Summary

This is a summary of our terms and conditions and is for guidance only. Our contract with you is set out on the full terms and conditions below.

Definitions This section lists all of the words and terms that have specific meanings given to them in our terms and conditions.
Entering into a contract
This section describes when the contract between you and us will be entered into and what will form the contract.
When: once we have accepted your Order for our delivery services.
What: your Order and these terms and conditions
Your responsibilities
This section sets out what you must, and must not, do to allow us to perform the Services. Your key responsibilities are:
Not to send anything that:
- we list as not accepted for carriage; or
- is illegal; or
- is too large; or
- is too or heavy;
To ensure that Parcels are properly packed and labelled;
To pay the correct amount (so make sure you know the correct weight of the Parcel);
Not to send more than 15 Parcels at any one time (unless we agree to a higher number in advance); and
Not to operate more than one myHermes account.
We may charge you certain administration fees if under condition 6.3 if you do not meet your responsibilities.
Delivery notes We will sign any document prepared by you to acknowledge receipt of a Parcel, but our acknowledgement does not extend beyond that.
Our performance of the services
This section sets out when the Services begin and end.
We will make 3 attempts to deliver any Parcel and may destroy any Parcel if you do not tell us what to do with it after 3 failed attempts.
Charges
You have to pay our charges, any administration fees due and repay us any duty/taxes or other unusual expenses that we incur in delivering your Parcel and we may destroy your Parcel if you don't.
We may charge you an administration fee of £25 if you breach any of our terms and conditions, this will be in addition to any other rights that we may have.
Our liability to you
Whilst there are things that we will always be liable to you for under law, we will only be liable for loss or damage to Goods or for late delivery if we have been negligent.
In any case, our liability will be limited to the amounts set out in condition 8.
We will not pay any compensation when:
- you have sent prohibited items or restricted items (click here to view the list of prohibited items and restricted items); or
- there are inherent defects in the Goods; or
- you have inadequately packed or labelled the Goods; or
- you have been dishonest; or
- the Goods are fragile or made of glass.
We do not accept liability for damage to:
- electrical or electronic equipment; or
- data on electrical or electronic equipment including storage media.
Limits to our liability
We will only be liable to pay the lesser of £20 or the cost of repair/replacement if we damage or lose your Parcel if you do not take out our Full Cover.
If you take out our Full Cover, then our liability will be limited to its value or, if less, the cost or repair/replacement.
We will refund our Charges if we are late.
How to make claims for compensation
If you believe that we have damaged your Goods then you must:
- notify us before 28 days have passed from the date of the relevant Order; and
- complete the Claim Form that we provide.
We may ask you to provide evidence to back up your claim for compensation.
Your indemnity
You will reimburse us on a pound for pound basis for any money that we have to pay out because:
- you breach the terms of a Contract; or
- we incur Additional Expenses; or
- you do not pay the correct VAT in connection with the Goods.
Our Rights Extend to Protect our Employees and Agents These terms and conditions protect Hermes and its employees and agents and we can enforce these terms and conditions on their behalf.
Our Right to Hold onto Your Parcels and Goods if you Owe us Money When you owe us money we are entitled to hold on to your Parcel/Goods and ultimately sell them to recover what is owed to us or destroy them.
Unreasonable Detention
You will be responsible for any costs we incur if you take or keep anything that belongs to us or our Agents.
Proof of Delivery We will have proved that we made a Delivery if we have:
- the Recipient's signature; or
- a neighbour's signature; or
- a drop card if the Parcel has been left in a Safe Place.
Our right to terminate We can terminate a Contract and your Account if you breach any of these conditions, or we suspect you of fraud, or you become insolvent provided that we do not owe you anything at the time under the Contract in question.
Events outside of our Control We will not be responsible if it is your fault or results from something that we can not control.
General This section deals with general matters such as our Privacy Policy and when any notices under a Contract have been delivered.
Information about us This section provides you with our full company name and contact information.

Full terms & conditions

myHermes is a trading name of Hermes Parcelnet Limited ("we" "us" "our")

We accept certain goods for carriage from our customers ("you", "your") subject to these terms and conditions ("Conditions")

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF GOODS FOR CARRIAGE

1. Definitions
1.1 In these Conditions the following words have the following meanings:
1.1.1 "Account" means a myHermes account.
1.1.2 "Address" means the address stated in your Order that we will try to deliver the Parcel to.
1.1.3 "Agent" means a person who acts on another person's behalf.
1.1.4 "Charges" means the charges that you must pay for the Services.
1.1.5 "Claim Form" means our standard claim form.
1.1.6 "Delivered" means delivered to the Recipient at the Address or left with a Neighbour or left in a Safe Place.
1.1.7 "Delivery Estimate" means our estimate of the time within which we will first attempt to deliver your Parcel, which we will give to you when you place your Order.
1.1.8 "Delivery Point" means where the Parcel was Delivered.
1.1.9 "Excluded Items" means Goods that we do accept for carriage but are sent at your own risk and in respect of which we do not accept any liability for Loss or Damage or Late Delivery, including: Excluded Goods.
1.1.10 "Full Cover" means optional enhanced compensation that you may, for a fee, take out when you submit an Order. For details click here.
1.1.11 "Goods" means any goods contained within a Parcel.
1.1.12 "HHT signature" means a signature on a hand held terminal.
1.1.13 "Inadequately Packaged" means not packed or labelled in accordance with our packaging instructions.
1.1.14 "Late Delivery" means when we fail to meet our Delivery Estimate by two days or more.
1.1.15 "Loss or Damage" means loss of or damage to a Parcel or Goods.
1.1.16 "Multiple Accounts" means any Accounts that you operate in contravention of condition 3.5.2.
1.1.17 "Neighbour" means a neighbour of the Address.
1.1.18 "Order" means your order for the Services.
1.1.19 "Parcel" means any package excluding letters (and the Goods contained within it) that you give to us and we carry for you as part of our performance of the Services.
1.1.20 "Parcels that we do not accept for carriage" means any Parcels weighing more than 15kg or which are bigger than the maximum size or volume we accept at the time that you place your Order.
1.1.21 "Prohibited Items" means Goods that we do not accept for carriage, including: Excluded Items.
1.1.22 "Recipient" means the person the Parcel is addressed to or any other person who accepts the Parcel on the Recipient's behalf at the Address.
1.1.23 "Safe Place" means a location which is not an exposed doorstep or otherwise in public view.
1.1.24 "Services" means our carriage of a Parcel to the Address on your behalf.
1.1.25 "Your Return Address" means the address that you give us when you make your Order in case we need to return a Parcel to you.
2. Entering into a contract
2.1 Your Order, payment of the Charges and acceptance of these Conditions is an offer by you to purchase the Services from us.
2.2 We will not have accepted your offer to purchase the Services until we have started to perform them, at which point a non-cancellable contract to provide the Services will be formed on the terms of your Order and these Conditions (a "Contract").
3. Your Responsibilities
3.1 You must not supply to us any:
3.1.1 Prohibited Items; or
3.1.2 Parcels that we do not accept for carriage; or
3.1.3 Goods which are illegal, the carriage of which is illegal, or the supply of which to the Recipient is illegal.
3.2 It is your obligation to ensure that any Parcel that you supply to us is not a Parcel that we do not accept for carriage by weighing it, measuring its dimensions using the guide on our parcel size page.
3.3 It is your responsibility to ensure that you have paid the appropriate Charges for any Parcels that you supply to us.
3.4 You must ensure that:
3.4.1 any Goods that you supply to us are properly packed and labelled in accordance with our packing instructions and any other instructions that we may provide to you before you submit your Order; and
3.4.2 the description of the Goods that you provide to us when you submit your Order is accurate.
3.5 You must not:
3.5.1 abuse any of our staff, subcontractors or agents;
3.5.2 operate more than one Account; or
3.5.3 send any more than 15 Parcels at any one time from a single address unless you agree a higher number with us in advance.
3.6 If you operate Multiple Accounts in contravention of these Conditions then without limiting any other rights or remedies that we may have you must pay to us on an indemnity basis an amount equivalent to any financial benefit you have gained from operating such Multiple Accounts.
4. Delivery notes
4.1 If you require, we, or our Agent, will sign a document prepared by you acknowledging receipt of a Parcel, but this document is not evidence of:
4.1.1 the condition of the Parcel;
4.1.2 its contents;
4.1.3 that it is not a Parcel that we do not accept for carriage;
4.1.4 that it does not contain Excluded Items; and/or
4.1.5 that it does not contain Prohibited Items.
5. Our performance of the services
5.1 We will not start our performance of the Services until you have provided the Parcel to us or we have collected the Parcel from you.
5.2 We may transport the Parcel to the Address by any means.
5.3 If we are unable to deliver the Parcel to the Address then we will make two subsequent attempts to deliver the Parcel to the Address ("Further Attempts").
5.4 If following the Further Attempts we are still unable to deliver the Parcel to the Address, we will contact you for further instructions. We reserve the right to require payment of further Charges should you request that the Parcel is returned to you or that we make a further delivery. If we cannot contact you or you do not respond to our correspondence then we may dispose of the Goods or destroy them. Before we do this we will hold the Goods at your sole risk.
5.5 We will have finished our performance of the Services when we have delivered the Parcel to the Address or when we have made the Further Attempts, whichever is the earlier.
6. Charges
6.1 You agree to pay the correct Charges before you submit your Order.
6.2 If when we perform the Services we have to pay any duty and/or taxes and/or levy or any other unusual expenses on your behalf ("Additional Expenses") then as soon as we notify you of these Additional Expenses you must repay them to us.
6.3 If you breach any of these Conditions (including without limitation the Parcel dimension requirements) then we may charge you reasonable administration charges up to £25 ("Administration Charges"). Imposing Administration Charges does not limit or restrict any other rights or remedies that we may have against you. The Administration Charges are a reasonable estimate of the losses that we may suffer if you breach any of these Conditions and the parties agree that the Administration Charges are not penalties.
6.4 Until you have paid the Additional Expenses and Administration Charges to us, we can retain possession of your Parcel and your Goods. If you fail to repay the Additional Expenses and/ or Administration Charges to us within 7 days of our request for you to do so, we may dispose of or destroy the Goods. Before we do this we will hold the Goods at your sole risk.
6.5 We may increase our Charges and/ or our charges for other services.
7. Our liability to you
7.1 We do not accept liability for Loss or Damage or Late Delivery where:
i the Parcel involved is a Parcel that we do not accept for carriage
ii the Goods or Parcels involved are Prohibited Items; and/or
iii the Goods or Parcels involved are Excluded Items.
7.2 For any other Goods or Parcels we will only be liable to you for Loss or Damage or Late Delivery to the extent that it is caused by our negligence, in which case we will pay compensation to you subject to the limits set out in condition 8 below ("Compensation").
7.3 The Compensation shall be the full extent of our liability to you for Loss or Damage or Late Delivery.
7.4 We will not be liable to you nor pay you any Compensation for Loss or Damage that is caused by:
7.4.1 any latent or inherent defect in or natural deterioration of the Goods;
7.4.2 our failure to honour "package orientation" graphics (e.g. "UP" arrows, or "THIS END UP" markings);
7.4.3 a Parcel being Inadequately Packaged, incorrectly addressed or accompanied by incomplete dispatch or customs documentation;
7.4.4 any kind of fraudulence or dishonesty, including where someone misrepresents his authority to receive a Parcel on the Recipient's or your behalf; or
7.4.5 your failure to pay the correct Charges
7.5 As we cannot test whether any electrical or electronic equipment that you provide to us in a Parcel is functioning properly before we deliver it for you, we do not accept any liability for:
7.5.1 any damage to electrical or electronic equipment; or
7.5.2 any loss of or damage to data on electrical or electronic equipment.
7.6 We will not be liable to you nor pay you any Compensation for Late Delivery which is caused by:
7.6.1 a Parcel being Inadequately Packaged, incorrectly addressed or accompanied by incomplete dispatch or customs documentation;
7.6.2 your failure to pay any duties and taxes; or
7.6.3 customs or other regulatory agencies.
7.7 We will also not be liable to you nor pay you any Compensation for Loss or Damage or Late Delivery if you have breached any of your responsibilities to us.
7.8 We provide a tracking facility to allow you to monitor our performance of the Services at Parcel Tracking. This facility is not part of the Contract and we are under no obligation to provide it. We provide no warranties as to the accuracy of the tracking facility and it is provided on an "as is" basis and for indicative purposes only.
7.9 Nothing in these Conditions affects your statutory rights nor limits or excludes our liability for:
7.9.1 death or personal injury resulting from our negligence;
7.9.2 any damage or liability that you incur as a result of our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
7.9.3 any liability that you incur as a result of our breach of the condition as to title or the warranty as to quiet possession implied by section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.
8. Limits to our liability
8.1 Unless you have taken out our Full Cover, the following limits apply to our liability to you under a Contract:
8.2 Our liability for each instance of Loss or Damage or anything else other than Late Delivery is limited to whichever is lesser of:
8.2.1 £20; or
8.2.2 the cost of repairing the damaged Goods, or the value of the of the lost or damaged Goods (as we shall reasonably determine up to a maximum of the price you paid or were paid for the Goods).
8.3 Our liability for Late Delivery is limited to refunding the Charges.
8.4 When you submit an Order, you may take out our Full Cover. If you do so the limit of our liability to you for Loss or Damage will be varied to whichever is the lesser of:
8.4.1 the level of your Full Cover per Parcel; or
8.4.2 the cost of repairing the damaged Goods, or the value of the lost or damaged Goods, (as we shall reasonably determine up to a maximum of the price you paid or were paid for the Goods).
9. How to make claims for compensation
9.1 You must notify us in writing of any claim for Loss or Damage or Late Delivery within 28 days of the date of the relevant Order. If you fail to do so, we will not be liable to you for it, except where you are able to prove that it was not possible for you to notify us of your claim in writing within this time limit.
9.2 When we receive your claim for Compensation, we may require you to back up your claim by providing us with any relevant information about the relevant Parcel and or Goods including without limitation:
9.2.1 proof of the Parcel's dispatch;
9.2.2 estimates for the repair of the Goods;
9.2.3 proof of the value of the Goods;
9.2.4 the cost price of the Goods and related proof including receipts; and
9.2.5 details of the weight, size, volume and nature of the Goods.
9.3 In the case of alleged Damage, you must ensure that the Parcel, its packaging and the Goods are held for inspection at the Delivery Point.
9.4 We may make any investigations that we think are necessary to check out any claim.
9.5 Any claim for Compensation must be made on a properly completed Claim Form. You must send this Claim Form to us so that we receive it within 14 days of the date that we provided it to you.
10. Your indemnity
10.1 You agree to indemnify us and keep us indemnified against any and all losses, damages, costs and expenses that we incur arising out of or in connection with:
10.1.1 your breach of a Contract;
10.1.2 any Additional Expenses; and
10.1.3 any liability that we incur under Section 30(10) of the VAT Act 1994.
11. Our rights extend to protect our employees and agents
11 You agree to indemnify us and keep us indemnified against any and all losses, damages, costs and expenses that we incur arising out of or in connection with:
12. Our right to hold onto YOUR PARCELS if you owe us money
12.1 If you owe us money we will be entitled to hold onto your Parcel and Goods until you have paid us.
12.2 If you still owe us any money more than 28 days from the date that we let you know that you owed us, we may:
12.2.1 sell your Goods and deduct from the amount that we receive in payment for them the amount that you owe us and the costs of the sale, after which we will let you have any balance remaining; or
12.2.2 destroy your Goods, and if we sell your Goods or destroy them your debt to us will be discharged.
13. Unreasonable detention
If for any reason you detain anything that belongs to us (or to our Agents) then you will be responsible for any costs that we incur as a result, but this shall not affect our rights to claim against any other person.
14. Proof of delivery
14.1 You accept that the following records will be proof that a Parcel has been Delivered:
14.1.1 the Recipient's signature (including HHT signature) for the Parcel if the Parcel has been Delivered to the Address;
14.1.2 a Neighbour's signature (including HHT signature) for the Parcel if the Parcel has been Delivered to a Neighbour; or
14.1.3 a drop card for the Parcel if the Parcel has been left in a Safe Place.
15. Our right to terminate
15.1 We may terminate a Contract and your Account as soon as we give notice to you and not owe you anything if:
15.1.1 you breach any of these Conditions or the conditions of a Contract;
15.1.2 we suspect you of fraud; or
15.1.3 you are or become involved in any kind of insolvency proceedings whatsoever.
16. Events outside of our control
We will not be in breach of our obligations to you under a Contract or liable for any Loss or Damage or Late Delivery or anything else, if it is your fault, or results from something outside of our control, including (but not limited to), bad weather, traffic congestion, mechanical breakdown, obstruction of public or private highways, or industrial action, or the failure of our Agents.
17. General
17.1 We are not a common carrier and we will only provide the Services on these Conditions.
17.2 When you submit your Order you provide your personal information to us. The way we process this personal information is set out in our Privacy Policy. By providing this information to us you confirm that you are happy for us to process your personal information in this way.
17.3 If you are not the owner of some or all of the Goods, you will be deemed to be the Agent of the owner of those Goods.
17.4 We may subcontract the obligations that we owe to you. Our subcontractor will also be entitled to subcontract its obligations.
17.5 We agree that any notice under a Contract must be made in writing. We will assume it has been received two days after the date it was posted. We will also assume that any notice given by fax or electronically shall be deemed to have been received at the beginning of the next working day, so long as a confirmation of sending receipt is received. Notices sent to you will be sent to the address that you give us when you place your Order. Notices to us must be sent for the attention of the Company Secretary to Hermes, Capitol House, 1 Capitol Close, Morley, Leeds, LS27 OWH.
17.6 A Contract does not create any partnership or joint venture between us and you have no right to contract in our name of or make any promises on our behalf.
17.7 If at any time we have a claim against you and do not pursue that claim quickly, that does not mean the claim cannot be pursued when we are ready.
17.8 If a court says that part of a Contract is not enforceable in law that does not mean the rest of it is not.
17.9 When you place an Order and we accept it, neither of us has relied on anything the other has said or done, i.e. the Contract says it all.
17.10 If things go wrong and there is a dispute, English law will apply and the English Courts will have non-exclusive jurisdiction over the dispute.
17.11 Unless we agree in writing you cannot transfer your rights under a Contract to someone else.
17.12 When these Conditions refer to a piece of legislation, they refer to the latest version of it in force.
17.13 A Contract cannot be varied without our written consent. Our subcontractors and Agents are not entitled to vary a Contract.
18. Information about us
18.1 myHermes is the trading name of Hermes Parcelnet Limited a company registered in England with company number 03900782 and VAT number 557145 237.
18.2 To contact us please click here or write to us at Hermes, Capitol House, 1 Capitol Close, Morley, Leeds, LS27 OWH or email us at hermessupport@myhermes.co.uk.