Model Contracts for Small Firms

Model Contracts for Small Firms

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ITC
03 Sep 2010
Pages:
158
ISBN:
9789213614983 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/6da1f1ab-en

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This book contains the main international commercial contracts that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will need in their trade transactions. All contracts are harmonized in structure as well as in content through the insertion in each of identical boilerplate or recurring clauses. Each Model Contract indicates the basic elements that a non-specialist should fill in or should consider when entering into an agreement. The nine model forms and the boilerplate clauses were selected on the basis of a worldwide survey of representative institutions of SMEs. The Model Contracts will be supplemented in due course with training material developed ITC.

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  • Foreword

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the backbone of many economies, did nearly all their business within national borders until just a few decades ago. Now they are exporting to and importing from all corners of the world. But most small firms do not have access to the legal advice they need at the best of times, and even less so in the current economic climate when they are under pressure to cut costs.

  • Acknowledgements

    These Model Contracts are the achievement of the International Trade Centre’s Pro-bono Committee on International Commercial Model Contracts for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

  • Introduction

    This book contains the main international commercial contracts that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will need in their trade transactions. All contracts are harmonized in structure as well as in content through the insertion in each of identical boilerplate or recurring clauses.

  • International contractual alliance

    This Model Contract is a framework for an Alliance or collaboration between two Parties where no separate jointly owned corporate entity is created. The Alliance is based solely on the contract between the Parties. (It is sometimes also called a contractual joint venture.)

  • International corporate joint venture
  • International commercial sale of goods

    This Model Contract contains the substantive rules for an international sales contract, i.e. the main rights and obligations of the Parties, the remedies for breach of contract by the Buyer; the remedies for breach of contract by the Seller; the general rules that apply equally to both parties. It also contains the boilerplate clauses broadly accepted in international commercial contracts.

  • International long-term supply of goods

    This Model Contract is for the long-term supply of manufactured Goods, between a Supplier and a Customer.

  • International contract manufacture agreement

    This Model Contract is a framework for a so-called contract manufacture agreement, i.e. when the Client wishes the Manufacturer to design, manufacture and deliver goods which the Client intends to integrate into its own final products or services, and therefore must meet certain specific requirements of the Client.

  • International distribution of goods

    This Model Contract is for the distribution of manufactured goods, between a Supplier and a Distributor.

  • International commercial agency

    This Model Contract encompasses the most commonly accepted provisions governing the relationship between a Principal and a commercial Agent.

  • International supply of services

    This Model Contract is a framework for the supply of services, an agreement under the terms of which the Client requests the service provider (“The Supplier”) to supply certain services.

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