Membership Agreement - FORWARDER 

This Membership Agreement and the Terms of Service (together herein referred to as the “Agreement”) governs Your membership with SHIPZ INC (“SHIPZ”), and the use of software provided to You by SHIPZ. By accepting this Agreement, You agree to be bound by the terms and conditions hereof, and You will not be permitted to enter into contracts on the SHIPZ Platform until you have agreed to the same.  

This Agreement is effective between You and Us as of the date of Your acceptance of this Agreement.

Part 1. Definitions 

"Agreement" means this Membership Agreement together with the Terms of Service on the website. 

Booking Fee” means the 3% of the total invoiced amount which the Freight Forwarder pays to Shipz. 

Freight Forwarder” means the party on the Shipz Platform who is providing quotes and transport services. 

Shipper” means the party on the SHIPZ Platform requesting quotes from a Freight Forwarder. 

SHIPZ Platform” means the digital forward freight contracting system developed, owned and operated by SHIPZ for the purpose of facilitating global freight transport by providing a standardized, quoting platform for entering into enforceable freight contracts.

"Transport Contract" means transport contracts formed between a forwarder and a shipper based on and incorporating terms from the offers, bids, acceptances and other freight contract related information on SHIPZ.

"User" means an individual who is authorized by You to use a Service and to whom You (or We at Your request) have supplied a user identification and password. Users may include, for example, Your employees, consultants, contractors and agents.

"We", "Us" or "Our" means the SHIPZ INC and affiliates of SHIPZ.

"You" or "Your" means the company or other legal entity for which You are accepting this Agreement, and Affiliates of that company or entity.

Part 2. Membership

Section 2.1 Membership

This Agreement allows You to fully access the SHIPZ Platform and enter Transport Contracts with participating Shipper. In addition to this Membership Agreement, Your use of the SHIPZ Platform is subject to the terms and conditions of SHIPZ Terms of Service as updated by Us, which are incorporated herein by reference.

Section 2.2 Membership Fees

To sign up it is free for Forwarders/Providers, a 3% booking fee will be taken by Shipz before paying the forwarder once a shipment has been booked and paid by the shipper.

Section 2.3. Cancellation of Membership subscription 

Monthly subscription basis

Yearly subscription basis

Section 2.4.    Your Responsibilities in General

You will (a) be responsible for You and Your Users’ compliance with this Agreement, (b) be responsible for the accuracy, quality and legality of Transport Contracts, (c) use commercially reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access to or use of the SHIPZ Platform System or Transport Contracts, and notify Us promptly of any such unauthorized access or use, (d) comply with the SHIPZ Terms of Service.

Section 2.5. Your Responsibilities in respect of transport

Your responsibilities in respect of providing transport quotes include You:

  1. Provide quotes based on Incoterms 2020 and the latest CIFFA terms and conditions
  2. Providing a quote which itemizes all fees, surcharges and ancillaries in addition to base freight (except those which cannot be known at the time); 
  3. If a shipment has to be rolled (either due to the Shipper or issues outside the reasonable control of you the Freight Forwarder) priority for the shipment will be made for the next available transport. 
  4. Will facilitate and provide all necessary documents to the Shipper to effect booked transport. 

Section 2.6. Your Responsibilities in the Event of Default

The Member claiming a default has the obligation of promptly notifying the relevant Shipper  who booked the requested freight service of that default. In some instances, You may rely on the SHIPZ Platform to provide data indicating that the Shipper failed to perform. In instances where the You cannot rely on EDI messaging, e.g. containers are not available for you to pick up at the Container Yard, You are required to provide evidence that such a default has occurred.

Shipz does not accept any responsibility for default of the Shipper. 

Part 3.1 Payment Procedure

Your Membership with SHIPZ acknowledges adherence to the payment options as defined below. SHIPZ reserves the right to terminate Your Membership or seek external legal remedy if You fail to comply with such payment options.

Part 3.2 Payment of Membership

Shipz will take a 3% booking fee from the payment from the shipper before paying the forwarder. All invoices minus the 3% booking fee can be emailed to [email protected]

Part 3.3 Operation of Freight bookings

  1. Quotes provided by you the Freight Forwarder are valid for 48 hours. 
  2. You understand that the Shipper accepts the quote by completing the payment of the invoice amount through PayCargo. 
  3. The transaction is then governed by your standard trading terms as provided to the Shipper. 

Part 3.4 Booking Fees and payment of quotes

You agree that as part of use of this platform that you the Freight Forwarder will pay a Booking Fee per transaction. You further agree that Shipz will (via PayCargo) remit the total invoice amount (as per the quote provided to the Shipper) net of the Booking Fee. 

Part 4. European Union Personal Data Processing

Section 4.1     Membership Personal Data

With respect to any membership personal data SHIPZ obtains related to this Agreement that is covered by the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“EU GDPR”), including first and last name, employer, business role, professional title, contact information (e.g. email, phone, physical address); usernames; passwords; business network; business experience; business interests; localization data and device identification data (“Membership Personal Data”), such data shall be processed pursuant to the Privacy Policy for Membership Personal Data available here

Section 4.2    SHIPZ Contracting System Data

With respect to any personal data we obtain related to the SHIPZ Platform that is covered by the EU GDPR, such data shall be processed according to the SHIPZ Data Processing Agreement that is incorporate into this document by reference. The SHIPZ Data Processing Agreement is available here.

Part 5. Proprietary Rights and Licenses

Section 5.1.    Reservation of Rights

Except for the license provided to You under Section 5.2, We and Our licensors reserve all of Our/their rights, titles and interests in and to the SHIPZ Platform and its content, including all of Our/their related intellectual property rights. No other rights are granted to You.

Section 5.2.    License by Us to Use Data

We grant You a worldwide license to use data acquired by You as a result of Your use of the SHIPZ Platform for the duration of Your membership. This license is not exclusive and not transferable to another party. Your use of the data is subject to this Membership Agreement, the SHIPZ Terms of Service, and any other applicable policy or procedure.

Section 5.3.    License by You to Use Your Feedback

You grant to Us and Our Affiliates a worldwide license to use and incorporate any feedback provide by You. This license will not be subject to a term limit or royalty, and is not revocable by You.

Part 6. Confidentiality

Section 6.1.    Definition of Confidential Information

“Confidential Information” means all information exchanged that is marked as confidential or that reasonably should be understood to be confidential given the nature of the information and the circumstances of disclosure. However, Confidential Information does not include any information that (a) is or becomes generally known to the public without breach of any agreement not to disclose, (b) was already publicly known prior to disclosure and its public availability was not the result of a breach of any agreement not to disclose, (c) is received from a third-party without breach of any agreement not to disclose, or (d) was independently developed.

Our Confidential Information may include but is not limited to:

  1. All data residing on the SHIPZ Platform including rates offered,
  2. information or communications obtained in conjunction with use or access to the SHIPZ Platform,
  3. Confidential Information of Our customers including: rates, prices, volumes, container status messages, and any other Company customer confidential information,
  4. all de-identified, and aggregated data (including de-identified data) compiled and/or generated by Us, irrespective of where the data originated,
  5. The Terms and Conditions of any Transport Contract, SHIPZ Agreement (including this one), and the SHIPZ Terms of Service.
  6. You shall only share SHIPZ Confidential Information with You, Any of Your Parent or Subsidiary entities if applicable legal counsel, accountants, and employees.

Section 6. 2. Confidentiality of Rates

Each rate found on SHIPZ must remain strictly confidential and cannot be published or shared to any third party by any means without the consent of SHIPZ and the offering forwarder. These rates are subject to all applicable antitrust and competition rules and regulations.

Section 6.3.    Protecting of Confidential Information

Each Party will use the same degree of care that it uses to protect the confidentiality of its own confidential information of like kind (but not less than reasonable care).

Section 6.4.    Compelled Disclosure

Either Party may disclose confidential information in response to a valid subpoena or discovery request in a civil or criminal case. In such event, the subpoenaed or requested party will promptly give the other written notice so that the other party has reasonable opportunity to take legal action concerning the subpoena if necessary.

Section 6.5.    Violations of Confidentiality

Unauthorized sharing of SHIPZ Confidential Information will result in the suspension and/or permanent termination of Your trading ability with SHIPZ. Please see Your copy of the SHIPZ Standard Operating Terms and Conditions for more details on actions available to be taken by SHIPZ in the event of unauthorized disclosure of SHIPZ Confidential Information.

Part 7. Representations, Warranties, Exclusive Remedies and Disclaimers

Section 7.1.    Representations

Each party represents that it has validly entered into this Agreement and has the legal power to do so.

Section 7.2.    Our Warranties

We will use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the level of security of the SHIPZ Contracting System during the term of this Agreement. (c) We will not substantially decrease the manner in which the   SHIPZ Contracting System operates during the term of this Agreement without prior notice to You.,  The SHIPZ Contracting System will use commercially reasonable efforts to prevent code, files, scripts, agents or programs intended to do harm, including, for example, viruses, worms, time bombs and Trojan horses (“Malicious Code”) from accessing Your systems. For more information please see Your Copy of the SHIPZ Standard Operating Terms and Conditions.

Section 7.3.    Disclaimers

THE CONTENT OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SHIPZ CONTRACTING SYSTEM ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”. Except As stated in this agreement and to the maximum extent allows by law, WE DO NOT MAKE warranties of any kind and disclaims all implied warranty, including the warranty of merchantability and fitness for purpose. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SYSTEM OR SERVICES OR DELIVERABLES WILL BE ERROR-FREE, ALWAYS AVAILABLE OR OPERATE WITHOUT LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA OR TECHNICAL MALFUNCTION. SHIPZ IS NOT RESPONSIBLE TOYOU RELATING TO ANY USE OF ANY THIRD-PARTY SERVICES INCLUDING FOR ANY HARD OR DAMAGES CAUSED BY ANY THIRD-PARTY HOSTING PROVIDERS. ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE NOT LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY TECHNICAL MALFUNCTION, TELECOMMUNICATION, OR INTERNET OUTAGES OR PROBLEMS, COMPUTER ERROR, CORRUPTION OR LOSS OF INFORMATION BEYOND COMPANY'S CONTROL.

Part 8.  Indemnification

In the event that an arbiter or court of appropriate jurisdiction as defined in Section 11.2 finds that You have breached this Agreement, and We sustain losses as a result of that breach, including awarded damages and attorney’s fees and costs, You will reimburse Us for said losses. 

Part 9. Limitation of Liability

Except as stated in Part 8, Yours and Our total aggregate liability under this Agreement cannot exceed five thousand dollars ($5000). Neither of Us has any liability for indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, consequential, or punitive damages, even if such damages are foreseeable or the other party is made aware of the possibility of such damages. This is the sole remedy for breach of this Agreement unless otherwise specified here in.

Part 10. Term and Termination

Section 10.1.    Term of Agreement

This Agreement begins on the date of acceptance and will continue to be in effect until it is terminated. Either of Us may terminate this Agreement with thirty (30) days written notice to the other party. This Agreement will immediately terminate if either of Us files for bankruptcy or any other proceeding relating to insolvency, receivership, liquidation or assignment for the benefit of creditors.  You will still be responsible for fulfilling the terms of any ongoing Transport Contract, and the obligations under any Third-Party Guarantee/Payment Account entered into prior to the termination of this Agreement.

Section 10.2.    Surviving Provisions

The Sections titled "Proprietary Rights and Licenses," "Confidentiality," "Disclaimers," "Mutual Indemnification," "Limitation of Liability," and "General Provisions" will survive any termination.

Part 11. General Provisions

Section 11.1.    Notice

You should direct notices to SHIPZ INC at address 8 The Green, Suite 6090, Dover, DE 19901. SHIPZ can be notified via phone at 650-204-0471, email at [email protected], or in writing to: SHIPZ INC,  Attn: Member Services, 8 The Green, Suite 6090, Dover, DE 19901. 

Section 11.2.    Agreement to Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This contract is governed by the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to choice or conflicts of law rules, and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Delaware, and You consent to the governance of SHIPZ under United States law and regulations.

Section 11.3.    Entire Agreement and Order of Precedence

This Agreement, and the documents incorporated herein, are the sole agreement between You and Us regarding Your use of the SHIPZ Platform. To change or waive provisions of this Agreement, the change or waive must be provided in writing and agreed upon in writing by the Party not asking for the change or waiver. In the event of conflict between the documents, the order of precedent shall be 1) This Membership Agreement and 2) the SHIPZ Terms of Service.