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RIM logistics, ltd.

U.S. Terms and Conditions of Service

1. Introduction

R.I.M. logistics ltd. (RIM) provides services to customers as a customs broker, domestic freight forwarder, domestic property broker, international air carrier and non-vessel operating common carrier.  Except as otherwise set forth herein or in a fully executed written agreement between RIM and Customer, these Terms and Conditions govern all such services provided by RIM for Customer; and supersede any conflicting terms and conditions contained in any Documentation, oral agreement, promise, representation or understanding between or among the parties, including those in any bills of lading or waybills.

No agent or employee of the parties may alter these Terms and Conditions, unless in writing and signed by both parties.  The signature of any driver or agent of RIM on any Documentation shall be solely for the convenience of the party tendering such shipment and shall not constitute an acceptance by RIM of any terms which vary from these Terms and Conditions.

 2. Definitions

”RIM” shall mean R.I.M. Logistics Ltd., an Illinois corporation providing services to Customer(s).

“Customer” shall mean the person or entity to whom RIM is rendering service, as well as their principals, agents and/or representatives, and their shippers, importers, exporters, carriers, secured parties, warehousemen, buyers and/or sellers, shippers’ agent, insurers and underwriters, break bulk agents and consignees and any party having an interest in the shipment or service.  It is the responsibility of Customer to provide notice of these Terms and Conditions to all such principals, agents and/or representatives with an interest in the Shipment.

“WARSAW CONVENTION” means whichever of the following instruments is applicable to the contract of carriage:  the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, signed at Warsaw, 12 October 1929; that Convention as amended at The Hague on 28 September 1955; that Convention as amended at The Hague 1955 and by Montreal Protocol No. 1, 2, or 4 (1975) as the case may be.  “MONTREAL CONVENTION” means the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, done at Montreal on 28 May 1999.

“Documentation” shall mean all information received from Customer or any Third Party acting for the Customer, or RIM whether in paper or electronic form.

3. RIM as Agent

RIM acts as the agent of Customer for the purpose of providing RIM services for Customer, including without limitation, duties in connection with the entry and release of goods, poste entry services, the filing of export documents on behalf of the Customer, and all other dealings with government agencies, or for arranging for transportation services or other logistics services in any capacity other than as a carrier.  As to all other services, RIM acts as an independent contractor in relation to Customer.

4. Quotations Not Binding

Quotations as to fees, rates of duty, freight charges, insurance premiums, and other charges given by RIM to Customer are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice; no quotation shall be binding upon RIM unless RIM in writing agrees to undertake the handling or transportation of the shipment at a specific rate or amount set forth in the quotation and payment arrangements are agreed to between RIM and Customer.

5. Review and Disclosure

(a) Customer shall review for accuracy all declarations and all other documents that RIM prepares or files with any Third Party for or on behalf of Customer. Customer shall immediately inform RIM in writing of any error, discrepancy, incorrect statement, or omission within any declaration or other document that RIM prepares or files for or on behalf of Customer. Customer is solely responsible for any inaccuracies in the foregoing declarations and other documents. (b) Customer shall disclose to RIM any and all information required to import, export, or enter any goods that are the subject of services provided by RIM to or for Customer. In preparing and submitting customs entries, export declarations, applications, documents, and export data to any Third Party, RIM may exclusively rely on the contents of the Documentation and on all other information furnished by Customer or by any Third Party acting for or on behalf of the Customer, and RIM shall not be required to verify the accuracy or completeness of such Documentation and other information.  Customer warrants and represents to RIM that the information set forth on the face of the RIM waybill, bill of lading(s), or other shipping document, or the information supplied to RIM, or electronically regarding any shipment(s), is complete and accurate; and that each package and/or article in the shipment(s) is properly and completely described including correct weight and measurement, is adequately packaged to protect the enclosed goods from loss or damage with ordinary care in handling, is properly classified, described, packaged, marked and labeled and is in proper condition for transportation according to the applicable regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration, including without limitation all regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials, regardless of mode of transport based on 49  C.F.R. Parts 171, 172 and 173 or the current edition of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations.  Customer’s violation of any of these warranties will excuse RIM from any liability whatsoever for damage to any item(s) incurred as a result of such violation, and shall also cause Customer to be liable to RIM for all claims, fines, penalties, damages, costs, or other sums, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by RIM as a result of such violation.

6. Third Party Liability Limitations and Other Third Party Terms and Conditions.

Third Parties to whom RIM entrusts Customer’s goods may impose terms and conditions of their service, including limiting their liability for loss or damage. Absent the Customer’s written request, RIM is not required to inform Customer regarding any such liability limitations or other terms or conditions of a Third Party. RIM will request coverage from the Third Party exceeding the Third Party limitation and the Third Party’s modification or waiver of its other terms and conditions only upon written instructions from the Customer, and Customer shall pay all charges therefore. Absent written instructions from the Customer, RIM may at its discretion tender the Customer’s goods to a Third Party subject to the Third Party’s limitations of liability and subject to all other terms and conditions of the Third Party’s service. Customer must give RIM the foregoing written instructions when Customer requests RIM’s services for a particular transaction.

7. Insurance

The Company is not obliged to procure insurance on Customer’s behalf absent Customer’s written request when Customer requests the Company’s services for a particular transaction. Customer shall pay all premiums and costs incurred by the Company in connection with procuring requested insurance.  In the event insurance is provide by RIM to Customer, any and all deductibles, exclusions, restrictions or exceptions will apply.

8. Limited Warranty

(a) Except as otherwise provided herein, RIM warrants to Customer that RIM shall use reasonable care, diligence, and skill to provide RIM’s services, and RIM makes no other express or implied warranty in connection with its services or the services of any Third Party. (b) RIM’s recommendation or engagement of a Third Party to render services for or on behalf of Customer shall not constitute RIM’s representation or warranty that such Third Party will render adequate services. RIM shall not be liable to Customer for any negligent or intentional act, omission, or inaction of such Third Parties, including without limitation, any delay or loss that occurs while a shipment is in the custody or control of a Third Party. RIM shall not be liable for its negligent selection or entrustment of a Third Party. Customer shall bring all claims involving any negligent or intentional act, omission, or inaction of a Third Party solely against that Third Party, whether or not the Third Party was recommended or engaged by RIM. RIM shall not be liable to Customer for any delay or loss caused by the selection or change of a particular shipping route or shipping procedure, whether or not recommended, selected, or changed by RIM or by any Third Party. (c) RIM shall be liable only for its own actions and omissions, including RIM’s breach of these terms and conditions, the terms of any invoice or bill of lading, and the terms of any other agreement with the Customer, and RIM’s liability for which is limited.

9. Limits of Liability

RIM shall not be liable for loss, damage, delay or monetary losses of any type caused by:  acts of God; acts of public authorities acting with actual or apparent authority; strikes; labor disputes; weather; mechanical failures; aircraft failures; civil commotions; acts or omissions of customs or quarantine officials; acts of carriers related to security; the nature of the Shipment or any defects thereof; acts of public enemies; hazards incident to a state of war; acts of terrorism; or acts, defaults or omissions of the shipper, including but not limited to, inadequate or improper packaging, marking, addressing or the provision of incomplete or inaccurate shipping instructions, Documentation or related information. RIM shall not be liable for loss, damage or deterioration from delay, consequential loss or damage, damage or destruction of cargo from extremes of temperature, changes of atmospheric pressure, inherent vice or moth, insects, vermin, infestation, wear and tear or deterioration. RIM shall not be liable for loss or damage to shipping containers or any exterior packaging. RIM’ liability for loss, damage, delay or other monetary losses suffered in connection with services performed by RIM is limited as set forth below unless Customer and RIM agree, prior to RIM rendering services with respect to a Shipment, to greater liability by RIM or to coverage through RIM’ all risk marine policy, up to the actual or declared value of the Shipment, subject to a fee for such increased liability or coverage:

9.1  Where the claim arises from activities relating to Customs business to include Container Freight Station activities, RIM liability is limited to $50.00 per entry or the amount of brokerage fees paid to RIM for the entry, whichever is less.

9.2  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the domestic warehousing or transportation of new goods within the United States or originating in the United States destined for Canada, RIM liability is limited to the lesser of: (a) $50.00 per Shipment or $0.50 per pound per piece of cargo lost, damaged, mis-delivered or otherwise adversely affected, whichever is greater; (b)The replacement value of the affected article or articles with an item of like kind and quality; (c) Customer’s cost of the affected article or articles; or (d) The repair cost in the event that a claimed item can be repaired. If a claimed damaged item cannot be repaired, Customer shall provide, at its own expense, a third party assessment and/or technician report which details the extent of the damage and why the item is unable to be repaired.

9.3  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the domestic warehousing or transportation of used goods within the United States or originating in the United States destined for Canada, RIM liability is limited to the lesser of: (a)$10.00 per Shipment or $0.10 per pound per piece of cargo lost, damaged, mis-delivered or otherwise adversely affected, whichever is greater; (b)The replacement value of the affected article or articles with an item of like kind and quality; (c) Customer’s cost of the affected article or articles; or (d) The repair cost in the event that a claimed item can be repaired.  If a claimed damaged item cannot be repaired, Customer shall provide, at its own expense, a third party assessment and/or technician report which details the extent of the damage and why the item is unable to be repaired.

9.4 Where the claim arises from activities relating to the transportation of goods within Canada or originating in Canada destined for the United States, RIM liability is limited to the lesser of: (a) The value of the Shipment at the place and time of origin; or (b) $2.00 Canadian per pound computed on the total weight of the Shipment. (c) At the time of delivery, the consignee must note on the delivery receipt any exceptions to the count or condition of the shipment or the shipping containers.

9.5 Where the claim arises from activities relating to the transportation of goods moving by international air, RIM liability is limited under the Warsaw convention as amended by the Montreal Protocol No. 4 to 17 special drawing rights (SDR) per kilogram of the affected article or articles. SDR is created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and shall be defined and valued in accordance with prevailing IMF publications.  Exchange rate to be based on the actual ship date of the goods.

9.6  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the transport of goods moving by sea, RIM liability is limited pursuant to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and/or the Harter Act to $500.00 per Package (or standard freight unit). Refer to the RIM Ocean HB terms and conditions for details.  Exchange rate, if applicable, to be based on the actual ship date of the goods.

At the time of delivery, the consignee must note on the delivery receipt any exceptions to the count or condition of the shipment or the shipping containers.  RIM shall not be liable for concealed loss or damage not noted on the delivery receipt and/or not consistent with visible signs of damage to the outside shipping container(s), unless Customer provides written notice to RIM within 48 hours of delivery and is able to prove that such loss or damage occurred while the shipment was in RIM or RIM agent possession.  A clear delivery receipt shall be prima facie evidence of ordinary care in handling and receipt of the shipment(s) in full and in good condition.  Notations such as “subject to inspection or count” will not be considered evidence of damage or shortage. In no event shall RIM be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, including but not limited to, loss of profits or loss of market, whether or not RIM had knowledge that such damages or losses might occur. In no event shall RIM liability for aggregate losses at any one time at any one place exceed $100,000 unless mutually agreed upon in writing by both parties prior to tender of the shipment(s).  Where Customer seeks to declare a value for a shipment consisting of more than one piece, it shall be Customer’s responsibility to have a numbered label affixed to each such piece and then to declare a value correlating to each such number in the space provided on the face of the shipping document(s).  Failing compliance with this requirement, RIM liability for loss or damage to any part of such shipment shall be limited to the average declared value of the shipment times the number of the piece(s) lost or damage.

10. Claims

10.1  At time of delivery, the consignee shall sign a delivery receipt acknowledging receipt of the Shipment and any apparent exceptions to the good order, count and condition of the Shipment. Any additional exceptions discovered during a further inspection in the driver’s presence shall be noted on the delivery receipt.   If no exceptions to good order, count or condition are noted on the delivery receipt, the Shipment is presumed to have been delivered in the same good order, count and condition as when initially received by RIM.  Notations such as “subject to inspection” and “subject to count” do not constitute exceptions to the good order, count and condition of the Shipment.

10.2  If any loss or damage not ascertainable at time of delivery is later discovered, written notice must be provided to RIM no later than 14 days after the date of delivery, after which time, with no notice having been given, the Shipment is presumed to have been delivered in the same good order, count and condition as when initially received by RIM

10.3  If a Shipment is delayed, lost or otherwise not delivered, written notice must be provided to RIM no later than 14 days after the date on which the Shipment should have been delivered, after which time, with no notice having been given, the Shipment is presumed to have been delivered in the same good order, count and condition as when initially received by RIM.

10.4  RIM is entitled to inspect the Shipment and all materials used to package or protect the Shipment at the place of delivery in the same condition as at delivery.  Failure to maintain the shipment at the place of delivery may result in declination of claim. Failure to supply packing material for inspection may result in declination of claim.

10.5  It is incumbent upon the claimant and any other interested party to mitigate the damages to the extent that is reasonably possible.

10.6  Unless subject to a specific statute or international convention establishing a longer period, all claims for loss, damage or delay must be submitted in writing to the RIM local office or to the RIM Corporate office located at 200 North Gary Avenue, Roselle, IL 60172, USA, Attn:  Claims, or sent via email to claims@RIMlogistics.com.   Such claims must include copies of all shipping Documentation, delivery receipts, invoices, photos and any other documents supporting the claim.  The failure to provide timely notice shall be a complete defense to any suit or action commenced by Customer for the loss, damage or delay.

10.7  Unless subject to a specific statute or international convention establishing a longer period, suit to recover for any loss, damage or delay must be instituted within the following time periods:

 10.7.1  For claims arising out of ocean transportation, one year from the date the claim has been denied in writing, in whole or in part, by RIM.

 10.7.2  For claims arising out of air or ground transportation, two years from the date the claim has been denied in writing, in whole or in part, by RIM.

10.7.3 For claims arising out of the preparation and/or submission of an import entry, 60 days from the date of liquidation of the entry.

10.8  All suits to recover a claim must be filed in a state or federal court located in Du Page County, Illinois. Customer and RIM consent to personal jurisdiction in such courts and waive all objections thereto.  The rights and obligations of the parties shall be determined according to the applicable laws of the United States or an international convention and otherwise to the laws of the State of Illinois.

10.9  No claim will be considered until all current and past due transportation charges owed by Customer to RIM have been paid in full. The amount of freight claims may not be deducted from transportation charges.

10.10 If RIM pays a claim for loss of or damage to a Shipment, RIM shall be entitled to possession of the portion of the Shipment for which the claim was made or the salvage value thereof.

10.11  Claims for overcharges or duplicate payments must be received in writing by RIM no later than 180 days of Customer’s receipt of the original invoice from RIM; and, provided that such claim has been timely filed, any action or proceeding by Customer against RIM to recover such charges shall be commenced not more than 18 months after Customer’s receipt of RIM applicable invoice.

10.12  Claims for damage to Customer’s, a shipper’s and/or a consignee’s premises incurred during performance of service(s) by RIM will be deemed untimely unless such damage is noted on the bill of lading or delivery receipt, or unless reported to RIM in writing to 200 North Gary Avenue, Roselle, IL 60172 USA, Attn:  Claims or claims@RIMlogistics.com within 24 hours of service at that location.  RIM shall be entitled to make inspection of any property damage prior to any repairs.  Failure of Customer, the shipper and/or the consignee to notify RIM of any such damage in a timely manner will be grounds for declination of any such claim and shall serve as a bar to any recovery in a court of law or otherwise.

10.13  Except as provided by any statute, treaty, or international convention, Customer must commence all lawsuits and all other proceedings against RIM within 90 days from the date on which the matter, fact, thing, occurrence, nonoccurrence, loss, or damage that is the subject of the lawsuit or other proceeding first occurred or failed to occur unless otherwise outlined in this document. The foregoing limitations shall: (a) apply to counterclaims and actions for recoupment or setoff, regardless of the date on which RIM commences its action against Customer, and (b) inure to the benefit of RIM’s subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, and contractors if any of them are named in such lawsuit or other proceeding.

11. Prohibited Cargo

The following articles shall not be tendered to RIM for transportation, and if tendered RIM shall not provide any liability coverage unless agreed in writing.  The articles include, but is not limited to:  any Shipment prohibited by law, aircrafts,  aircraft parts, animals (live), antiques, artwork, fine arts, statues, asbestos tiles, bank notes, blood/blood products, bulk commodities, cement, confectionary/chocolates, currency, Dangerous Goods Red label, eggs in the shell, explosives/fireworks, fertilizer, firearms & ammunition, fishmeal, furs & hides (processed & unprocessed), gems and precious stones, gold & bullion, iPods, IPads, jewelry (non-costume), meats/seafood (fresh, not frozen), nuclear fuels, one-of-a-kind articles or prototypes,  PDA’s, handhelds & accessories, perfume products, pharmaceuticals, plants/flowers (live), precious metals, securities, monies, silver items, stamps, tobacco products/cigarettes, unprotected or unpackaged goods, valuable rugs (Persian, oriental)valuable papers (to include but not limited to bonds, deeds, documents, manuscripts, plans, securities, stamps, treasury notes), watches, yachts, X-ray or similar tubes.  This list is not exhaustive, please contact RIM to determine if there are any exclusions based on specific commodities.  Exclusions may apply to general merchandise such as used goods, automobiles and/or vehicles, bagged goods, ceramic and porcelain products including tile, personal effects, household goods, granite slabs and tile.

RIM shall not be liable for any loss, damage, delay, liabilities, penalties or fines resulting from the transportation of any of the foregoing articles, however described or miss-described in the shipping Documentation, and no employee or agent of RIM has any authority to accept for transportation such articles or to waive the limitations herein contained.  RIM retains the right to refuse any such Shipment prior to acceptance.  In the event RIM discovers after acceptance of a Shipment that the Shipment contains any of the herein mentioned articles, it reserves the right to refuse the Shipment, or, if already in transit, to refuse to deliver the Shipment to the consignee.  Customer agrees to pay all expenses, freight charges, fines and penalties for said Shipment.  Customer further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless RIM from any and all loss, damage, delay, liabilities, penalties or fines of whatsoever nature arising out of or related in any way to said Shipment.

12. Advancing Money

All charges must be paid by Customer in advance unless RIM agrees in writing to extend credit to Customer pursuant to a signed Credit Application. RIM’s extension of credit to Customer in connection with a particular transaction shall not constitute RIM’s consent to grant future credit.

13. Indemnification

The Customer shall forever indemnify, defend, refrain from suing, and hold harmless RIM and RIM’s subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, representatives, and Third Parties engaged by RIM, of and from all claims, damages, losses, lawsuits, administrative proceedings, all other proceedings, liabilities, costs, and expenses, wherever and whenever brought or occurring, wholly or partially caused by or involving: (a) any latent or patent condition, any quality, or any part of Customer’s goods, (b) any conduct, omission, or misstatement, by Customer or of any Third Party acting for on behalf of Customer, whether or not intended, unintended, negligent, or knowingly or unknowingly in violation of any law, treaty, convention, agreement, Documentation, or industry practice, (c) any Documentation, information, or instruction, or the lack thereof, given or not given to RIM or any Third Party by the Customer or any Third Party acting for or on behalf of Customer, and (d) any release of Customer’s goods by RIM contrary to any Third Party instruction. By way of example and not limitation, the foregoing shall include claims for property damage, personal injuries and death; fines and penalties; the expenses of domestic and international travel; storage and demurrage charges; lodging, meals; and the fees of consultants, experts, and attorneys.

14. Acceptance and Payment for Shipments

RIM shall have no responsibility or liability if any bank, consignee, or other Third Party: (a) accepts or refuses to accept any shipment, letter of credit, bill of lading, or other documents, or (b) pays or refuses to pay for any shipment, regardless of the provisions of a letter of credit, bill of lading, or the provisions of other documents or instructions.  Customer shall be responsible for all charges and expenses incurred or assessed by RIM in connection with a shipment and/or its transportation and/or storage.  Amounts due shall be paid without deduction of offset within 30 days of issuance of an invoice by RIM for such services unless otherwise agreed to in a signed Credit Application.

15. Costs of Collection; Interest

The Customer shall upon demand pay to RIM all expenses and costs incurred or paid by RIM, including the fees of consultants, experts, and attorneys, in any dispute to enforce these Terms and Conditions, RIM’s invoices, or RIM’s bills of lading, including but not limited to the collection of payments owed by the Customer to RIM. All past due amounts owed by the Customer to RIM under any invoice or any bill of lading, or under these terms and conditions, shall earn simple interest at the rate of 15% per annum or the highest lawful rate, whichever is less.

16. General Lien and Security Interest

These terms and conditions constitute a security agreement. To secure Customer’s performance of its obligations under these terms and conditions, any RIM bill of lading, or any invoice, RIM shall have a general and continuing lien on and security interest in any and all goods and other property of Customer of which RIM has actual or constructive custody, possession, or control, whether or not the unpaid amount or unperformed obligation is related to the property for which RIM imposes its lien. RIM may on ten days’ notice to Customer sell such goods and other property at a public or private sale, or RIM may retain such goods and other property in storage. Whether RIM sells or stores such goods and other property, the Customer shall pay on demand all the costs and expenses of the sale or storage, including the fees of experts, consultants, attorneys, auctioneers, and all transportation expenses and any net proceeds remaining thereafter shall be refunded to Customer.  All payments by Customer and the proceeds from all sales of Customer’s goods and other property shall be applied in the following order of priority: first, to accrued interest; next, to RIM’s costs and expenses that Customer is obliged to pay under these terms and conditions; last, to unpaid principal.

17. No Duty to Maintain Records for Customer

Customer acknowledges that pursuant to Sections 508 and 509 of the Tariff Act, as amended, (19 USC §1508 and 1509) it has the sole duty and is solely liable for maintaining all records required thereunder. RIM shall only keep such records that it is required to maintain by any applicable law, but in so doing RIM shall not act as a “record-keeper” or “recordkeeping agent” for Customer.

18. Obtaining Binding Rulings, Filing Protests

RIM shall not be obliged to undertake any customs release action, including, but not limited to, obtaining binding rulings, advising of liquidations, filing of petitions or protests, or determining or declaring the value of goods or shipments absent Customer’s timely written declaration delivered to RIM. In addition, RIM shall not be obliged to collect funds for Customer from any Third Party.

19. Preparation and Issuance of Bills of Lading

Whenever RIM prepares or issues a bill of lading, RIM shall be under no obligation to specify thereon the number of pieces, packages or cartons unless specifically requested to do so in writing by Customer or its agent, and Customer shall pay for same at RIM’s then prevailing rate. In so doing, RIM may rely on and use the cargo weight and all other information or Documentation supplied by Customer or the Customer’s agent without verifying the accuracy thereof.

20. Exclusive, Modifications

For each shipment, these terms and conditions and RIM’s invoices and bills of lading pertaining to that shipment set forth the entire agreement of the parties with respect to that shipment. Without notice to Customer, from time to time RIM may modify these terms and conditions by posting the change on RIM’s website at www.RIMlogistics.com, and such changed terms and conditions shall apply to all future shipments. Therefore, Customer should review these terms and conditions before placing an order with RIM for RIM’s services.

21. Compensation of RIM

The compensation of RIM for its services shall be included with and is in addition to the rates and charges of Third Parties who transport, handle, and otherwise deal with the Customer’s goods, and such compensation to RIM shall be without regard to any brokerage, commissions, dividends, or other revenue received by RIM from Third Parties. Customer’s performance of these terms and conditions and the provisions of RIM’s invoices, including the Customer’s payment obligations to RIM, shall not be subject to any claim, counterclaim, setoff, or recoupment, including without limitation, claims that RIM materially breached any of its obligations to the Customer.

22. Severability

If a court determines that any of these terms and conditions or any provision of any RIM invoice or bill of lading is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder thereof shall remain in full force and effect, and Customer consents to a modification of these terms and conditions, the invoice, and the bill of lading to make them enforceable while remaining as similar as possible to the original.

23. Governing Law, Jurisdiction, Venue, No Juries

All matters between the Company and the Customer, including but not limited disputes between Customer and Company, these terms and conditions, the provisions of any Company invoice, and the provisions of the Company’s bills of lading, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois and the laws of the United States without applying conflicts of law principles that would result in applying the law of any other jurisdiction. In all disputes between the Company and the Customer, the Customer hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction and the exclusive venue of the state courts located in Du Page County and the federal courts located in Cook County, State of Illinois, U.S.A. The Customer hereby waves all claims that such jurisdiction is improper. The Customer hereby waives all claims that such venue is inconvenient, and the Customer hereby waives all trials by jury in all lawsuits between the Company and the Customer. Notwithstanding the foregoing jurisdiction and venue restrictions, the Company may enforce a judgment against Customer in any jurisdiction and in any venue.

24. Power of Attorney

This provision constitutes Customer’s power of attorney to RIM, so that whenever necessary or desirable to provide any services, at RIM’s discretion, on Customer’s behalf, and at Customer’s expense, RIM may, but is not required to: (a) sign instruments, (b) perform acts, (c) provide assistance, or (d) comply with, enter into agreements with, or pay Third Parties, under Third Parties’ terms or rules, whether customary or otherwise, including shipping fees, storage charges, detention charges, duties, and taxes. All of the foregoing shall be binding on Customer, for which Customer may owe RIM additional fees at RIM’s then current rates.

25. Demurrage

Customer shall pay RIM all the demurrage and other fees charged or incurred by RIM to warehouse or store Customer’s cargo.

26. Customer’s Representations and Warranties

Customer represents and warrants the following to RIM and to all of RIM’s vendors, for which Customer shall be entirely and strictly liable, and on which RIM and its vendors may rely regardless of their knowledge or notice to the contrary: (a) At the time of initial receipt by RIM or its initial vendor, the Customer’s cargo shall be in a condition entirely satisfactory to Customer and all Third Parties having any interest or concern regarding the Goods. (b) The Customer’s cargo shall be of a type and shall be in a condition that conforms to all laws, excluding changes to the cargo negligently or intentionally caused by RIM any RIM vendor. (c) The coding, crating, description, labeling, marking, and packaging of the Customer’s cargo by anyone other than RIM or any RIM vendor is entirely correct, entirely suitable to transport the cargo by any mode selected by RIM, and does not violate any law. (d) The crating and packaging supplied by anyone other than RIM or any RIM vendor is not infested or hazardous and is otherwise in good condition. (e) All the Documentation, instructions, declarations, weight designations, and other information furnished to RIM or any RIM vendor by or for Customer or any Customer agent in connection with the Customer’s cargo are entirely accurate and complete, and include all the information concerning the cargo that RIM or any RIM vendor might require to properly and lawfully perform RIM’s services. (f) Immediately upon receipt by Customer or Customer’s agent of any document or communication from RIM or any RIM vendor, Customer shall completely inspect all such documents and communications and immediately inform RIM of every inaccuracy therein. (g) The use or dissemination by Customer or any Customer agents of gratuitous advice that RIM or any RIM vendor gives to Customer or Customer’s agents shall be at Customer’s sole risk.  (h)  Customer agrees to allow RIM to endorse or counter-sign weight certifications or tickets to meet the requirements of SOLAS in the event weight verifications are not included supplied by Customer.

27. No Modification

Except as otherwise provided above, these terms and conditions, RIM’s invoices and RIM’s bills of lading shall not be modified except by a writing signed or acknowledged by RIM and Customer, and shall not be modified by the conduct of RIM or any Third Party. RIM’s failure or forbearance to require Customer’s strict compliance with these terms and conditions in their then current content, RIM’s invoices and RIM’s bills of lading, whether or not occurring on multiple occasions, shall not thereby modify them, shall not excuse Customer’s future compliance, and shall apply only to the specific instance of RIM’s failure or forbearance.

28. Successors and Assigns

These terms and conditions and the provisions of all RIM invoices and bills of lading shall be binding on and shall inure to the benefit of the parties’ respective successors and assigns.

29. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Restrictions

The TSA considers all cargo tender for air transportation subject to screening/search by the forwarder, air carrier or the TSA; and requires that RIM refuse to offer air transportation of any cargo where the shipper/customer does not consent to screening of the cargo.  RIM, its hired carriers and the TSA may conduct screening of cargo.  By tendering shipments to RIM, Customer is deemed to consent to such screening.  RIM shall not be liable for loss, damage or delay due to opening of cargo, resulting physical inspection or repackaging arising out of any such screening.  The collection of certain information pertaining to Customer to qualify Customer or to verify Customers status as a possible ‘known shipper’ is authorized by 48 USC§ 114.  Providing this information is voluntary; however, failure to provide the information will prevent Customer from qualifying as a ‘known shipper’.  This information will be disclosed to TSA personnel and contractors or other agents, including indirect air carriers (IAC’s) as well as Air Carriers in the maintenance and operation of the “known shipper” program.  TSA may share the information with the airport operators, foreign air carriers, IAC’s, law enforcement agencies and others in accordance with the Privacy Act, 5 USC§552a.  For additional details, see the system of records notice for the Transportation Security Threat Assessment System (DHS/TSA 002) published in the Federal Register.  Any fraudulent or intentionally false statements or certificate made by Customer may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties under 49 CFR parts 1540 and 1548 and 18 USC § 1001, in addition to any other penalties that may be imposed by applicable laws.

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RIM logistics, ltd.

Master Contract for Warehouse and Other Logistics Services Terms and Conditions

1. Purpose

1.1. RIM’s Business. RIM operates warehouses at which RIM stores its clients’ spare parts, inventory, and other property. RIM also often provides additional logistics services at RIM’s warehouses for its clients, such as: (a) delivering quantities of its clients’ inventory and other property to them or to third parties as needed, and (b) packaging its clients’ inventory, affixing labels and bar codes to the packages, and arranging for delivery of the packages to third parties.

1.2. Master Contract and Services Instruments. Depositor desires to engage RIM to provide one or more of the aforesaid services from time to time, and RIM desires to provide those services for Depositor. To enable Depositor’s engagement of RIM, Depositor and RIM have made and entered into this Contract, which provides the general agreement between Depositor and RIM. Whenever Depositor engages RIM, the general provisions of this Contract shall be supplemented by Services Instruments (defined below), which will contain the provisions for each particular engagement. If there is any conflict between this Contract and a Services Instrument, the provisions of the Services Instrument shall govern.

2. Definitions

For purposes of this Contract, the following words and phrases mean as follows
2.1. “Additional Services” means all Services other than storage services.

2.2. “Depositor” means the party that will be utilizing RIM for warehousing and/or storage service.

2.3. “Effective Date” for this Contract or for Services Instruments pertaining to particular Services means the earlier of the date on which Depositor returns a signed copy of this Contract to RIM, the date on which the parties consent to the Services Instruments, or the date on which RIM first receives Goods for storage or for Additional Services.

2.4. “Facility” means the warehouse or other facility at which RIM provides Services for Depositor pursuant to this Contract and the Services Instruments.

2.5. “Goods” means one or more of Depositor’s spare parts, inventory, and other property that Depositor stores at RIM’s Facility, with or without Additional Services. Goods includes Nonconforming Goods, the receipt of which RIM knowingly accepts.

2.6. “Hazardous Material” means any material or substance, or any compound, combination, solution, or mixture of materials or substances, that is or is could become toxic, poisonous, a contaminant, a pollutant, radioactive, corrosive, hazardous, infectious, or unsanitary; petroleum products and products containing petroleum; and any material or substance that is or could become unhealthy, dangerous, a nuisance, or an irritant; all pursuant to any statute, regulation, ordinance, order, decision, decree, or ruling, existing before, on, or after the Effective Date of this Contract.

2.7. “Nonconforming Additional Services” means the Additional Services provided by RIM which, through RIM’s failure to exercise Ordinary Care, do not conform with the Services Instruments that pertain to those Additional Services.

2.8. “Nonconforming Goods” means Goods that do not conform with the Services Instruments that pertain to those Goods. Nonconforming Goods also include Goods that constitute or contain any Hazardous Material.

2.9. “Ordinary Care” means either of the following: (a) that degree of care and diligence which may reasonably be expected from ordinarily prudent persons under similar circumstances. (b) RIM’s compliance with Depositor’s written instructions, even if ordinarily prudent persons, under any circumstances, would not have issued or obeyed those instructions.

2.10. “Party” means RIM or Depositor.

2.11. “Parties” means RIM and Depositor.

2.12. “Restricted Employee” means any employee of a party with whom the other party had contact in connection with this Contract, any Services Instrument, any Services, or any Goods.

2.13. “Services” means the storage services and the Additional Services that RIM provides for Depositor pursuant to any Services Instruments.

2.14. “Services Instrument” or “Services Instruments” mean one or more of the instruments by which Depositor engages RIM to provide particular Services and by which RIM agrees to provide those Services for Depositor.

2.15. “Storage Month” is a time period equal in duration to the entire calendar month during which Goods are at the Facility at any time during that month, even if the Goods are at the Facility for less than the full calendar month, whether or not RIM not provides Additional Services with respect to those Goods.

2.16. “Third Party” or “Third Parties” mean one or more natural persons and one or more entities other than RIM and Depositor.

3. Services

From time to time, on and after the Effective Date, Depositor may engage RIM to provide Services. Depositor shall not be obliged to engage RIM for any minimum or maximum amount or particular types of storage or other logistics services. Depositor may engage third parties, including RIM’s competitors, to provide Depositor with storage and other logistics services of the same or different type that RIM provides. RIM shall not be required to provide Depositor with any minimum or maximum amount or particular types of storage or logistics services. RIM may provide storage and other logistics services to third parties, including to Depositor’s competitors, of the same or different type that RIM provides for Depositor. In the event RIM is utilized for services outside of the scope of this agreement, the Terms and Conditions as posted on www.rimlogistics.com/terms-and-conditions/ will apply.

4. Services Instruments

(a) Depositor shall notify RIM in writing whenever Depositor desires to engage RIM to provide Services. The parties shall exchange Services Instruments for each engagement, which shall refer to this Contract and which shall contain all the information required by the parties to fully set forth the scope of the Services that Depositor desires RIM to provide and that RIM agrees to provide for Depositor, including, as applicable: (i) the names of the Goods or other information that describe or identify the Goods, (ii) the packing, labeling, and handling requirements and instructions, including the types and quantities of Goods, the types of containers and packing materials, and the labeling requirements and instructions, (iii) performance standards, including inspections of Goods, deadlines, error rates, correction of defects, other metrics, and other quality requirements, and (iv) shipping and handling methods, instructions, and requirements, including the types of carriers and the recipients’ names and addresses. (b) The Services Instruments shall also include all the amounts that Depositor is required to pay or reimburse RIM and third parties, such as carriers. (c) If Depositor delivers Goods to RIM pertaining to particular Services before Depositor signs this Contract or before Depositor accepts RIM’s Services Instruments pertaining to those Services, Depositor shall be deemed to have: (i) engaged RIM with respect to those Services, and (ii) accepted the provisions of this Contract, the provisions of the Services Instruments from Depositor that RIM accepted in writing, and the provisions of the Services Instruments that RIM delivered to Depositor, whether or not Depositor accepted those Services Instruments. Notwithstanding the foregoing, RIM may decline to accept delivery of Goods if Depositor has not then signed this Contract or accepted RIM’s Services Instruments.

5. Standard of Care

RIM shall exercise Ordinary Care in providing the Services. RIM shall not be deemed or presumed to have failed to exercise Ordinary Care merely due damage to Goods or due to the disappearance of Goods, the cause of which is uncertain, even if Depositor believes the damage or disappearance occurred at the Facility. RIM shall not be deemed to have failed to exercise Ordinary Care with respect to damaged or missing Goods absent evidence establishing, by more than inference that RIM failed to exercise Ordinary Care. RIM shall have no obligation with respect to Nonconforming Goods: (a) except that RIM shall not knowingly and intentionally damage or discard those Nonconforming Goods, unless permitted by this Contract, and (b) except as otherwise provided by this Contract.

6. Requirements for Delivery of Goods to RIM

Depositor shall deliver or cause the delivery of all Goods to RIM in accordance with the pertinent Services Instruments and as follows:

6.1. Bill of Lading or Contract for Carriage. Before Goods are delivered to RIM, the transit records for those Goods shall identify Depositor or another third party on the bill of lading or other contract of carriage as the consignor and the consignee, as appropriate, in care of RIM, and shall not identify RIM as the consignee or the consignor. If RIM is the named consignee on any such bill of lading or other contract of carriage, on notice from RIM, Depositor shall immediately notify the carrier in writing, with a copy of such notice to RIM, that RIM is the only “in care of party” and that RIM has no beneficial title or other interest in the Goods. RIM may reject or revoke acceptance of Goods for which the bill of lading or other contract of carriage improperly designates RIM. RIM shall not be liable for any loss, error in delivery, or damage of any nature due to any improper identification of RIM or due to RIM’s rejection or revocation of acceptance.

6.2. Marking and Manifest. All Goods delivered to RIM shall be properly marked and packaged for storage and for all of the Additional Services, if any. Depositor shall furnish or cause to be furnished to RIM, at or before such delivery, a manifest showing the marks, brands, and sizes of the Goods, and all other information then required by the Services Instruments.

7. Acceptance of Additional Services; Correction of Nonconforming Additional Services

Depositor may reject only those Additional Services that qualify as Nonconforming Additional Services. Depositor shall be deemed to have accepted Additional Services that Depositor does not reject within five days after RIM delivers the Goods to which those Additional Services pertain. RIM shall have a reasonable time to correct all Nonconforming Additional Services, at RIM’s expense, before RIM has any liability to Depositor for those Nonconforming Additional Services.

8. Acceptance of Nonconforming Goods

RIM may refuse to accept Nonconforming Goods at the time of delivery to the Facility, and RIM may revoke its acceptance of Nonconforming Goods at any time after delivery to the Facility, all without any liability to Depositor. If RIM revokes its acceptance of Nonconforming Goods, Depositor shall, at its expense, cause the removal of those Nonconforming Goods from the Facility within 24 hours after notice by RIM. If Depositor fails to timely remove Nonconforming Goods from the Facility for which RIM revoked its acceptance, RIM may ship those Nonconforming Goods to Depositor or to whomever else is the consignor, and Depositor shall, upon RIM’s demand, pay RIM the shipping and handling costs for those Nonconforming Goods. If RIM knowingly accepts Nonconforming Goods without revoking its acceptance, Depositor shall pay RIM’s then customary additional rates and charges for those Nonconforming Goods.

9. Termination of Services

Services that are not completed may be terminated by either party without cause by at least 180 days prior written notice to the other party. Services that are not completed may be terminated by either party for the other party’s breach of this Contract or for the other party’s breach of a Services Instrument pertaining to those Services by at least 30 days prior written notice to the other party, provided that the breaching party shall have 30 days to cure the breach following notice of the breach. However, the breaching party shall have no opportunity to cure the breach after the breaching party’s third breach of this Contract during any 365 day period or after the breaching party’s third breach of one or more Services Instruments during any 365 day period. Depositor shall pay RIM for the Additional Services provided by RIM until the effective time of the termination.

10. Storage Charges

The following shall apply to all of RIM’s storage charges:

10.1. Depositor shall pay RIM a storage charge for each package of Goods or for each other unit of Goods, as provided by the pertinent Services Instruments. RIM’s storage charge shall accrue for each Storage Month while the package or other unit of Goods is at the Facility. RIM shall not prorate its storage charges for partial calendar months. Instead, Depositor shall pay RIM’s storage charges for an entire Storage Month, even if the Goods are at the Facility for less than a full calendar month.

10.2. Depositor shall agree upon an annual increase without notice to be in effect on the yearly anniversary date of the contract unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by both parties.

10.3. If Depositor and a third party who is also a RIM client notify RIM that Depositor has transferred ownership of Goods to that third party, RIM’s storage charges and the Storage Month pertaining to Depositor for those Goods shall not be prorated for a partial calendar month. Instead, the Storage Month shall end on the last day of the calendar month during which RIM receives the ownership transfer notice from Depositor and from the third party, and Depositor shall pay RIM’s storage charges for that entire Storage Month.

10.4. Depositor shall pay RIM’s storage charges for each Storage Month during which Depositor fails to remove Nonconforming Goods from the Facility after RIM revokes its acceptance of those Nonconforming Goods.

11. Other Generally Applicable Provisions

The following shall apply to all Goods and to all of Depositor’s engagements of RIM to provide Services:

11.1. Depositor shall pay RIM’s invoices for Services within ten days after the invoice date. RIM may date its invoices as of the first day of each Storage Month.

11.2. Depositor’s instructions to RIM concerning Goods are not effective unless in writing, delivered by Depositor to RIM, and accepted by RIM in writing, provided that RIM may not reject instructions that are consistent with the Services Instruments pertaining to those Goods.

11.3. Depositor shall provide RIM with documentation and other information concerning the Goods that is accurate, complete, and sufficient to enable RIM to: (a) comply with Depositor’s instructions, (b) obtain accurate third party charges, and (c) comply with all laws, regulations, ordinances, treaties, and codes concerning the Goods.

11.4. From time to time, RIM may move Goods from the Facility initially identified in the pertinent Services Instruments to one or more other locations, and thereafter such other locations shall be the Facility for those Goods. RIM’s movement of those Goods shall be at RIM’s expense, except as otherwise provided by this Contract.

11.5. Subject to RIM’s lien provided by this Contract, within 30 days after either party terminates Depositor’s engagement of RIM with respect to any or all Services, regardless of the reason for the termination (including RIM’s default), or within 30 days after RIM revokes its acceptance of Goods, Depositor shall, at its expense, arrange for the loading of such Goods onto a carrier for transport from the Facility. Depositor hereby authorizes RIM to sell or otherwise discard any such Goods that Depositor does not remove from the Facility within said 30 days, by following the procedures for the sale or disposal of Goods in connection with RIM’s lien.

11.6. Depositor shall not deliver or cause or permit to be delivered to the Facility any Goods that constitute or contain any Hazardous Material.

11.7. Notwithstanding anything in this Contract to the contrary, if any Goods or any Nonconforming Goods, are or become in a condition that causes damage to the Facility, to any other property, or to any person, if RIM reasonably believes that the condition of the Goods or the Nonconforming Goods risks such damage, or as ordered by any court or government agency, RIM may as it reasonably deems necessary, or RIM shall as ordered: (a) take all actions to prevent the Goods and the Nonconforming Goods from causing any such damage, (b) discard the Goods and the Nonconforming Goods, (c) sell the Goods and the Nonconforming Goods at public or private sale, without any prior advertisement, or (d) move the Goods and the Nonconforming Goods to a location other than the Facility. RIM shall do the foregoing: (i) with such notice to Depositor as is reasonably practical, (ii) at Depositor’s expense if RIM exercised Ordinary Care with respect to the Goods, and (iii) at Depositor’s expense with respect to Nonconforming Goods, without regard to RIM’s lack of Ordinary Care or RIM’s ordinary or gross negligence, but at RIM’s expense for RIM’s knowingly intentional misconduct.

11.8. Depositor shall be solely obliged to pay all charges for or attributable to delays, including charges for demurrage and detention, unless caused by RIM’s failure to as applicable.

11.9. RIM shall have no obligation to contest any seizure, detention, removal, or any other disposition of Goods by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”), by any other government agency, or pursuant to any court order. If the CBP, any other government agency, or any court requires either the retention of any Goods at the Facility or at any other location, or the transport of those Goods by RIM to any location, RIM shall so notify Depositor within two days after RIM receives notice of the requirement for retention or removal, or when practical if the retention or removal is required sooner than on two days’ notice to RIM, and on RIM’s demand Depositor shall immediately pay RIM’s then current storage, handling, and transportation charges for those Goods.

11.10. Depositor shall not be a named insured, loss payee, or beneficiary on or with respect to any policy of insurance procured by RIM. Depositor waives all rights of subrogation against RIM.

11.11. Documents of title, including warehouse receipts, may be issued either in physical or electronic form, at the option of the issuing party.

12. Limitation of RIM’s Liability and Depositor’s Damages

12.1. RIM shall be liable to Depositor for loss of or damage to goods only to the extent that such loss or damage was caused by RIM’s failure to exercise ordinary care. RIM is not liable for damages that could not have been avoided by the exercise of ordinary care or for damages from any other cause.

12.2. Depositor agrees to a shrinkage allowance of 1.5% of the maximum value of the goods stored per any month, within the agreed upon time period, for which, in case of loss or damage to goods or mysterious disappearance, however caused, RIM will not be liable.

12.3. RIM is not liable for loss of or damage to nonconforming goods unless such loss or damage is caused by RIM’s intentional misconduct.

12.4. RIM’s liability to Depositor for loss of or damage to goods or nonconforming goods is limited to the lesser of the below noted unless Depositor requested insurance from RIM and paid the insurance fee as agreed upon in writing prior to goods being deposited.

12.4.1 Where the deposited goods are NEW, RIM’s liability to Depositor for loss of or damage to goods or nonconforming goods is limited to the lesser of:
a) $50.00 or $0.50 per pound per piece, whichever is greater; or,
b) The replacement value of the affected article or articles with an item of like kind/quality; or,
c) Depositor’s cost of the affected article or articles; or
d) The repair cost in the event that a claimed item can be repaired. In the event a claimed damaged item cannot be repaired, Depositor shall provide, at its own expense, a third party assessment and/or technician report which details the extent of the damage and why the item is unable to be repaired.
Where the deposited goods are USED, RIM’s liability to depositor for loss of or damage to goods or nonconforming goods is limited to the lesser of:
a) $10.00 or $0.10 per pound per piece, whichever is greater; or,
b) (b)The replacement value of the affected article or articles with an item of like kind and quality; or,
c) Depositor’s cost of the affected article or articles; or
d) The repair cost in the event that a claimed item can be repaired. In the event a claimed damaged item cannot be repaired, Depositor shall provide, at its own expense, a third party assessment and/or technician report which details the extent of the damage and why the item is unable to be repaired

12.5. If, due to RIM’s lack ordinary care, RIM arranges for the shipment of goods to the wrong third party, RIM alone shall arrange and pay the transportation charges to return the goods to the facility or to the intended recipient. Otherwise, RIM’s liability for such error shall not exceed the above-provided monetary limit, even if the recipient fails or refuses to release possession of all the goods.

12.6. RIM’s liability to Depositor for RIM’s breach of this contract or for RIM’s breach of a services instrument for all occurrences not otherwise identified above shall not exceed the amount of RIM’s charges to Depositor for the services that are the subject of RIM’s breach.

12.7. RIM shall not be liable to Depositor for: conversion, depositor’s lost use of the goods, Depositor’s lost profits (whether constituting direct or indirect damages), any of Depositor’s indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages, or punitive damages, even if RIM had or should have had knowledge or notice that such damages were likely to occur due to RIM’s act or omission.

12.8. RIM shall not be liable to Depositor for contribution with respect to any third party claim made or awarded against Depositor.

12.9. RIM shall not be liable to Depositor for non-compliance of labeling or barcoding of goods.

13. Confidential Information

Neither party shall use or disclose the other party’s Confidential Information, except as necessary to: (a) perform their respective obligations under this Contract or under any Services Instrument, (b) resolve disputes under this Contract or under any Services Instrument, or (c) comply with any subpoena or order of any court or government agency, of which the disclosing party notifies the other party within two days after receipt by the disclosing party, or before the disclosing party’s compliance if compliance is required sooner than within said two day time period.

13.1. “RIM’s Confidential Information” means one or more of the following: (a) information concerning RIM’s methods and techniques to perform the Additional Services, and (b) all other information designated by RIM, on notice to Depositor, as RIM’s Confidential Information.

13.2. “Depositor’s Confidential Information” means the information designated by Depositor, on notice to RIM, as Depositor’s Confidential Information.

13.3. Exclusions. Notwithstanding a party’s designation, Confidential Information shall not include any of the following: (a) information known by or available to the recipient, the logistics industry, or the general public before the other party’s disclosure, (b) information disclosed to the recipient by a third party, provided that such disclosure is not in breach of an agreement between the third party and the disclosing party or contrary to any law or judicial ruling, and (c) information which becomes known by or available to the logistics industry or the general public after disclosure to the recipient and other than by the recipient’s disclosure.

13.4. Use Before Disclosure. Excluding information expressly designated as Confidential Information by this Contract, unless and until a party designates information as that party’s Confidential Information, the other party’s use or disclosure that information shall not constitute a breach of this Contract.

14. Depositor’s Authority

Depositor represents and warrants to RIM that Depositor has the right to: (a) possession of the Goods when the Goods are delivered to the Facility and while the Goods are at the Facility, (b) instruct RIM to provide the Services, and (b) consent to the Services Instruments.

15. Lien

This Contract constitutes a security agreement. RIM shall have a lien, under Article 7 and under Article 9 of the Illinois Uniform Commercial Code, against the Goods, or on the proceeds from the sale of Goods in RIM’s possession, and for all charges due and owing under this Contract or under any Services Instrument, whether or not attributable to the particular Goods then in RIM’s possession, including demurrage and terminal charges, insurance, labor, and all other charges, present or future, in relation to the Goods, and for expenses necessary for preservation of the Goods or reasonably incurred in connection with their sale. Upon Depositor’s default under this Contract or under any Services Instruments, RIM may enforce its lien by public or private sale of the Goods subject to RIM’s lien, in bulk or in packages, at any time or place and on any terms that are commercially reasonable, following at least ten days prior notice to Depositor and to all third parties known by RIM to have or claim an interest in the Goods. The notification shall include a statement of the amount due, the nature of the proposed sale, and the time and place of any public sale. RIM shall be deemed to have sold the Goods in a commercially reasonable manner if RIM sells the Goods in the usual manner in any recognized market therefore, sells at the price current in that market at the time of the sale, or otherwise sells in conformity with commercially reasonable practices among dealers in the type of the Goods sold. RIM’s sale of more Goods than apparently necessary to be offered to ensure satisfaction of Depositor’s obligation to RIM shall be deemed to be commercially reasonable if RIM follows the above procedures. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if RIM reasonably believes that Goods may deteriorate or decline in value to less than the amount of the RIM’s lien, RIM may sell those Goods before that deterioration or decline in value occurs. RIM may discard any Goods that are not sold if RIM complies with the foregoing requirements. Any supplier or vendor or RIM who has possession of any Goods shall also have all the foregoing lien rights in addition to or instead of RIM.

16. No-Hire

While Depositor has engaged RIM to provide Services, and for one year after RIM lasts provides Services, neither party shall, directly or indirectly, by itself or by any third party: (a) solicit, hire, or otherwise engage the other party’s Restricted Employee, (b) refer the other party’s Restricted Employee to a third party for any employment or other engagement by that third party or by anyone else, (c) suggest to any third party that such party should or might hire or otherwise engage the other party’s Restricted Employee, (d) suggest to any third party that such party should or might refer the other party’s Restricted Employee to anyone else for employment or any other engagement, or (e) suggest to the other party’s Restricted Employee that such Restricted Employee should or might seek employment or engagement other than by the other party. The parties may obtain injunctions to prevent actual or reasonably anticipated breaches of this No-Hire provision, and the limitations on a party’s liability under this Contract shall not apply to a party’s breach of this No-Hire provision.

17. Notice

Notices and Services Instruments given under or concerning this Contract, any Services, any Services Instruments, or any Goods, shall not be binding on the recipient, and shall not require any action by or response from the recipient unless in writing, delivered to the person designated by this Contract as the contact person for notices, (or delivered as otherwise directed in a notice by a party to the other party), and delivered by: (a) commercial courier, (b) fax, (c) email acknowledged by the recipient within 24 hours, (d) RIM’s electronic warehouse management system (“RIM’s WMS”), or (e) registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. Delivery shall be deemed to have occurred at the date and time of actual receipt or at the date and time at which a party refuses to accept the delivery, whichever applies. If a party has moved without delivering notice of its new address or fax number to the other party, if a party’s fax machine is disconnected or inoperable, or if a party changes its email address without delivering notice of the change to the other party, delivery shall be effective at the date and time of refusal or attempted delivery. The dates and times of delivery, attempted delivery, or refused delivery shall be as shown by the records of the courier, the sender’s email records, RIM’s WMS, the fax transmittal, or the United States Post Office, as applicable.

18. Indemnity

Depositor shall defend, indemnify, reimburse, and hold RIM and its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, and vendors harmless from all claims, liabilities, fines, penalties, costs, and expenses (including the reasonable fees of RIM’s attorneys, experts, consultants, and including all costs to investigate, remediate, repair, restore, replace, and rebuild the Facility or any other property) arising from any of the following: (a) Any delivery of Nonconforming Goods to the Facility. (b) RIM’s refusal to accept Nonconforming Goods. (c) RIM’s revocation of its acceptance of Nonconforming Goods. (d) Any condition, storage, handling, discharge, release, or spill of Nonconforming Goods, regardless of the cause, including RIM’s ordinary or gross negligence, but not for RIM’s knowingly intentional misconduct. (e) Any damage to the Facility or to any other property, and all personal injuries, caused by: (1) any latent condition of the Goods regardless of the cause, including RIM’s lack of Ordinary Care and RIM’s ordinary or gross negligence, but not if caused by RIM’s knowingly intentional misconduct, or (2) any obvious condition of the Goods, provided that RIM exercised Ordinary Care. (f) All claims by any third party raising allegations contrary to Depositor’s representations and warranties to RIM under this Contract. (g) Any inaccurate, incomplete, or insufficient documentation or information concerning the Goods or within any Services Instrument given or accepted by Depositor. (h) RIM’s compliance with the Services Instruments or with Depositor’s other instructions concerning the Goods. (i) Depositor’s breach of the No-Hire provisions of this Contract.

19. No Third Party Beneficiaries

Other than as provided by the above indemnity provisions, this Contract and the Services Instruments are solely for the benefit of the parties, and there are otherwise no third party beneficiaries of this Contract or of any Services Instrument.

20. Withhold Performance

If Depositor does not fully and timely pay RIM, or if Depositor is otherwise in breach of this Contract or any Services Instrument, which Depositor does not dispute in good faith, then until Depositor pays RIM or cures the other breach, RIM may withhold performance of its obligations under this Contract and under any Services Instrument, including RIM’s obligations concerning Services and Goods that are not the subject of the unpaid, past due amount or the other breach.

21. Force Majeure

A party’s time to perform, if delayed due to circumstances not caused by the party and beyond the party’s control, shall be reasonably extended, but at least by a time period equal to duration of the circumstance causing the delay. The foregoing is inapplicable to the time for payment of any amount due under this Contract or under any Services Instrument.

22. Notice of Claim and Deadline to Sue

Depositor must notify RIM of all claims against RIM and against RIM’s employees, agents, and contractors, involving this Contract, any Services Instrument, any Goods, or any Services, within 60 days after the following occurs, as applicable: (i) the Goods are no longer RIM’s possession, (ii) Depositor has knowledge or notice of loss or damage to the Goods, or (iii) Depositor has knowledge or notice of RIM’s breach of this Contract or of RIM’s breach of a Services Instrument. Depositor shall be deemed to have knowledge or notice of the foregoing if Depositor would have had such knowledge or notice through reasonable inquiry or investigation. Knowledge or notice of the foregoing by any employee or agent of Depositor shall constitute knowledge or notice to Depositor. Any claims for loss or damage to goods must be reported to RIM by completing the RIM formal claim form which is located at RIMs website at http://rimlogistics.wpengine.com/resources/ or available upon request from any RIM location.

23. Enforcement

This Contract, all the Services Instruments, and all disputes concerning this Contract, any Services Instruments, any Goods, or any Services shall be governed by the applicable laws and the applicable regulations of the United States of America, by the laws of the State of Illinois, and by the applicable regulations, rules, codes, and ordinances of DuPage County, Illinois, and Roselle, Illinois, without utilizing conflict of law principles that would result in applying any law, regulation, rule, code, or ordinance other those aforesaid. The parties, in all disputes between them, consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and the exclusive venue of the state courts located in DuPage County, State of Illinois, and the parties waive all claims that such jurisdiction and venue is improper or inconvenient. In all lawsuits to enforce or interpret this Contract or any Services Instrument, the parties waive all rights to a jury trial, and in all such actions the prevailing party shall recover from the other party the prevailing party’s costs and expenses, including the fees of the prevailing party’s attorneys, experts, and consultants. No party shall be required to post a bond or other security to obtain an injunction. All amounts that are unpaid and past due under this Contract or any Services Instrument shall earn simple interest at the rate of 10 percent per annum or the highest lawful rate, whichever is less. Notwithstanding the foregoing jurisdiction and venue restrictions, the party in whose favor a judgment is entered may enforce that judgment in any jurisdiction and in any venue.

24. Severability and Modification

If a court or agency, following the conclusion of all appeals, if any, determines that any provision of this Contract or any provision of any Services Instrument is void or unenforceable, the balance of this Contract or the Services Instrument, as applicable, shall nevertheless remain enforceable, such invalidity shall not affect any other provision thereof that can be given effect without the invalid provision, and to that end, the parties intend that provisions of this Contract and the Services Instruments are and shall be severable. Following the conclusion of all appeals, if any, the parties shall, if and to the extent possible, modify the void or unenforceable provision, retroactive to the Effective Date of this Contract, and consistent with the final court or agency determination so that the provision becomes valid and enforceable while remaining as similar as possible to the original. Otherwise, this Contract and the Services Instruments shall not be modified except by a writing signed or acknowledged in writing by both parties, or by email or electronic communication through RIM’s WMS, which are acknowledged by both parties. The conduct of a party or any third party acting for or on behalf of a party contrary to this Contract or any Services Instrument shall not thereby modify this Contract or any Services Instrument. A party’s failure or forbearance to require the other party’s compliance with this Contract or with any Services Instrument, whether or not occurring on multiple occasions, shall not thereby modify this Contract or any Services Instrument, shall not excuse the other party’s future compliance, and shall apply only to the specific instance of failure or forbearance.

25. Interpretation

The parties intend that the interpretation of this Contract and the Services Instruments shall be derived only from the provisions thereof, without resort to course of dealing, usage of trade, course of performance, or any other extrinsic evidence, and shall not be construed in favor of or against either party. Whenever appropriate under the circumstances, within this Contract or within any Services Instrument, including the definition of any term in this Contract or in any Services Instrument: (a) the plural of any word shall mean the singular; (b) the singular of any word shall mean the plural; (c) “and” shall mean “or”; (d) “or” shall mean “and”; (e) “any” or “each” shall mean one, more than one, or all; (f) “all” shall mean any, one, or more than one; (g) words referring to persons or entities shall include associations, cooperatives, corporations, firms, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, natural persons, public agencies, sole proprietors, trusts, and all other entities and enterprises; (h) the words “include,” “including,” and similar words shall be construed as if followed by the phrase “without limitation”.

26. Integration

For each of Depositor’s engagements of RIM for Services, this Contract and the Services Instruments pertaining to that particular engagement shall contain and constitute the final, entire, and exclusive statement of the terms, provisions, understanding, and arrangement between the parties regarding that engagement. This Contract and the applicable Services Instruments shall supersede all negotiations, representations, consents, acknowledgments, and agreements, if any, of any kind, whether electronic, written, or oral, between the parties before the Effective Date of this Contract, or before the date of the pertinent Services Instruments, as applicable.

27. Reliance

In entering into this Contract and in accepting the Services Instruments, neither party has made or relied on, or shall make or rely on, on any oral or written statement, representation, warranty, or promise that is not expressly referred to within this Contract or within the Services Instruments. The parties release and waive all claims, and shall not sue each other with respect to any statement, representation, warranty, promise, or document on which the parties have hereby agreed to refrain from relying.

28. No Additional Obligations

Nothing within this Contract or within any Services Instrument is or will be intended by the parties to impose or create, by implication or otherwise, any requirement, duty, or obligation on any party, of any kind or nature whatsoever, that is not expressly the subject of this Contract or the pertinent Services Instruments.

29. Additional Instruments and Acts

The parties shall execute such instruments other than the Services Instruments and the parties shall perform such acts as are necessary to cause the transactions that are the subject of this Contract and the Services Instruments to occur and as necessary to otherwise implement the provisions of this Contract and the Services Instruments. The parties hereby appoint each other as their attorney-in-fact to sign and deliver all instruments and to perform such acts if the party fails or refuses to do so, but a party is not required to sign or deliver any such instrument or perform any such act as the other party’s attorney-in-fact.

30. Survival of Obligations

The parties’ respective obligations that continue or arise after the termination or expiration of Depositor’s engagement of RIM to provide Services shall survive the termination or expiration thereof, and all the provisions of this Contract and the Services Instruments shall survive termination as necessary to protect either party.

31. Headings

The headings in this Contract and in any Services Instrument are solely for the parties’ convenience and are not intended to have any substantive effect.

  • RIMUST&Cv.03282017

RIM logistics, ltd.

Canadian Terms and Conditions of Service

1. Introduction

R.I.M. logistics ltd. (RIM) provides services to customers as a customs broker, domestic freight forwarder, domestic property broker, international air carrier and non-vessel operating common carrier.  Except as otherwise set forth herein or in a fully executed written agreement between RIM and Customer, these Terms and Conditions govern all such services provided by RIM for Customer; and supersede any conflicting terms and conditions contained in any Documentation, oral agreement, promise, representation or understanding between or among the parties, including those in any bills of lading or waybills.

No agent or employee of the parties may alter these Terms and Conditions, unless in writing and signed by both parties.  The signature of any driver or agent of RIM on any Documentation shall be solely for the convenience of the party tendering such shipment and shall not constitute an acceptance by RIM of any terms which vary from these Terms and Conditions.

2. Definitions

”RIM” shall mean R.I.M. Logistics Ltd., an Illinois corporation providing services to Customer(s).

“Customer” shall mean the person or entity to whom RIM is rendering service, as well as their principals, agents and/or representatives, and their shippers, importers, exporters, carriers, secured parties, warehousemen, buyers and/or sellers, shippers’ agent, insurers and underwriters, break bulk agents and consignees and any party having an interest in the shipment or service.  It is the responsibility of Customer to provide notice of these Terms and Conditions to all such principals, agents and/or representatives with an interest in the Shipment.

“WARSAW CONVENTION” means whichever of the following instruments is applicable to the contract of carriage:  the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, signed at Warsaw, 12 October 1929; that Convention as amended at The Hague on 28 September 1955; that Convention as amended at The Hague 1955 and by Montreal Protocol No. 1, 2, or 4 (1975) as the case may be.  “MONTREAL CONVENTION” means the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, done at Montreal on 28 May 1999.

“Documentation” shall mean all information received from Customer or any Third Party acting for the Customer, or RIM whether in paper or electronic form.

3. RIM as Agent

RIM acts as the agent of Customer for the purpose of providing RIM services for Customer, including without limitation, duties in connection with the entry and release of goods, poste entry services, the filing of export documents on behalf of the Customer, and all other dealings with government agencies, or for arranging for transportation services or other logistics services in any capacity other than as a carrier.  As to all other services, RIM acts as an independent contractor in relation to Customer.

4. Quotations Not Binding

Quotations as to fees, rates of duty, freight charges, insurance premiums, and other charges given by RIM to Customer are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice; no quotation shall be binding upon RIM unless RIM in writing agrees to undertake the handling or transportation of the shipment at a specific rate or amount set forth in the quotation and payment arrangements are agreed to between RIM and Customer.

5. Review and Disclosure

(a) Customer shall review for accuracy all declarations and all other documents that RIM prepares or files with any Third Party for or on behalf of Customer. Customer shall immediately inform RIM in writing of any error, discrepancy, incorrect statement, or omission within any declaration or other document that RIM prepares or files for or on behalf of Customer. Customer is solely responsible for any inaccuracies in the foregoing declarations and other documents. (b) Customer shall disclose to RIM any and all information required to import, export, or enter any goods that are the subject of services provided by RIM to or for Customer. In preparing and submitting customs entries, export declarations, applications, documents, and export data to any Third Party, RIM may exclusively rely on the contents of the Documentation and on all other information furnished by Customer or by any Third Party acting for or on behalf of the Customer, and RIM shall not be required to verify the accuracy or completeness of such Documentation and other information.  Customer warrants and represents to RIM that the information set forth on the face of the RIM waybill, bill of lading(s), or other shipping document, or the information supplied to RIM, or electronically regarding any shipment(s), is complete and accurate; and that each package and/or article in the shipment(s) is properly and completely described including correct weight and measurement, is adequately packaged to protect the enclosed goods from loss or damage with ordinary care in handling, is properly classified, described, packaged, marked and labeled and is in proper condition for transportation according to the applicable regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration, including without limitation all regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials, regardless of mode of transport based on 49  C.F.R. Parts 171, 172 and 173 or the current edition of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations.  Customer’s violation of any of these warranties will excuse RIM from any liability whatsoever for damage to any item(s) incurred as a result of such violation, and shall also cause Customer to be liable to RIM for all claims, fines, penalties, damages, costs, or other sums, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by RIM as a result of such violation.

6. Third Party Liability Limitations and Other Third Party Terms and Conditions.

Third Parties to whom RIM entrusts Customer’s goods may impose terms and conditions of their service, including limiting their liability for loss or damage. Absent the Customer’s written request, RIM is not required to inform Customer regarding any such liability limitations or other terms or conditions of a Third Party. RIM will request coverage from the Third Party exceeding the Third Party limitation and the Third Party’s modification or waiver of its other terms and conditions only upon written instructions from the Customer, and Customer shall pay all charges therefore. Absent written instructions from the Customer, RIM may at its discretion tender the Customer’s goods to a Third Party subject to the Third Party’s limitations of liability and subject to all other terms and conditions of the Third Party’s service. Customer must give RIM the foregoing written instructions when Customer requests RIM’s services for a particular transaction.

7. Insurance

The Company is not obliged to procure insurance on Customer’s behalf absent Customer’s written request when Customer requests the Company’s services for a particular transaction. Customer shall pay all premiums and costs incurred by the Company in connection with procuring requested insurance.

8. Limited Warranty

(a) Except as otherwise provided herein, RIM warrants to Customer that RIM shall use reasonable care, diligence, and skill to provide RIM’s services, and RIM makes no other express or implied warranty in connection with its services or the services of any Third Party. (b) RIM’s recommendation or engagement of a Third Party to render services for or on behalf of Customer shall not constitute RIM’s representation or warranty that such Third Party will render adequate services. RIM shall not be liable to Customer for any negligent or intentional act, omission, or inaction of such Third Parties, including without limitation, any delay or loss that occurs while a shipment is in the custody or control of a Third Party. RIM shall not be liable for its negligent selection or entrustment of a Third Party. Customer shall bring all claims involving any negligent or intentional act, omission, or inaction of a Third Party solely against that Third Party, whether or not the Third Party was recommended or engaged by RIM. RIM shall not be liable to Customer for any delay or loss caused by the selection or change of a particular shipping route or shipping procedure, whether or not recommended, selected, or changed by RIM or by any Third Party. (c) RIM shall be liable only for its own actions and omissions, including RIM’s breach of these terms and conditions, the terms of any invoice or bill of lading, and the terms of any other agreement with the Customer, and RIM’s liability for which is limited.

9. Limits of Liability

RIM shall not be liable for loss, damage, delay or monetary losses of any type caused by:  acts of God; acts of public authorities acting with actual or apparent authority; strikes; labor disputes; weather; mechanical failures; aircraft failures; civil commotions; acts or omissions of customs or quarantine officials; acts of carriers related to security; the nature of the Shipment or any defects thereof; acts of public enemies; hazards incident to a state of war; acts of terrorism; or acts, defaults or omissions of the shipper, including but not limited to, inadequate or improper packaging, marking, addressing or the provision of incomplete or inaccurate shipping instructions, Documentation or related information. RIM shall not be liable for loss, damage or deterioration from delay, consequential loss or damage, damage or destruction of cargo from extremes of temperature, changes of atmospheric pressure, inherent vice or moth, insects, vermin, infestation, wear and tear or deterioration. RIM shall not be liable for loss or damage to shipping containers or any exterior packaging. RIM’ liability for loss, damage, delay or other monetary losses suffered in connection with services performed by RIM is limited as set forth below unless Customer and RIM agree, prior to RIM rendering services with respect to a Shipment, to greater liability by RIM or to coverage through RIM’ all risk marine policy, up to the actual or declared value of the Shipment, subject to a fee for such increased liability or coverage:

9.1  Where the claim arises from activities relating to Customs business to include Container Freight Station activities, RIM liability is limited to $50.00 per entry or the amount of brokerage fees paid to RIM for the entry, whichever is less.

9.2  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the domestic warehousing or transportation of new goods within the United States or originating in the United States destined for Canada, RIM liability is limited to the lesser of: (a) $50.00 per Shipment or $0.50 per pound per piece of cargo lost, damaged, mis-delivered or otherwise adversely affected, whichever is greater; (b)The replacement value of the affected article or articles with an item of like kind and quality; (c) Customer’s cost of the affected article or articles; or (d) The repair cost in the event that a claimed item can be repaired. If a claimed damaged item cannot be repaired, Customer shall provide, at its own expense, a third party assessment and/or technician report which details the extent of the damage and why the item is unable to be repaired.

9.3  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the domestic warehousing or transportation of used goods within the United States or originating in the United States destined for Canada, RIM liability is limited to the lesser of: (a)$10.00 per Shipment or $0.10 per pound per piece of cargo lost, damaged, mis-delivered or otherwise adversely affected, whichever is greater; (b)The replacement value of the affected article or articles with an item of like kind and quality; (c) Customer’s cost of the affected article or articles; or (d) The repair cost in the event that a claimed item can be repaired.  If a claimed damaged item cannot be repaired, Customer shall provide, at its own expense, a third party assessment and/or technician report which details the extent of the damage and why the item is unable to be repaired.

9.4  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the transportation of goods within Canada or originating in Canada destined for the United States, RIM liability is limited to the lesser of: (a) The value of the Shipment at the place and time of origin; or (b) $2.00 Canadian per pound computed on the total weight of the Shipment. (c) At the time of delivery, the consignee must note on the delivery receipt any exceptions to the count or condition of the shipment or the shipping containers.

9.5  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the transportation of goods moving by international air, RIM liability is limited under the Warsaw convention as amended by the Montreal Protocol No. 4 to 17 special drawing rights (SDR) per kilogram of the affected article or articles. SDR is created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and shall be defined and valued in accordance with prevailing IMF publications.  Exchange rate to be based on the actual ship date of the goods.

9.6  Where the claim arises from activities relating to the transport of goods moving by sea, RIM liability is limited pursuant to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and/or the Harter Act to $500.00 per Package (or standard freight unit). Refer to the RIM Ocean HB terms and conditions for details.  Exchange rate, if applicable, to be based on the actual ship date of the goods.

At the time of delivery, the consignee must note on the delivery receipt any exceptions to the count or condition of the shipment or the shipping containers.  RIM shall not be liable for concealed loss or damage not noted on the delivery receipt and/or not consistent with visible signs of damage to the outside shipping container(s), unless Customer provides written notice to RIM within 48 hours of delivery and is able to prove that such loss or damage occurred while the shipment was in RIM or RIM agent possession.  A clear delivery receipt shall be prima facie evidence of ordinary care in handling and receipt of the shipment(s) in full and in good condition.  Notations such as “subject to inspection or count” will not be considered evidence of damage or shortage. In no event shall RIM be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, including but not limited to, loss of profits or loss of market, whether or not RIM had knowledge that such damages or losses might occur. In no event shall RIM liability for aggregate losses at any one time at any one place exceed $100,000 unless mutually agreed upon in writing by both parties prior to tender of the shipment(s).  Where Customer seeks to declare a value for a shipment consisting of more than once piece, it shall be Customer’s responsibility to have a numbered label affixed to each such piece and then to declare a value correlating to each such number in the space provided on the face of the shipping document(s).  Failing compliance with this requirement, RIM liability for loss or damage to any part of such shipment shall be limited to the average declared value of the shipment times the number of the piece(s) lost or damage.

10. Claims

10.1  At time of delivery, the consignee shall sign a delivery receipt acknowledging receipt of the Shipment and any apparent exceptions to the good order, count and condition of the Shipment. Any additional exceptions discovered during a further inspection in the driver’s presence shall be noted on the delivery receipt.   If no exceptions to good order, count or condition are noted on the delivery receipt, the Shipment is presumed to have been delivered in the same good order, count and condition as when initially received by RIM.  Notations such as “subject to inspection” and “subject to count” do not constitute exceptions to the good order, count and condition of the Shipment.

10.2  If any loss or damage not ascertainable at time of delivery is later discovered, written notice must be provided to RIM no later than 14 days after the date of delivery, after which time, with no notice having been given, the Shipment is presumed to have been delivered in the same good order, count and condition as when initially received by RIM.

10.3  If a Shipment is delayed, lost or otherwise not delivered, written notice must be provided to RIM no later than 14 days after the date on which the Shipment should have been delivered, after which time, with no notice having been given, the Shipment is presumed to have been delivered in the same good order, count and condition as when initially received by RIM.

10.4  RIM is entitled to inspect the Shipment and all materials used to package or protect the Shipment at the place of delivery in the same condition as at delivery.  Failure to maintain the shipment at the place of delivery may result in declination of claim. Failure to supply packing material for inspection may result in declination of claim.

10.5  It is incumbent upon the claimant and any other interested party to mitigate the damages to the extent that is reasonably possible.

10.6  Unless subject to a specific statute or international convention establishing a longer period, all claims for loss, damage or delay must be submitted in writing to the RIM local office or to the RIM Corporate office located at 200 North Gary Avenue, Roselle, IL 60172, USA, Attn:  Claims, or sent via email to claims@RIMlogistics.com.   Such claims must include copies of all shipping Documentation, delivery receipts, invoices, photos and any other documents supporting the claim.  The failure to provide timely notice shall be a complete defense to any suit or action commenced by Customer for the loss, damage or delay.

10.7  Unless subject to a specific statute or international convention establishing a longer period, suit to recover for any loss, damage or delay must be instituted within the following time periods:

 10.7.1  For claims arising out of ocean transportation, one year from the date the claim has been denied in writing, in whole or in part, by RIM.

 10.7.2  For claims arising out of air or ground transportation, two years from the date the claim has been denied in writing, in whole or in part, by RIM.

10.7.3  For claims arising out of the preparation and/or submission of an import entry, 60 days from the date of liquidation of the entry.

10.8  All suits to recover a claim must be filed in a state or federal court located in Du Page County, Illinois. Customer and RIM consent to personal jurisdiction in such courts and waive all objections thereto.  The rights and obligations of the parties shall be determined according to the applicable laws of the United States or an international convention and otherwise to the laws of the State of Illinois.

10.9   No claim will be considered until all current and past due transportation charges owed by Customer to RIM have been paid in full. The amount of freight claims may not be deducted from transportation charges.

10.10   If RIM pays a claim for loss of or damage to a Shipment, RIM shall be entitled to possession of the portion of the Shipment for which the claim was made or the salvage value thereof.

10.11   Claims for overcharges or duplicate payments must be received in writing by RIM no later than 180 days of Customer’s receipt of the original invoice from RIM; and, provided that such claim has been timely filed, any action or proceeding by Customer against RIM to recover such charges shall be commenced not more than 18 months after Customer’s receipt of RIM applicable invoice.

10.12   Claims for damage to Customer’s, a shipper’s and/or a consignee’s premises incurred during performance of service(s) by RIM will be deemed untimely unless such damage is noted on the bill of lading or delivery receipt, or unless reported to RIM in writing to 200 North Gary Avenue, Roselle, IL 60172 USA, Attn:  Claims or claims@RIMlogistics.com within 24 hours of service at that location.  RIM shall be entitled to make inspection of any property damage prior to any repairs.  Failure of Customer, the shipper and/or the consignee to notify RIM of any such damage in a timely manner will be grounds for declination of any such claim and shall serve as a bar to any recovery in a court of law or otherwise.

10.13   Except as provided by any statute, treaty, or international convention, Customer must commence all lawsuits and all other proceedings against RIM within 90 days from the date on which the matter, fact, thing, occurrence, nonoccurrence, loss, or damage that is the subject of the lawsuit or other proceeding first occurred or failed to occur unless otherwise outlined in this document. The foregoing limitations shall: (a) apply to counterclaims and actions for recoupment or setoff, regardless of the date on which RIM commences its action against Customer, and (b) inure to the benefit of RIM’s subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, and contractors if any of them are named in such lawsuit or other proceeding.

11. Prohibited Cargo

The following articles shall not be tendered to RIM for transportation:  any Shipment prohibited by law, aircrafts,  aircraft parts, animals (live), antiques, artwork, fine arts, statues, asbestos tiles, bank notes, blood/blood products, bulk commodities, cement, confectionary/chocolates, currency, Dangerous Goods Red label, eggs in the shell, explosives/fireworks, fertilizer, firearms & ammunition, fishmeal, furs & hides (processed & unprocessed), gems and precious stones, gold & bullion, iPods, IPads, jewelry (non-costume), meats/seafood (fresh, not frozen), nuclear fuels, one-of-a-kind articles or prototypes,  PDA’s, handhelds & accessories, perfume products, pharmaceuticals, plants/flowers (live), precious metals, securities, monies, silver items, stamps, tobacco products/cigarettes, unprotected or unpackaged goods, valuable rugs (Persian, oriental)valuable papers (to include but not limited to bonds, deeds, documents, manuscripts, plans, securities, stamps, treasury notes), watches, yachts, X-ray or similar tubes.  This list is not exhaustive, please contact RIM to determine if there are any exclusions based on specific commodities.

RIM shall not be liable for any loss, damage, delay, liabilities, penalties or fines resulting from the transportation of any of the foregoing articles, however described or mis-described in the shipping Documentation, and no employee or agent of RIM has any authority to accept for transportation such articles or to waive the limitations herein contained.  RIM retains the right to refuse any such Shipment prior to acceptance.  In the event RIM discovers after acceptance of a Shipment that the Shipment contains any of the herein mentioned articles, it reserves the right to refuse the Shipment, or, if already in transit, to refuse to deliver the Shipment to the consignee.  Customer agrees to pay all expenses, freight charges, fines and penalties for said Shipment.  Customer further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless RIM from any and all loss, damage, delay, liabilities, penalties or fines of whatsoever nature arising out of or related in any way to said Shipment.

12. Advancing Money

All charges must be paid by Customer in advance unless RIM agrees in writing to extend credit to Customer pursuant to a signed Credit Application. RIM’s extension of credit to Customer in connection with a particular transaction shall not constitute RIM’s consent to grant future credit.

13. Indemnification

The Customer shall forever indemnify, defend, refrain from suing, and hold harmless RIM and RIM’s subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, representatives, and Third Parties engaged by RIM, of and from all claims, damages, losses, lawsuits, administrative proceedings, all other proceedings, liabilities, costs, and expenses, wherever and whenever brought or occurring, wholly or partially caused by or involving: (a) any latent or patent condition, any quality, or any part of Customer’s goods, (b) any conduct, omission, or misstatement, by Customer or of any Third Party acting for on behalf of Customer, whether or not intended, unintended, negligent, or knowingly or unknowingly in violation of any law, treaty, convention, agreement, Documentation, or industry practice, (c) any Documentation, information, or instruction, or the lack thereof, given or not given to RIM or any Third Party by the Customer or any Third Party acting for or on behalf of Customer, and (d) any release of Customer’s goods by RIM contrary to any Third Party instruction. By way of example and not limitation, the foregoing shall include claims for property damage, personal injuries and death; fines and penalties; the expenses of domestic and international travel; storage and demurrage charges; lodging, meals; and the fees of consultants, experts, and attorneys.

14. Acceptance and Payment for Shipments

RIM shall have no responsibility or liability if any bank, consignee, or other Third Party: (a) accepts or refuses to accept any shipment, letter of credit, bill of lading, or other documents, or (b) pays or refuses to pay for any shipment, regardless of the provisions of a letter of credit, bill of lading, or the provisions of other documents or instructions.  Customer shall be responsible for all charges and expenses incurred or assessed by RIM in connection with a shipment and/or its transportation and/or storage.  Amounts due shall be paid without deduction of offset within 30 days of issuance of an invoice by RIM for such services unless otherwise agreed to in a signed Credit Application.

15. Costs of Collection; Interest

The Customer shall upon demand pay to RIM all expenses and costs incurred or paid by RIM, including the fees of consultants, experts, and attorneys, in any dispute to enforce these Terms and Conditions, RIM’s invoices, or RIM’s bills of lading, including but not limited to the collection of payments owed by the Customer to RIM. All past due amounts owed by the Customer to RIM under any invoice or any bill of lading, or under these terms and conditions, shall earn simple interest at the rate of 15% per annum or the highest lawful rate, whichever is less.

16. General Lien and Security Interest

These terms and conditions constitute a security agreement. To secure Customer’s performance of its obligations under these terms and conditions, any RIM bill of lading, or any invoice, RIM shall have a general and continuing lien on and security interest in any and all goods and other property of Customer of which RIM has actual or constructive custody, possession, or control, whether or not the unpaid amount or unperformed obligation is related to the property for which RIM imposes its lien. RIM may on ten days’ notice to Customer sell such goods and other property at a public or private sale, or RIM may retain such goods and other property in storage. Whether RIM sells or stores such goods and other property, the Customer shall pay on demand all the costs and expenses of the sale or storage, including the fees of experts, consultants, attorneys, auctioneers, and all transportation expenses and any net proceeds remaining thereafter shall be refunded to Customer.  All payments by Customer and the proceeds from all sales of Customer’s goods and other property shall be applied in the following order of priority: first, to accrued interest; next, to RIM’s costs and expenses that Customer is obliged to pay under these terms and conditions; last, to unpaid principal.

17. No Duty to Maintain Records for Customer

Customer acknowledges that pursuant to Sections 508 and 509 of the Tariff Act, as amended, (19 USC §1508 and 1509) it has the sole duty and is solely liable for maintaining all records required thereunder. RIM shall only keep such records that it is required to maintain by any applicable law, but in so doing RIM shall not act as a “record-keeper” or “recordkeeping agent” for Customer.

18. Obtaining Binding Rulings, Filing Protests

RIM shall not be obliged to undertake any customs release action, including, but not limited to, obtaining binding rulings, advising of liquidations, filing of petitions or protests, or determining or declaring the value of goods or shipments absent Customer’s timely written declaration delivered to RIM. In addition, RIM shall not be obliged to collect funds for Customer from any Third Party.

19. Preparation and Issuance of Bills of Lading

Whenever RIM prepares or issues a bill of lading, RIM shall be under no obligation to specify thereon the number of pieces, packages or cartons unless specifically requested to do so in writing by Customer or its agent, and Customer shall pay for same at RIM’s then prevailing rate. In so doing, RIM may rely on and use the cargo weight and all other information or Documentation supplied by Customer or the Customer’s agent without verifying the accuracy thereof.

20. Exclusive, Modifications

For each shipment, these terms and conditions and RIM’s invoices and bills of lading pertaining to that shipment set forth the entire agreement of the parties with respect to that shipment. Without notice to Customer, from time to time RIM may modify these terms and conditions by posting the change on RIM’s website at www.RIMlogistics.com, and such changed terms and conditions shall apply to all future shipments. Therefore, Customer should review these terms and conditions before placing an order with RIM for RIM’s services.

21. Compensation of RIM

The compensation of RIM for its services shall be included with and is in addition to the rates and charges of Third Parties who transport, handle, and otherwise deal with the Customer’s goods, and such compensation to RIM shall be without regard to any brokerage, commissions, dividends, or other revenue received by RIM from Third Parties. Customer’s performance of these terms and conditions and the provisions of RIM’s invoices, including the Customer’s payment obligations to RIM, shall not be subject to any claim, counterclaim, setoff, or recoupment, including without limitation, claims that RIM materially breached any of its obligations to the Customer.

22. Severability

If a court determines that any of these terms and conditions or any provision of any RIM invoice or bill of lading is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder thereof shall remain in full force and effect, and Customer consents to a modification of these terms and conditions, the invoice, and the bill of lading to make them enforceable while remaining as similar as possible to the original.

23. Governing Law, Jurisdiction, Venue, No Juries

All matters between the Company and the Customer, including but not limited disputes between Customer and Company, these terms and conditions, the provisions of any Company invoice, and the provisions of the Company’s bills of lading, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois and the laws of the United States without applying conflicts of law principles that would result in applying the law of any other jurisdiction. In all disputes between the Company and the Customer, the Customer hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction and the exclusive venue of the state courts located in Du Page County and the federal courts located in Cook County, State of Illinois, U.S.A. The Customer hereby waves all claims that such jurisdiction is improper. The Customer hereby waives all claims that such venue is inconvenient, and the Customer hereby waives all trials by jury in all lawsuits between the Company and the Customer. Notwithstanding the foregoing jurisdiction and venue restrictions, the Company may enforce a judgment against Customer in any jurisdiction and in any venue.

24. Power of Attorney

This provision constitutes Customer’s power of attorney to RIM, so that whenever necessary or desirable to provide any services, at RIM’s discretion, on Customer’s behalf, and at Customer’s expense, RIM may, but is not required to: (a) sign instruments, (b) perform acts, (c) provide assistance, or (d) comply with, enter into agreements with, or pay Third Parties, under Third Parties’ terms or rules, whether customary or otherwise, including shipping fees, storage charges, detention charges, duties, and taxes. All of the foregoing shall be binding on Customer, for which Customer may owe RIM additional fees at RIM’s then current rates.

25. Demurrage

Customer shall pay RIM all the demurrage and other fees charged or incurred by RIM to warehouse or store Customer’s cargo.

26. Customer’s Representations and Warranties

Customer represents and warrants the following to RIM and to all of RIM’s vendors, for which Customer shall be entirely and strictly liable, and on which RIM and its vendors may rely regardless of their knowledge or notice to the contrary: (a) At the time of initial receipt by RIM or its initial vendor, the Customer’s cargo shall be in a condition entirely satisfactory to Customer and all Third Parties having any interest or concern regarding the Goods. (b) The Customer’s cargo shall be of a type and shall be in a condition that conforms to all laws, excluding changes to the cargo negligently or intentionally caused by RIM any RIM vendor. (c) The coding, crating, description, labeling, marking, and packaging of the Customer’s cargo by anyone other than RIM or any RIM vendor is entirely correct, entirely suitable to transport the cargo by any mode selected by RIM, and does not violate any law. (d) The crating and packaging supplied by anyone other than RIM or any RIM vendor is not infested or hazardous and is otherwise in good condition. (e) All the Documentation, instructions, declarations, weight designations, and other information furnished to RIM or any RIM vendor by or for Customer or any Customer agent in connection with the Customer’s cargo are entirely accurate and complete, and include all the information concerning the cargo that RIM or any RIM vendor might require to properly and lawfully perform RIM’s services. (f) Immediately upon receipt by Customer or Customer’s agent of any document or communication from RIM or any RIM vendor, Customer shall completely inspect all such documents and communications and immediately inform RIM of every inaccuracy therein. (g) The use or dissemination by Customer or any Customer agents of gratuitous advice that RIM or any RIM vendor gives to Customer or Customer’s agents shall be at Customer’s sole risk.  (h)  Customer agrees to allow RIM to endorse or counter-sign weight certifications or tickets to meet the requirements of SOLAS in the event weight verifications are not included supplied by Customer.

27. No Modification

Except as otherwise provided above, these terms and conditions, RIM’s invoices and RIM’s bills of lading shall not be modified except by a writing signed or acknowledged by RIM and Customer, and shall not be modified by the conduct of RIM or any Third Party. RIM’s failure or forbearance to require Customer’s strict compliance with these terms and conditions in their then current content, RIM’s invoices and RIM’s bills of lading, whether or not occurring on multiple occasions, shall not thereby modify them, shall not excuse Customer’s future compliance, and shall apply only to the specific instance of RIM’s failure or forbearance.

28. Successors and Assigns

These terms and conditions and the provisions of all RIM invoices and bills of lading shall be binding on and shall inure to the benefit of the parties’ respective successors and assigns.

29. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Restrictions

The TSA considers all cargo tender for air transportation subject to screening/search by the forwarder, air carrier or the TSA; and requires that RIM refuse to offer air transportation of any cargo where the shipper/customer does not consent to screening of the cargo.  RIM, its hired carriers and the TSA may conduct screening of cargo.  By tendering shipments to RIM, Customer is deemed to consent to such screening.  RIM shall not be liable for loss, damage or delay due to opening of cargo, resulting physical inspection or repackaging arising out of any such screening.  The collection of certain information pertaining to Customer to qualify Customer or to verify Customers status as a possible ‘known shipper’ is authorized by 48 USC§ 114.  Providing this information is voluntary; however, failure to provide the information will prevent Customer from qualifying as a ‘known shipper’.  This information will be disclosed to TSA personnel and contractors or other agents, including indirect air carriers (IAC’s) as well as Air Carriers in the maintenance and operation of the “known shipper” program.  TSA may share the information with the airport operators, foreign air carriers, IAC’s, law enforcement agencies and others in accordance with the Privacy Act, 5 USC§552a.  For additional details, see the system of records notice for the Transportation Security Threat Assessment System (DHS/TSA 002) published in the Federal Register.  Any fraudulent or intentionally false statements or certificate made by Customer may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties under 49 CFR parts 1540 and 1548 and 18 USC § 1001, in addition to any other penalties that may be imposed by applicable laws.

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