1. DEFINITIONS: The following definitions apply to the terms and conditions set out below that govern this contract of carriage between you and us.
‘’We’’, ‘’us", "our" &“ Vital Link International” means subsidiaries, affiliates of Vital Link International and their respective employees, agents and independent contractors; "you'’ and 'your" means the sender, consignor or consignee of the shipment, holder of this consignment note, receiver and owner of the contents of the shipment or any other party having a legal interest in
those contents; "Carriage" means and includes the whole of the operations and services undertaken by us in connection with the shipment; "Shipment" means any envelope, document, package, parcel, satchel or piece of freight given to and accepted by us for carriage and transported under our consignment note. "Prohibited items' means any goods or
materials the carriage of which is prohibited by any law, rule or regulation of any country in which the shipment travels.
2. THE PARTY WITH WHOM YOU ARE CONTRACTING: Your contract is with Vital Link International that accepts the shipment from you. You agree that we may subcontract the whole or any part of the carriage on any terms and conditions we decide.
3. YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By giving us your shipment you accept our terms and conditions set out in this contract of carriage on behalf of yourself or anyone else who has an interest in the shipment irrespective of whether you have signed the front of our consignment note or not. Our terms and conditions also cover anyone
we use to collect, transport or deliver your shipment our employees, agents or subcontractors are authorized to waive, alter or modify these terms and conditions. When you give us the shipment with oral or written instructions that conflict with our terms and conditions we shall not be bound by such instructions.
4. DANGEROUS GOODS / SECURITY
4.1 Dangerous Goods: a) Except in the circumstances shown in paragraph 4.1 (b) below we carry dangerous goods including those speechified in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical instructions, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) dangerous goods regulations, the International Mail Time Dangerous Goods (IMDG)
code, the European Agreement concerning the international Courage of Dangerous goods by Road (ADR) regulations or any other national or international rules applicable to the transport of dangerous goods. b) We may at our discretion accept some dangerous goods for carriage in same countries if you have been accorded the status of an approved
customer and this must be given to us in writing before your shipment can be accepted. Your dangerous goods will only be accepted if they comply with the applicable regulations (see clause 4.1 a) and our requirements. Details of our requirements together with the procedure for applying for approved customer status are available from our nearest office
and a dangerous goods surcharge will be invoiced to you upon acceptance of your shipment.
4.2 Air Cargo Security Regulations: a) You must ensure and you hereby certify by completing our consignment note or tendering a shipment to us that your shipment does not contain a prohibited article as specified in ICAO Annex 17 or other national or international regulations that govern aviation security. You must give us a full description of the contents
of the shipment on our consignment note and your liability is not extinguished by providing this information. Shipments carried by us may be subject security screening which could include the use of X-ray equipment and you accept that the contents of your shipment may be examined in transit for security reasons. b) You declare that you have prepared
the shipment in secure premises using reliable staff employed by you and that the shipment has been safeguarded against unauthorized interference during preparation, storage and transportation immediately prior to hand over by you to us.
4.3 Prohibited Items: We do not accept prohibited items.
5. RIGHT OF INSPECTION: You agree that we or any governmental authority including customs may open and inspect your shipment at any time.
6. CALCULATION OF TRANSIT TIMES AND ROUTING OF SHIPMENTS: Weekend days, pubic holidays and bank holidays together with delays caused by customs or other events beyond our control are not included when we quote door to door delivery times in our published literature. The route and the method by which we transport your shipment shall be at
our sole discretion.
7. CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
7.1 You hereby appoint us as your agent solely for the purpose of clearing and entering the shipment through customs and you hereby certify that we are the consignee for the purpose of designating custom broker to perform customs clearance and entries if we subcontract this work. If any customs authority requires additional documentation for the
purpose of confirming our customs clearance status it is your responsibility to provide the required documentation at your expense.
7.2 You certify that all statements and information you provide relating to the exportation and importation of the shipment will be true and correct. You acknowledge that in the event that you make untrue or fraudulent statements about the shipment or any of its contents you risk a civil claim and or criminal prosecution for which include forfeiture and
sale of your shipment. To the extent that we may voluntarily assist you in completing the require customs and other formalities such assistance will be rendered at your sole risk. You agree to indemnify us and hold us harmless from any claims that may be brought against usaraising from the information you provide to us and pay any administration fee we
may charge you for providing such assistance.
7.3 Any customs penalties, storage charges or other expenses we incur as a result of actions of customs or other governmental authorities or your failure and/or the receiver's failure to provide proper documentation and required license or permit will be charged to you or the receiver of the shipment. In the event that we decide to change the receiver and
the receiver refuses to pay incurred charges you agree to pay them to us together with our fee for the administration involved in this extra work.
7.4 We will endeavor to expedite all customs clearance formalities for your shipment but are not liable for any delays losses or damage caused by interference from customs officers or other governmental authorities.
8. INCORRECTADDRESS AND P.O. BOX NUMBERS: If we are unable to deliver a shipment because of an incorrect address, we will make all reasonable effort to find the correct address. We will notify you of the correction and deliver or attempt to deliver the shipment to the correct address although additional charges may apply if the correct address is
different to the one shown on the consignment note or the label affixed to your shipment. Deliveries to post office box numbers are not accepted.
9. UNDELIVERABLE AND REJECTED SHIPMENTS: Where we are unable to complete the delivery of a shipment we will try to leave a notice at the receiver’s address stating that delivery has been attempted and whereaboutsof the shipment. If delivery has not been made after one more attempt by us or the receiver refuses to accept delivery we will try to
contact you and agree the appropriate next action. You agree to pay us any costs we incur in forwarding. Disposing of or returning the shipment and our charges (if any) for making a third or more delivery attempt.
10. YOUR ORLIGATIONS: You warned to us that:The contents of the shipment have been properly described on our consignment note/waybill.The contents of the shipment have been correctly labeled and the labels have been securely fixed by you in a prominent position on the outer surface of the shipment that can be clearly seen by us.The consignee's
full address including the postcode has been entered on our consignment note.The consignee’s full address including the postcode has been accurately and legibly completed on and address label has beensecurely fixed by you to a prominent position on the outer surface of the shipment that can be clearly seen by us.The contents of the shipment have
been packed safely and carefully by you to protect against the ordinary risks of transport.You have declared the correct weight of the shipment and you will provide any special equipment we may need to load or unload the shipment on or off our vehicles.
You have securely fixed a heavy weight label in a prominent position on the outer surface of the shipment that can clearly be seen by us for any item weighting 30 kilos or more. The contents of the shipment are not ones restricted by IATA or ICAO and are not prohibited item.In the case of an intra-European Union shipment where the receiver pays our
charges your VAT identity numberand that of the receiver has been correctly given in writing to us.
When you have asked us to charge the receiver or a third party and the receiver of third party does not pay us you will promptly settle our invoice together with an administration fee in full within 7days of us sending you the invoice.
You agree to indemnify us and held us harmless from any liabilities we may suffer or any costs, damages or expenses including legal costs we incur arising out of you beingin breach of any of these warranties.
11. EXTENT OF OUR LIABILITY: Subject to clause 12 below we limit our liability for any loss, damage or delay of your shipment or any part of it as follows:Carriage by air
If the carriage of your shipment is solely or partly by air and involves an ultimate destination or a stop in a country other than the country of departure the Warsaw Convention 1929 (as amended by the Hague protocol 1955) or the Montreal convention 1999 will be applicable. This international treaties govern and limit our liability for loss, damage or delay
to your shipment to 17 special approximately US$20 per kilo although the rate of exchange is variable).
12.1 We are not liable for any consequential or special damages or loss (including loss of income, profits, markets, reputation, use of contents or loss of an opportunity) or other indirect loss arising from the loss, damage, delay, mis-delivery or non-delivery of your shipment even if we had knowledge that such damages or loss might arise.
12.2 We are not liable if your shipment or any part of it is lost, damaged, delayed or mis-deliver or not deliver at all as are result of:
a) Circumstances beyond our control such as (but not limited to): Acts of God including earthquakes, cyclones, storms, flooding, fire, disease, fog, snow or frost. Force majeure including war, accidents, acts of public enemies, strikes, embargoes, perils of the air, local disputes or civil commotions. National or local disruptions in air or ground transportation
networks and Mechanical problems to modes of transport or machinery. Tatent defects or inherent vice in the contents of the shipment.
b) Your acts or omissions or those of third parties such as:you being in breach of (or any other party claiming an interest in the shipment causing you to breach) your obligations under these terms and conditions and in particular those warranties set out in Clause 10, An act or omission of any customs, airline, airport or movement official.
c) The contents of the shipment consisting of any article that is a prohibited item even though we may have accepted the shipment by mistake.
12.3We are not a common carrier and do not accept from you any liabilities of a common carrier under normal circumstances we do not accept shipments sent to and from residential addresses.
13. VUABLE GOODS: We recommend valuable goods such as precious stones, precious metals, jewelry, money, negotiable instruments, unprotected furniture, glass or china, objects or art, antiques and important decrements that include passports, tenders, share and option certificates should not be sent through our network delivery system because it
involves the use of mechanical handing and automated sortation equipment together with multiple transshipments on and off vehicles. We will if requested provide a secure transport service on dedicated vehicles or aircraft that avoids multiple transshipments and eliminates the use of automated sortation equipment for the above mentioned types of
goods but under no circumstances when carrying such items shall our liability to you exceed the limits contained in clause 11 above. We recommend you insure your valuable goods before such items are collected by us.
14. INSURANCE: You may purchase insurance for the full value of your parcel (non-document shipment) by completing the relevant box on the consignment note and paying the indicated charge to cover you against all risks of loss and damage during carriage up to a maximum limit of BDT 100000 per shipment through our third party insurance provider.
However, insurance does not cover losses of consequential nature (see clause 12/1 above) or delays in carriage or where the loss has arisen a result of your breach of your obligations under these terms and conditions.
15. CLAIMS BROUGHT BY THIRD PARTIES: You undertake to us that you shall not permit any other person who has an interest in the shipment to bring a claim or action against us arising from the carriage even though we may have been negligent or in default and if a claim or action is made you will indemnify us against the consequences of the claim or
action and the costs and expenses we incur in defending it.
16. CLAIMS PROCEDURE: If you wish to claim for a lost, damaged or delayed shipment you must comply with the following procedure otherwise we reserve the right to reject your claim: You must notify us in writing about the loss, damage or delay within 21 days after delivery of the shipment or within 21 days of the date the shipment should have been
delivered and then within the next 21 days you must document your claim by sending us all relevant information about the shipment and the loss, damage delay suffered. We are not obliged to act on any claim until our carriage have been paid nor you are entitled to deduct the amount of your claim from our carriage charges. We will assume the shipment
was delivered in good condition unless the receiver has noted any damage on our delivery record when he or she accepted the shipment. In order for us to consider a claim for damage the contents of your shipment and the original packaging must be made available to us for inspection. Your right to claim damages against us shall be extinguished unless an
action is brought in a court of law within 1 years from the date of delivery of the shipment or from the date on which the shipment should have been delivered or from the date on which the carriage stopped. All the claims must be submitted in writing to Vital Link International within 30 days from the data that Vital Link International accepted the shipment, failing which Vital Link International shall have no liability whatsoever. Shipper shall not hold any payments due to DEL.
17. RATES AND PAYMENT
17.1 You agree to pay our charges for the carriage of the shipment between the locations specified on the consignment note and any value added taxes for the carriage within 30 days from the date of our invoice. Our carriage charges are calculated in accordance with the rates applicable to your shipment as set out in our current rate card. As a matter of
course all import duties, value added taxes on goods and all other charges lived on the shipment in the destination country shall be payable to us by the receiver upon delivery of the shipment and if the receiver refuses to pay you agree to pay us these amounts in full within 7 days of us notifying you that the receiver has not paid.
17.2 Our current rate card is available on request from any of our offices in the country from which the shipment is invoiced, we charge either the actual weight of the shipment or the volumetric weight of the shipment whichever is higher and the volumetric weight is calculated in accordance with the volumetric conversion equation set out in our tariff,
destination and service guide.
17.3The door to door delivery rates shown on our current rate card include provision for simple customs clearance formalities and we reserve the right to charge an extra administration fee, where time-consuming excessive customs clearance work is needed to enable us to deliver your shipment to the receiver. Additional charges may therefore be applied
in some countries for complex customs clearance activities and these include but are not limited to the shipments that require:
(i) Formal customs entries involving more than three different commodities, (ii) Customs bonds or the need to deliver goods under a customs bond, (iii)Temporary import facilities,(iv)Clearances involving a government department other than the customs authority.We may in some countries made advance payment of import duty or taxes on behalf of the
importer and where this additional service is provided a local administration fee will be charged to the receiver and you will liable for this charge if he or she does not pay us.
17.4 You may give us special invoicing instructions or agree with the receiver of the shipment or another third party that he or she will pay our charges and/or any duties taxes, assessments, expenses surcharges and fines levied or incurred by us in connection with the shipment. lf the receiver or other third party refuses to pay our charges for the carriage or
reimburse us for any of the above costs you agree to pay these amount within 7 days of us notifying you of the refusal to pay.
17.5If we failed to deliver your shipment within the time specified and our failure was not caused by any events set out in clause 12.2 we will charge you for the actual delivery service provided (e.g. before noon) rather than charging the price we quoted for the service you asked for (e.g. before 9 am).
17.6 We have a general lien on all your shipments in our possession at any time that gives us the right to sell the contents and retain the proceeds of sale in settlement of any amounts that you may owe us for previously carried or delivered shipment.
18. YOUR INDEMNITY IN RESPECT OF EMPLOYEES: You agree to indemnify us against and keep us harmless from all costs claims liabilitiesand demand of any nature arising directly or indirectly from the redundancy selective re-employment or transfer of any employee or former employer of yours or any supplier or former supplier to you or of any third party
which may in any way arise from the commercial relationship between us and you including but not limited to any liability or national implementing legislation thereof or under any other applicable employment legislation.
19. LAW AND JURISDICTION: The event that any term or condition is declared invalid or unenforceable such a determination shall not affect the other provisions of this contract of carriage all of which remain in force.Disputes arising from this contract of carriage relating to the amount of monies owed to us by you shall be subject to the laws and courts
country in which the subsidiary or affiliate or branch of Delor of Delor the independent contractor that accepts your shipment for carriage is based. All other disputes arising from the contract of carriage shall be subject to the laws of Bangladesh shall have exclusive jurisdiction except for shipments originating in the USA where the laws of New York State
shall apply and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York shall have exclusive Jurisdiction.
20.CONTINUITY OF THE AGREEMENT: This agreement shall, unless earlier terminated continue to be operative in full force and effect. During such continuation of the agreement the terms and conditions herein recorded shall be valid, subsisting and remain binding on both the parties
21. TERMINATION: Notwithstanding anything else contained herein any other document, we shall be entitled to determine this agreement by giving 7 days’ notice. In the event of breach by you of any of the provisions of this terms and conditions of carriage, we shall be entitled to determine the agreement without notice.