28 SCRAP SPECIFICATIONS CIRCULAR 2022 Guidelines for Paper Stock Copyright © 2022 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. Guidelines for Paper Stock: PS-2022 (Reviewed February 3, 2022) Preamble These standards and practices apply to paper stock for re-pulping. Transactions may be modified by mutual agree- ment between Buyer and Seller. Once Buyer and Seller come to an agreement regarding the transaction there will either be a purchase or sales agreement outlining the transaction, terms and conditions which will be used for the signed transactions. This agreement will serve as the “gov- erning document” for the transaction. “Good Faith” Relationship between Buyer-Seller The following principles of “good faith” have been estab- lished: 1. Seller must use due diligence to ascertain that shipments consist of properly packed paper stock and that shipments are made during the period specified. 2. Arbitrary deductions, cancellations and/or rejections by the Buyer are counter to acceptable good trade practices. 3. Seller shall provide the quality of paper stock agreed upon but shall not be responsible for the use of the paper stock or of the manufactured product. I. The Purchase Agreement Each transaction covering the purchase or sale of paper stock shall be confirmed by either a purchase or sales agree- ment which may include the following: 1. Quality Where possible, purchases shall be specified in accor- dance with the grade as defined in the latest paper stock section of the ISRI Scrap Specification Circular. Any deviation from the grade listed in the circular should be otherwise specified and agreed upon by both parties in the purchase or sales agreement. 2. Quantity a. The Buyer and Seller shall establish minimum weights for each load b. The quantity for the purchase or sale of the paper stock shall always be specified in terms of a definite number of short tons of 2000 pounds each or metric tons of 2204.6 pounds each. In addition, the number of loads shall be specified. c. Packing unit type, such as bales, skids, roles, pallets, boxes, securely tied bundles or loose, should be specified in the Agreement. 3. Pricing and Terms Each transaction covering the purchase or sale of paper stock shall be confirmed in writing stating the negotiat- ed price and payment terms agreed to by both the buyer and seller. 4. Shipping Period, Terms and Instructions a. Period shall be understood to be within 30 days of the date of the order unless otherwise specified and sub- sequently agreed to by both buyer and seller. b. Shipping terms shall be indicated by the use of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Incoterms for shipping that can be found in the addendum at the end of the preamble. c. The Shipping instructions for each load should clearly specify shipping schedule routes, carrier and desti- nation. Shipping instructions shall be provided by the buyer at the time of the order. These instructions should also be included on the bill of lading when shipping for export. Information should include doc- umentation, inspection requirements and pictures if required. II. Fulfillment by the Seller The practice of the Seller shall be in accordance with the fol- lowing: 1. Acceptance All orders shall be confirmed. 2. Grading Paper stock which is sold under the grade names appearing in the paper stock section of the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular shall conform to those grading definitions. 3. Packing Each unit must be sufficiently secured to ensure a satis- factory delivery. 4. Tare If agreed to by the Buyer, sides and headers may be used to make a satisfactory delivery of the bales but must not be excessive. The weight of skids, Gaylord boxes and other similar materials shall be deducted from the gross invoice weight. 5. Loading Paper stock shall be loaded as follows: a. Before they are loaded, railcars, trucks, trailers and containers shall be free from objectionable materi- als and odors, and shall have clean sound floors and doors. b. All loads should consist entirely of one grade of paper stock unless otherwise agreed to. When two or more grades are included in the same load, units of each grade should be kept together in a separate part of the railcar, truck, trailer or container. c. Paper stock must be loaded in a manner that will minimize shifting and breakage. Excessive breakage due to improper loading can be cause for a claim or rejection. d. Paper stock shall be loaded in accordance with the customer’s preferred safe loading practices or industry safety best practices such as outlines in the ISRI/AF&PA Shipping Guide for Baled Paper Prod- ucts as a reference.