History: 1991 a. 316
When a contract specified “free alongside” (FAS) terms, the buyer's confirmation form containing inconsistent terms did not relieve the buyer of liability for goods properly delivered FAS. Melrose International Trading Co. of Canada v. Patrick Cudahy Inc., 482 F. Supp. 1369
C.I.F. and C.& F. terms. 402.320(1)(1)
The term C.I.F. means that the price includes in a lump sum the cost of the goods and the insurance and freight to the named destination. The term C.& F. or C.F. means that the price so includes cost and freight to the named destination.
Unless otherwise agreed and even though used only in connection with the stated price and destination, the term C.I.F. destination or its equivalent requires the seller at the seller's expense and risk to:
Put the goods into the possession of a carrier at the port for shipment and obtain a negotiable bill or bills of lading covering the entire transportation to the named destination; and
Load the goods and obtain a receipt from the carrier (which may be contained in the bill of lading) showing that the freight has been paid or provided for; and
Obtain a policy or certificate of insurance, including any war risk insurance, of a kind and on terms then current at the port of shipment in the usual amount, in the currency of the contract, shown to cover the same goods covered by the bill of lading and providing for payment of loss to the order of the buyer or for the account of whom it may concern; but the seller may add to the price the amount of the premium for any such war risk insurance; and
Prepare an invoice of the goods and procure any other documents required to effect shipment or to comply with the contract; and
Forward and tender with commercial promptness all the documents in due form and with any endorsement necessary to perfect the buyer's rights.
Unless otherwise agreed the term C.& F. or its equivalent has the same effect and imposes upon the seller the same obligations and risks as a C.I.F. term except the obligation as to insurance.
Under the term C.I.F. or C.& F. unless otherwise agreed the buyer must make payment against tender of the required documents and the seller may not tender nor the buyer demand delivery of the goods in substitution for the documents.
History: 1991 a. 316
C.I.F. or C.& F.: “net landed weights"; “payment on arrival"; warranty of condition on arrival.
Under a contract containing a term C.I.F. or C.& F.:
Where the price is based on or is to be adjusted according to “net landed weights", “delivered weights", “out turn" quantity or quality or the like, unless otherwise agreed the seller must reasonably estimate the price. The payment due on tender of the documents called for by the contract is the amount so estimated, but after final adjustment of the price a settlement must be made with commercial promptness.
An agreement described in sub. (1)
or any warranty of quality or condition of the goods on arrival places upon the seller the risk of ordinary deterioration, shrinkage and the like in transportation but has no effect on the place or time of identification to the contract for sale or delivery or on the passing of the risk of loss.
Unless otherwise agreed where the contract provides for payment on or after arrival of the goods the seller must before payment allow such preliminary inspection as is feasible; but if the goods are lost delivery of the documents and payment are due when the goods should have arrived.
Delivery “ex-ship". 402.322(1)(1)
Unless otherwise agreed a term for delivery of goods “ex-ship" (which means from the carrying vessel) or in equivalent language is not restricted to a particular ship and requires delivery from a ship which has reached a place at the named port of destination where goods of the kind are usually discharged.
Under such a term unless otherwise agreed:
The seller must discharge all liens arising out of the carriage and furnish the buyer with a direction which puts the carrier under a duty to deliver the goods; and
The risk of loss does not pass to the buyer until the goods leave the ship's tackle or are otherwise properly unloaded.
Form of bill of lading required in overseas shipment; “overseas". 402.323(1)(1)
Where the contract contemplates overseas shipment and contains a term C.I.F. or C.& F. or F.O.B. vessel, the seller unless otherwise agreed must obtain a negotiable bill of lading stating that the goods have been loaded on board or, in the case of a term C.I.F. or C.& F., received for shipment.
Where in a case within sub. (1)
a tangible bill of lading has been issued in a set of parts, unless otherwise agreed if the documents are not to be sent from abroad the buyer may demand tender of the full set; otherwise only one part of the bill of lading need be tendered. Even if the agreement expressly requires a full set:
Due tender of a single part is acceptable within the provisions of s. 402.508 (1)
on cure of improper delivery; and
Even though the full set is demanded, if the documents are sent from abroad the person tendering an incomplete set may nevertheless require payment upon furnishing an indemnity which the buyer in good faith deems adequate.
A shipment by water or by air or a contract contemplating such shipment is “overseas" insofar as by usage of trade or agreement it is subject to the commercial, financing or shipping practices characteristic of international deep water commerce.
History: 2009 a. 322
No arrival, no sale" term.
Under a term “no arrival, no sale" or terms of like meaning, unless otherwise agreed:
The seller must properly ship conforming goods and if they arrive by any means the seller must tender them on arrival but the seller assumes no obligation that the goods will arrive unless the seller has caused the nonarrival; and
Where without fault of the seller the goods are in part lost or have so deteriorated as no longer to conform to the contract or arrive after the contract time, the buyer may proceed as if there had been casualty to identified goods (s. 402.613
History: 1991 a. 316
Letter of credit" term; “confirmed credit". 402.325(1)(1)
Failure of the buyer seasonably to furnish an agreed letter of credit is a breach of the contract for sale.
The delivery to seller of a proper letter of credit suspends the buyer's obligation to pay. If the letter of credit is dishonored, the seller may on seasonable notification to the buyer require payment directly from the buyer.
Unless otherwise agreed the term “letter of credit" or “banker's credit" in a contract for sale means an irrevocable credit issued by a financing agency of good repute and, where the shipment is overseas, of good international repute. The term “confirmed credit" means that the credit must also carry the direct obligation of such an agency which does business in the seller's financial market.
History: 1991 a. 316
Sale on approval and sale or return; rights of creditors. 402.326(1)(1)
Unless otherwise agreed, if delivered goods may be returned by the buyer even though they conform to the contract, the transaction is:
A “sale on approval" if the goods are delivered primarily for use; and
A “sale or return" if the goods are delivered primarily for resale.
Goods held on approval are not subject to the claims of the buyer's creditors until acceptance; goods held on sale or return are subject to such claims while in the buyer's possession.
Any “or return" term of a contract for sale is to be treated as a separate contract for sale within s. 402.201
and as contradicting the sale aspect of the contract within s. 402.202
on parol or extrinsic evidence.
If a person delivers or consigns for sale goods that the person used, or bought for use, for personal, family or household purposes, these goods do not become the property of the deliveree or consignee unless the deliveree or consignee purchases and fully pays for the goods. This subsection does not prevent the deliveree or consignee from acting as the deliverer's or consignor's agent to transfer title to these goods to a buyer who pays the full purchase price. Any payment received by the deliveree or consignee from a buyer of these goods, less any amount that the deliverer or consignor expressly agreed could be deducted from the payment for commissions, fees or expenses, is the property of the deliveror or consignor and is not subject to the claims of the deliveree's or consignee's creditors.
Enumerating and discussing factors relevant to determining whether goods are delivered “for sale." Armor All Products v. Amoco Oil Co., 194 Wis. 2d 35
, 533 N.W.2d 720
Whether a transaction is a “sale on approval" must be determined by an objective examination of the transaction documents and the parties' performance, rather than examination of the parties' subjective intent. Houghton Wood Products, Inc. v. Badger Wood Products, Inc., 196 Wis. 2d 457
, 538 N.W.2d 621
(Ct. App. 1995), 95-0004
When a good is used in the manufacturing process where it undergoes transformation and is subsequently resold, it is not delivered for “use" under sub. (1). Houghton Wood Products, Inc. v. Badger Wood Products, Inc., 196 Wis. 2d 457
, 538 N.W.2d 621
(Ct. App. 1995), 95-0004
Special incidents of sale on approval and sale or return. 402.327(1)(1)
Under a sale on approval unless otherwise agreed:
Although the goods are identified to the contract the risk of loss and the title do not pass to the buyer until acceptance; and
Use of the goods consistent with the purpose of trial is not acceptance but failure seasonably to notify the seller of election to return the goods is acceptance, and if the goods conform to the contract acceptance of any part is acceptance of the whole; and
After due notification of election to return, the return is at the seller's risk and expense but a merchant buyer must follow any reasonable instructions.
Under a sale or return unless otherwise agreed:
The option to return extends to the whole or any commercial unit of the goods while in substantially their original condition, but must be exercised seasonably; and
In a sale by auction if goods are put up in lots each lot is the subject of a separate sale.
A sale by auction is complete when the auctioneer so announces by the fall of the hammer or in other customary manner. Where a bid is made while the hammer is falling in acceptance of a prior bid the auctioneer may in the auctioneer's discretion reopen the bidding or declare the goods sold under the bid on which the hammer was falling.
Such a sale is with reserve unless the goods are in explicit terms put up without reserve. In an auction with reserve the auctioneer may withdraw the goods at any time until the auctioneer announces completion of the sale. In an auction without reserve, after the auctioneer calls for bids on an article or lot, that article or lot cannot be withdrawn unless no bid is made within a reasonable time. In either case a bidder may retract a bid until the auctioneer's announcement of completion of the sale, but a bidder's retraction does not revive any previous bid.
If the auctioneer knowingly receives a bid on the seller's behalf or the seller makes or procures such a bid, and notice has not been given that liberty for such bidding is reserved, the buyer may at the buyer's option avoid the sale or take the goods at the price of the last good faith bid prior to the completion of the sale. This subsection shall not apply to any bid at a forced sale.
History: 1991 a. 316
TITLE, CREDITORS, AND GOOD FAITH PURCHASERS
Passing of title; reservation for security; limited application of this section.
Each provision of this chapter with regard to the rights, obligations, and remedies of the seller, the buyer, purchasers, or other 3rd parties applies irrespective of title to the goods except where the provision refers to such title. Insofar as situations are not covered by the other provisions of this chapter and matters concerning title become material the following rules apply:
Title to goods cannot pass under a contract for sale prior to their identification to the contract (s. 402.501
), and unless otherwise explicitly agreed the buyer acquires by their identification a special property as limited by chs. 401
. Any retention or reservation by the seller of the title (property) in goods shipped or delivered to the buyer is limited in effect to a reservation of a security interest. Subject to these provisions and to ch. 409
, title to goods passes from the seller to the buyer in any manner and on any conditions explicitly agreed on by the parties.
Unless otherwise explicitly agreed title passes to the buyer at the time and place at which the seller completes the seller's performance with reference to the physical delivery of the goods, despite any reservation of a security interest and even though a document of title is to be delivered at a different time or place; and in particular and despite any reservation of a security interest by the bill of lading:
If the contract requires or authorizes the seller to send the goods to the buyer but does not require the seller to deliver them at destination, title passes to the buyer at the time and place of shipment; but
If the contract requires delivery at destination, title passes on tender there.
Unless otherwise explicitly agreed where delivery is to be made without moving the goods:
If the seller is to deliver a tangible document of title, title passes at the time when and the place where the seller delivers such documents and, if the seller is to deliver an electronic document of title, title passes when the seller delivers the document; or
If the goods are at the time of contracting already identified and no documents of title are to be delivered, title passes at the time and place of contracting.
A rejection or other refusal by the buyer to receive or retain the goods, whether or not justified, or a justified revocation of acceptance revests title to the goods in the seller. Such revesting occurs by operation of law and is not a “sale".
Title to a vehicle passes to the buyer when the seller completes performance of the contract with reference to the transfer of physical possession, despite the seller's retention of the certificate of title. National Exchange Bank of Fond du Lac v. Mann, 81 Wis. 2d 352
, 260 N.W.2d 716
Rights of seller's creditors against sold goods. 402.402(1)(1)
Except as provided in subs. (2)
, rights of unsecured creditors of the seller with respect to goods which have been identified to a contract for sale are subject to the buyer's rights to recover the goods under ss. 402.502
A creditor of the seller may treat a sale or an identification of goods to a contract for sale as void, if as against the creditor a retention of possession by the seller is fraudulent under any rule of law of the state where the goods are situated, except that retention of possession in good faith and current course of trade by a merchant-seller for a commercially reasonable time after a sale or identification is not fraudulent.
Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to impair the rights of creditors of the seller:
Where identification to the contract or delivery is made not in current course of trade but in satisfaction of or as security for a preexisting claim for money, security or the like and is made under circumstances which under any rule of law of the state where the goods are situated would apart from this chapter constitute the transaction a fraudulent transfer or voidable preference.
History: 1991 a. 316
Power to transfer; good faith purchase of goods; “entrusting". 402.403(1)(1)
A purchaser of goods acquires all title which the purchaser's transferor had or had power to transfer except that a purchaser of a limited interest acquires rights only to the extent of the interest purchased. A person with voidable title has power to transfer a good title to a good faith purchaser for value. When goods have been delivered under a transaction of purchase the purchaser has such power even though:
The transferor was deceived as to the identity of the purchaser; or
The delivery was in exchange for a check which is later dishonored; or
It was agreed that the transaction was to be a “cash sale"; or
The delivery was procured through fraud punishable as larcenous under the criminal law.