In this shipping agreement, “we”, “our”, “us”, and “World Options UK” refer to World Options UK Ltd, its subsidiary and branches.
“You” and “Your” refer to the shipper and its employees, principals and agents. The shipper in this agreement is the person or entity who delivered the cargo to World Options UK, and is the person who requested that the shipment be transported, and/ or any person/entity having an interest in the shipment and/or who acts as an agent of the shipper.
“Package” means any pallet, container, envelope etc that is accepted by us for delivery, and includes items tendered by you using our automated application, manifests or airway bills.
“Shipment” means one or more packages which are moving on a single house airway, an airway bill, or invoice number or shipment number, or manifested from an automated shipping application and accepted by us.
Agreement to the Terms and Conditions
This Agreement is not negotiable and therefore binding on both parties once we authorise your shipment. Thus, by authorizing us to proceed with your shipment, you agree to all the terms and conditions herein contained. It sets forth the rights, duties and obligations and in certain cases liabilities of parties having interest in any shipment.
You also agree and acknowledge that we reserve the right, at our sole discretion to change or modify these terms and conditions at any time. Please review these terms and conditions periodically, especially before confirming your shipment, as your use of our service each time constitutes an acceptance of any modified terms and conditions.
Shipper warrants and undertakes that each article in the shipment is properly and correctly described on the shipping document, and that any export document, accepted for transport, is properly marked and addressed and packaged to protect the enclosed goods for safe transportation.
Shipper also warrants that the dimensions and weight of the packages as manifested in our automated shipping application is correct, and that if such information is not correct, we reserve the right to weigh and measure the shipment and apply the appropriate charges.
You agree that you are aware of our published shipping rates and charges at the time of authorisation, and that you are also aware that shipping rates are based on actual or dimensional weight, whichever is greater. Dimensional weights shall be calculated based on the standard formula used by all major airlines for international air freight.
You agree that we may complete, correct or replace for you, the documents submitted if found to be inappropriate for the service or destination requested and at your expense.
You agree to make payment in advance of shipment, and agree and are aware that the shipment may be delayed or dropped totally if payment is not received 24 hours before estimated departure.
You agree that all shipping costs will be paid by you.
Responsibility for Payment
You will always be primarily responsible for all charges, including transportation charge, possible surcharges, customs charges, duties and any other government imposed taxes, levies, fines and fees and our lawyers’ fees and other legal costs related to shipment, storage, handling, re-consignment, return of freight to shipper, disposition or other costs which we may incur by reason of your violation of this agreement or any of your default, default from the consignee or their agents. You agree to make all such payments including in circumstances where the consignee ought to but refuses to pay.
You agree that we have a lien on any goods shipped where there is a failure to pay for charges under this agreement and therefore may refuse to surrender possession of the goods until such charges are paid.
All invoices not paid within 4 days of being generated, will be subjected to a late payment charge of 1.5% of the invoice amount, if paid within 7 days. All other invoices not paid for after 7 days of generating same, shall be subjected to a 1.0 % charge per day.
Any shipment/package not picked up after 7 days of delivery to any of our offices or partner locations worldwide shall be subjected to a GBP 1.00 / pound warehousing fee per day(where we opt to warehouse same), in addition to the late payment charge.
A change in the delivery destination of a shipment that has departed our warehouse will attract a £10.99 shipment modification fee. This is in addition to any other extra charge required to ship the package or packages to its new destination. Where however the new delivery address costs less than the initial, the £10.99 shipment modification fee still applies and any balance will be refunded to the customer. In cases of such refunds or any other refund due to excess payments, such excess payment will be refunded to you within 30 days.
You undertake to make payment using only the approved payment method for your locations, and agreed not to use any fraudulent method to pay for your shipment. When we detect a potential fraudulent payment, we reserve the right to hold such shipments for up to 7 days until we have been able to fully verify the authenticity of such payment. Certain payment methods, such as PayPal are permitted to be used only in certain countries. If a non authorized method of payment is used in making payment to us, a £35 surcharge is imposed for such payment if any issue is raised by the payment processor.
Items Not Acceptable For Transportation (Acceptable on fulfilling certain conditions)
We exclude all liability for shipment of such items accepted by mistake. Also, we do not ship restricted goods from our warehouses in the UK and in China unless you have all the necessary documentations covering the same. And for the purposes of this Agreement, what amounts to restricted goods is as defined by law or determined by us. Some other items may be accepted for carriage only to limited destinations or under restricted conditions. We reserve the right to reject packages based on these limitations. We also reserve the right to reject certain packages for reasons of safety or security.
Right to Inspect by Government Agencies
Shipments are subject to inspection by government authorities or by us. Inspection shall be in accordance with laid down security controls and procedure as provided by government authorities and/ or carriers. However, we are not obligated to perform such inspection. You agree that we incur no liability for failing to carry out any inspection on your shipment.
Copies of all relevant shipping documents showing the cargo’s consignee, consignor, description and other relevant data will be inspected and retained on file until the cargo completes its air transportation, and shall be retained for record purposes for as long as required by government authorities. We incur no liability for retaining the documents for the said and similar reasons.
Limitation of Liability
If the carriage of your shipment by air involves an ultimate destination or stop in a country other than the country of departure, the Warsaw Convention and its subsequent amendments and Protocols (“Warsaw Convention”) may be applicable and govern and in most cases limits our liability for loss, damage, delay, shortage, mis-delivery, non-delivery, misinformation, or failure to provide information for your shipment.
If the shipment is not governed by the Warsaw convention, or any other international treaties, laws, government regulations etc, our maximum liability for loss, damage, delay, shortage, wrong delivery, non-delivery, misinformation, or failure to provide information with your shipment is limited to UK £50 per shipment or UK £9.07 per pound (UK £20/kilo gram) (or the equivalent in local currency), whichever is lower, unless you declare a higher value for carriage, and pay an additional charge for insurance.
If you declare a higher value for carriage and pay the additional charge, our maximum liability will be the lesser of your declared value for carriage or your actual damage. Please ensure you read the terms of insurance, as we do not provide all-risk insurance.
The highest declared value we allow for our packages, and any envelope is UK £50 per shipment or UK £9.07 per pound (UK £20/kilo gram) (or the equivalent in local currency), whichever is lower.
For other shipments, in particular shipments of very high value, including but not limited to jewelry, artwork, antiques, precious metals, clocks, inherently fragile or unique items, the declared value for carriage is limited to UK £50.
The maximum declared value for glass is £50. Shipments containing glass include but are not limited to windshields, plate glass, china ware, light bulbs, televisions, monitors, and glass wares. Our maximum liability for damage to shipment containing glass is £50. The maximum declared values may be raised where you agree to pay for special crating and packaging to ensure safe transportation of the shipment, as well as pay for insurance to cover the shipment from damage while in transit.
Where however we feel that crating your item is best for your shipment due to its sensitive or fragile nature, you agree to bear the cost of such crating – that the cost must be paid before such item is released.
You agree that if you send more than one package on a shipment using a single invoice number or airway bill number, the declared value for carriage of each package will be determined by dividing the total declared value for carriage by the number of packages in the shipment.
Our liability in all cases will not exceed 50% of the combined cost of the goods and the amount paid for shipping.
Liabilities Not Assumed
Subject to the service conditions contained in this agreement, we shall not be liable for any damage arising from your shipment, or loss of income or profit, whether such damage be direct, incidental, or consequential, except to the extent of the declared value or UK £50 per shipment or (UK £20 per Kilo gram) (or the equivalent in local currency), whichever is lower. It is immaterial that we knew or ought to have known that such damage was likely to occur.
You agree that we are not liable for your acts of incorrect declaration of cargo, improper or insufficient packing, securing, marking, or addressing of the shipment; or the acts or omissions of the recipient or anyone else with an interest in the shipment.
You agree that we are not liable for loss, damage, delay, shortage, improper delivery, non-delivery, misinformation, or failure to provide information in connection with shipments of cash, currency or equivalent or other prohibited items.
We are not liable for loss, damage, delay, shortage, non-delivery, misinformation, monetary losses of any type or failure to provide information in connection with your shipment caused by events beyond our control including, acts of God; public authorities; strikes; labour disputes; weather; mechanical failures; aircraft failures and/or delays; civil commotions; acts or omissions of customs or quarantine officials; war; acts of terrorism, defaults or omissions of the shipper or consignee or failure to observe the terms and conditions of the agreement of carriage. In case of delay by airlines or shipping line, it shall be enough for us to show that your items arrived the point of departure within reasonable time. In addition, notwithstanding our commitment in ensuring that your items are delivered to you on time and within the estimated time frames as seen on our website, we reserve the right to delay shipment where the total volume of all consolidated shipments from multiple customers at each point in time is less than 100 kg. You will be notified where such delays occur and you agree to hold us harmless for any delays experienced from such occurrence.
You agree and are aware that all items are stored in a general and open warehouse, where conditions of storage may not be suitable for all categories of goods. You agree that we are not liable for deterioration or depreciation in quality, changes in colour or appearance of items in the warehouse – whether of perishable or non perishable items, caused by long storage etc. Where a special storage condition is required for a particular item, you agree to notify us of such required/ special storage condition and to make the consequential payment (as may be agreed), prior to the arrival of the item to our warehouse, or to reimburse us of expenses reasonably incurred to preserve such items.
Where customer specifically requests insurance, terms of the insurance and coverage provided can be seen under our insurance policy.
We make no warranties, express or implied, and expressly disclaim any and all warranties.
Export Control and Customs Clearance
By giving us your shipment, you hereby appoint us your agent for the performance of customs clearance and certify us as the nominal consignee for the purpose of designating a customs broker to perform customs clearance.
You are responsible for and warrant your compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to customs laws; import, export, and re-export laws, and governmental regulations in respect of your shipment in any country where the same may pass. You agree to furnish such information and documents as are necessary to comply with such laws, rules and regulations.
You also undertake that you have all permits, clearances, health certificates or any other required government clearance documents needed for your goods to enter the country of destination, or any country through which the goods may pass on its journey to the final destination. Such documents you agree to provide within 24 hours of request by us. You agree that when you do not have the required clearance documents, any extra charge incurred to get your goods released or arrive its destination, will be borne by you; and that such goods will not be released to you until such extra payment is made in full.
We assume no liability to you or any other person for any loss or expenses due to failure to comply with any documentation with customs or other government Agencies.
Delivery of Shipment
The consignee must note at the point of delivery, on the delivery receipt, damage (if any), to the contents of the shipment, shortage in the shipment or any other complaint. Such notations as “subject to inspection” and “subject to recount” are not exceptions. Any complaint not registered at the point of delivery shall be deemed waived.
You agree that in shipping your item, while we take all necessary steps within our power to ensure timely delivery, “time of delivery is not of the essence”, and it is agreed that no time is fixed for the completion of carriage and that we do not guarantee pick-ups, transportation or delivery on a special date or time, and shall not be liable for a failure to do so or consequences of the same.
You also agree that transportation of the shipment is subject to availability of space and necessary logistics. We shall have the right to substitute carriers or other means of transportation; and to select the routing or to deviate from that represented if circumstances necessitate or it became reasonable to do so.
In case of loss or damage, the weight to be used in determining carriers limit of liability shall be the weight used to determine the charge for carriage of such shipment; and in the case of loss or damage to a part of a shipment, the weight used shall be prorated to the packages covered by the same air waybill whose value is affected by the loss or damage. The weight applicable in the case of loss or damage to one or more articles in a package shall be the weight of the actual article.
You agree that no claims will be entertained until all transportation charges have been paid. Shipper agrees that Claims shall not be deducted from transportation or other charges due to carrier.
If the recipient accepts shipment without noting any damage or loss on the delivery record, such shipment shall be deemed to be delivered in good condition and no claim shall be made thereon. In order for us to consider a claim, the contents, original shipping cartons, and packing must be available for us to inspect.
In case of items that are misplaced while in the company’s warehouse, a full refund of the purchase cost will be made to you once the original invoice of purchase is presented. You agree to this and fully accept that on no account will we pay or refund you beyond the actual cost of items misplaced, and the only amount to be used for refund is that actual amount as stated on your original invoice of purchase.
Report of any claims must be made in writing within 7 days of delivery by World Options UK Limited.
Disposal of Property
You, consignee and agent agree that you have been duly notified of your shipment’s arrival after an acknowledgement or reply to any form of electronic communication such as a text message or email or proof of delivery from a courier company has been received. If after 7 days the shipment is still not claimed or delivery cannot be made, we shall either return, forward, re-consign the shipment at shipper’s expense or dispose of the same without further notice to the shipper and consignee and with no liability on us. No such sale shall discharge the shipper or consignee of any liability or lien; or where possible, we shall keep the items in our warehouse for some reasonable period subject to payment of warehousing fee of UK£ 0.1 per pound day, and this fee shall be paid by the shipper before items are released. All items not claimed after 7 days stay in our warehouse are at the customers risk.
Legal Action to enforce a claim must be brought within 30 days of delivery provided that a prior written claim has been made to us without receiving any response 15 days thereafter. For purposes of this section, items are deemed delivered to the shipper, once shipper is notified of the arrival of such items – whether or not he takes actual delivery of them. Where shipper is withholding any sum of money due to us, the 30days does not begin to run until the said sum has been fully paid to us.
Additional Terms and Conditions for shipments by Ocean
For shipments by our Ocean service, you agree:
i. To pay the total shipping cost at the time of authorisation of your shipment or at least, a minimum of 75% of the total shipping cost prior to loading, if applicable. Late payment charges of 0.5% per day will take effect after 14 days of non- payment.
ii. That we store your goods free of charge for 7 days. And thereafter, if the right documents are not presented, or your items are still not ready for shipping, that we charge storage fee at £1/pound per day until items are shipped out.
iii. That once you are notified of the arrival of your item, and you do not take delivery of the same after 7 days, that you will pay storage charges at a rate of £0.5/pound per day.
v. That for consolidated shipments, we will provide clearance services on your behalf, and that all clearance and incidental costs will be paid 15 days before the arrival of the container to the destination port. That if such payments are not made within the stipulated period, a late payment charge of 0.5% per day will apply. In addition, all demurrage charges occasioned by non- payment of those and other incidental fees shall be borne by you and that the container and your cargo will not be released until all accumulated demurrage charges are paid.
vi. To pay any or all other fees that may be imposed by regulatory or government agencies prior to release of your items.
vii. That time is not of the essence of the transaction.
B. Use of Site and Site Security
World Options UK operates the website “www.worldoptions.com”, where you can track your shipment. Use by unregistered persons is strictly prohibited. As a registered user of the site, you are solely responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of your password and account and activities on your account.
For security reasons, we recommend changing your password regularly by visiting “My Account” section on the site after you have logged in. You agree to notify us immediately you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or any other security breach. You must immediately inform us of known security issues, such as compromise of your password, or unauthorized use of your account. Until we are notified in writing of any security breach, there is little we can do for any unauthorized use of your account.
We reserve the right to review all accounts at any time to ensure compliance, or to ensure completion of shipping documentation on your behalf. You agree that at all times; you will provide us with complete and accurate information. You agree that we may suspend and terminate your account and your use of our website and service if you provide us with any inaccurate/misleading information.
On no account must you compromise the site security. Violation may in addition to civil remedies, result to criminal prosecution. Violation of security of this site include hacking, modifying or corrupting security or authentication measures, accessing data or information not intended for your use, malicious spreading of virus, worms transmission, time bombs, denial of service attack, etc that could damage, impair or interfere with our computer’s functionality or the operation of this site. Other forms of violation include the misrepresentation of your identity, deceptive online marketing, defamation and abuse of the legal rights of others etc. You will be held responsible for any information you transmit on this site. By transmitting information to this site, you agree that the information you send to this site is true, accurate and not misleading and that you have the right to send such information.
For comments, feedback, postcards, suggestions, ideas etc submitted or offered to us on or through this Site, by e-mail or telephone or offered in connection with your use of this Site, you grant us a royalty-free, irrevocable, transferable right and license to use the Comments however we desire, including to copy, modify, delete in its entirety, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from and/or sell and/or distribute such Comments and/or incorporate such Comments into any form, medium or technology throughout the world without compensating you in any manner.
We shall be under no obligation (1) to maintain any Comments in confidence; (2) to pay to user any compensation for any Comments; or (3) to respond to any user Comments. You agree that any Comments submitted by you to the Site will not violate the terms in these Terms and Conditions of Use or any right of any third party or seller, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary right(s), and will not cause injury to any person or entity.
You further agree that no Comments submitted by you to the Site will be or contain libelous or otherwise unlawful, threatening, abusive or obscene material, or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings or any form of “spam”.
You grant us the right to use the name that you submit in connection with any Comments. You agree not to use a false email address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of any Comments you submit. You are and shall remain solely responsible for the content of any Comments you make and you agree to indemnify us for all claims resulting from any Comments you submit.
We may disclose your information if necessary to protect our legal rights, if the information relates to actual or threatened harmful conduct, or we believe that such action is necessary to conform to the requirements of the law or comply with governmental orders, court orders, or to protect and defend the property or rights of other users of this website or the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and prevention, credit risk protection, and other prohibited or illegal activities. Except as stated above, we do not disclose shipper’s personal information to third parties without consent.
This Site operates AS-IS and IS-AVAILABLE, without liability of any kind. This Privacy and Security Policy is governed by UK law. Any legal action against us concerning this site must be instituted in a UK court within 45 days after the cause of action arose, otherwise same shall be barred. You agree that under no circumstance will any of our employee, directors or officers be liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of the site.
C. Additional Terms and Conditions for Our E-Procure Customers
Welcome to our E-Procure service. This service offered to you by Ashante Stores UK Ltd and any sub-domains is provided under strict terms and conditions herein contained and/or via any of our regular newsletters. Upon subscription, your item will on receipt, be sorted out, repacked and shipped to your desired location.
Thus, by completing the Sign Up process, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions, and may only continue to use our E-Procure service as long as you adhere to these terms and conditions.
You agree that all items shipped to you will be used in the country such items are shipped to.
As such, you empower us to deal in your packages including sorting out, warehousing etc. However we do not accept items that are not properly addressed. For example where an item is addressed to another person but bears your unit number. Such packages are either returned to the sender or at your request, shipped to your designated shipping address with a penalty charge of £14.99.
We reserve the right, and you authorize us to open, inspect and screen all packages/items delivered to you without any advance notice to you. We do not accept items delivered COD (Cash on Delivery) on your behalf, unless the payment for such COD amount has been made in advance. We do not accept items that are unlawful or goods that are clearly damaged as at the time of delivery or expired products. Where mistakenly accepted, such items will be returned to the sender or any other appropriate authority.
You agree to use a delivery service (preferably Fedex or UPS) that provides full tracking information and signature verification; and that we are not responsible or liable for items delivered without any proof of tracking and signature verification.
It is mandatory and highly advised that you provide insurance for your items since a failure to insure your items, is at your own risk as no compensation will be paid in case of loss or damage. Without prejudice to the above, we may at our absolute discretion provide free insurance of up to £25 for Personal accounts, £50 for Premium accounts, and £100 insurance for Business accounts for items in your warehouse.
Your items are stored free of charge for up to 14 days, and must be paid for and shipped out by us after 14 days otherwise charges shall apply. After 14 days, storage charges of £0.1/pound per day will be billed to your account and will need to be paid for before items are shipped out by us. Should you decide that you will prefer to pick up your items from your warehouse so as to use alternative shipping options, we will be compensated for the cost of receiving and storing your items and this is billed at £0.1/pound per day, counted form the very day the items arrived the warehouse. Please note that items will not be released for you to retrieve from your assigned warehouse if this compensation is not paid in full.
You agree that after 60 days, we reserve the right to sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of such packages without incurring any liability whatsoever to you or any other party.
You agree that you are aware of our shipping terms and conditions as published on this website. Our shipping cost can be found by using our quote function, or by special rates (click here to see special rates) we have arranged for some categories of customers. Please note that extra charges different from the normal shipping fee may apply in certain instances.
Your shipping invoice will list all items that are shipped out in a given package. On receipt, you are required to verify and ensure that all items listed on the invoice are received.Complaints of non receipt, discrepancies on items received etc must be lodged within 24 hours of receipt otherwise the right is lost.
iv. You agree that you are fully aware of our store’s return policy for defective items as well as the time limit for return of such items, and that failure to return any such item within the relevant period is at your risk.
vi. You agree that we have up to 96 hours after payment is made to place the order with our suppliers. You agree that once your order is placed, we are not responsible for any delays in shipping the product from the store and that shipping time is based on your selected preference or on the terms and conditions of the store. Urgent orders (e-packet deliveries) must be specifically made. In this wise, the order will be placed within 36 hours provided an Urgency (Processing) Fee accompanied the order.
vii. You agree that you are aware that delivery of items through our procurement service after all items in your order have reached our UK warehouse and is subject to the same terms and conditions as our normal shipments. You are aware that our role in the procurement process is limited to making payment on your behalf and instructing the store to deliver the item to your selected warehouse address. Thereafter, the E-Procure and Shipping rules as contained in this Terms and Conditions shall apply .You also agree that we have up to 30 days for the delivery of all goods using our procurement service if items are to be air freighted; that where we are not able to deliver such goods for reasons beyond our control, all costs incurred by us will be paid by you.
viii. You agree that you have checked your store of choice and verified that the items you need are available with them and that they can deliver after we make the purchase on your behalf. You also agree that where we have placed an order within the stipulated time frame, and are notified by the store that items ordered are not in stock, and hence the store can not deliver, that you are liable to pay still pay us 50% of the processing fees for our effort or £20 minimum as we would have already incurred costs and expenses like wire transfer charges etc in placing the order. Refund after notification will be made within 7 business days after we receive the refund from your chosen store.
ix. You agree and are aware that once you have placed and order, we immediately begin to place the order on your behalf with the store, and hence any cancellation will lead to usincuring losses most times. Hence all urgent purchases must be cancelled within 1 hour of been placed, and all standard orders cancelled within 12 hours of payment been made. If you cancel outside of these times, you agree to still pay us our full processing fee. You will be credited all other costs 48 to 72 hours after the funds are released by the store and paid back to us.
x. For items that require us to carry out an inspection such as trucks, power bikes, heavy machinery etc, you agree to pay us £100 for inspecting any such item, if located within 30 miles of our warehouse address and £200 if located outside 30 miles. You are aware that this applies whether or not the product is eventually purchased and that the same is separate from processing and other fees.
xi. You also agree that items procured through this service and shipped to you via sea will be delivered according to the delivery time frame for sea shipment, and not within 30 days delivery time for air shipments.
When your subscription expires and you decides not to renew, items already in your warehouse will be shipped to you with a £14.99 processing fee and at a rate 50% higher than our standard E-Procure shipping rates. But shipment is on the condition that full payment has been made. If after 30 days, payment is not made for final shipping of your items, we reserve the right to sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of such packages without incurring any liability whatsoever to you or any other party.
You agree that we may terminate your account at any time without being liable to you or any third party where you fail to abide by these Terms and Conditions.
i. This Agreement supersedes any oral agreement, promise, representation or understanding between parties with respect to shipment.
ii. In so far as any provisions contained in this agreement may be contrary to any applicable international treaties, laws, government regulations, orders, or requirements, such provisions shall remain valid and binding as part of our shipping agreement.
iii. Headings are inserted for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of the Agreement.
iv. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions or clause shall not affect other provision(s) in this agreement.
iv. The rights and remedies herein provided are cumulative with, and not exclusive of, any rights or remedies provided by law.
v. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or the breach thereof, not resolved by parties, shall be settled by a court of competent jurisdiction in any location where American AirSea Cargo Limited has an office location.
Place of Execution
Unless otherwise stated, the place of execution of this agreement is 36 – 38 Berry Street, Wolverhampton, UK.