any Person caused by the Goods;
(e) if the Goods are at any time re-quantified, re-weighed or re-measured, pay any proportional additional charges.

12.4 Where the work ultimately required by the Customer to be undertaken varies from the work for which a quotation or estimate is given (for instance, as to the nature or quantity of Goods to be carried or stored, whether any Goods are required to be detached, dismantled, secured, assembled or installed, the nature or location of the premises from or to which the Goods are to be carried, the facilities available for packing, where applicable, or loading or unloading or the times or dates upon which the Goods are to be carried, or the duration for which the Goods are to be stored), the Carrier shall be entitled to impose a reasonable additional charge, but otherwise these Conditions of Carriage shall continue to apply to the work.

13.Dangerous Goods

13.1 If the Carrier accepts Dangerous Goods for Carriage, such Goods must be accompanied by a full written declaration disclosing the nature of such goods.

13.2 The Customer will indemnify the Carrier against all loss (including consequential loss) damage or injury howsoever caused arising out of the Carriage of any Dangerous Goods whether declared as such or not and whether or not the Customer was aware of the nature of the Goods.

13.3 If in the opinion of the Carrier, the Goods are or are liable to become of a dangerous or flammable or damaging nature, the Goods may at any time be destroyed, disposed of, abandoned or rendered harmless without compensation to the Customer and without prejudice to the Carrier's right to charge for the Carriage of the Goods.

13.4 The Customer warrants that it has complied with all laws and regulations relating to the nature, packaging, labelling or cartage of any Dangerous Goods and that the said Goods are packed in a manner adequate to withstand the ordinary risks of Carriage having regard to their nature and agrees to indemnify the Carrier for any liability whatsoever as a result of or arising out of the Customer's failure to comply with each of these warranties.

14. Notification of Claim

14.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of this agreement (other than clause 15), the Carrier will in any event be discharged from all liability whatsoever in respect of the Goods unless written notice of a claim or an intended claim (together with particulars of the circumstances on which the claim is based) is given to the Carrier:

(a) in the case of Goods allegedly lost or damaged in the course of loading, unloading or transit within 14 days from the delivery of the Goods or from the date on which in the ordinary course of business, delivery would have been effected; or
(b) in the case of Goods allegedly lost or damaged during storage, within 14 days of the date of removal of the Goods from storage.

14.2 The Carrier shall in any event be discharged from all liability whatsoever in respect of the Goods unless suit is brought:

(a) in the case of Goods allegedly lost or damaged in the course of loading, unloading or transit within six months of their delivery or of the date on which they should have been delivered; or
(b) in the case of Goods allegedly lost or damaged during storage, within six months of the date of removal or attempted removal of the Goods from storage.

15. Applicable Legislation

Notwithstanding anything contained in this agreement, the Carrier will continue to be subject to any implied terms, conditions, guarantees or warranties imposed by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) or any other Commonwealth or state legislation in so far as such may be applicable and prevents the exclusion or modification of any such term, condition, guarantee or warranty.

16. Entire Agreement

16.1 This agreement sets out the entire agreement of the parties with respect to its subject matter. No other agreement, warranty or representation, express or implied has been given or made by the parties with respect to the Carriage of Goods.

16.2 The Carrier will not be bound by any agreement purporting to vary these terms and conditions unless such agreement is in writing and signed on behalf of the Carrier by an authorised officer of the Carrier.

17. Notices

Notices under this agreement may be sent by either party to the other at the address specified for each party on the reverse of these Conditions of Carriage.

18. General

Governing law

18.1 This agreement will be construed in accordance with the laws in force in Queensland and the parties submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of Queensland.

Headings

18.2 Headings are included for convenience only and do not affect interpretation of this agreement.

Singular and plural

18.3 Words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa and words importing a gender include other genders.

Joint and several

18.4 Where the Customer comprises two or more Persons an agreement or obligation to be performed or observed by the Customer binds those Persons jointly and severally.

Severability

18.5 If any part of this agreement is invalid or unenforceable, that part will (if possible) be read down to the extent necessary to avoid the invalidity or unenforceability, or alternatively will be deemed deleted; and this agreement will remain otherwise in full force.

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