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Bank Agreement

Commercial Entity Agreements For Processing of Card Transactions

This Commercial Entity User Agreement for Card Processing Services (“Commercial Entity Agreement” or “CEA”) is provided to all “Commercial Entities” or the equivalent under Association Rules (defined below) and that require a merchant account. (Each such entity or person receiving this document is hereby referred to as “Merchant”). This CEA constitutes Merchant’s separate legally binding contract for card processing between (1) Merchant, as a Commercial Entity; and (2) Member (which is Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). Member may terminate its provision of card processing services and enforce or rely on any term or provision of the Merchant’s Braintree Payment Services Agreement (“PSA”), all of which Member considers relevant are incorporated in this CEA by reference read as if references to Braintree are references to Member (and which will specifically include Intellectual Property, Data Security and Confidentiality). In this CEA “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Member. Any reference to the PSA shall mean the Braintree Payment Services Agreement made between Merchant and Braintree.

By accepting the Commercial Entity Agreement, Merchant agrees to the terms and conditions of this CEA and any documents incorporated by reference. Merchant further agrees that this CEA forms a legally binding contract between Merchant and Member. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by Member. Descriptions of material amendments to this CEA will be provided as applicable. Any capitalised terms used in this CEA and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings set forth in the PSA.

1. Association Rules

  • A. Deposit Transactions. Merchant agrees that it shall only submit card transactions that directly result from bona fide cardholder transactions with that Merchant. Merchant agrees that it will not submit a transaction until Merchant: (i) obtains an authorisation, (ii) completes the transaction, and either: (iii) ships or provides goods, (iv) performs the purchased service, or (v) obtains the cardholder's consent for a recurring transaction.
  • B. Anti Money Laundering. Merchant agrees that it shall not submit a transaction that does not result from a purchase of goods or services between the cardholder and Merchant.
  • C. Split Transactions. Split sales transactions are not allowed. Specifically, Merchant agrees that it will not use two or more sales transaction receipts for a single transaction to avoid or circumvent authorisation limits, or monitoring programs.
  • D. Minimum or Maximum. Merchant agrees that it shall not set minimum or maximum transaction amounts as a condition of honouring Visa and Mastercard cards.
  • E. Surcharges. Merchant is permitted to impose a surcharge on card transactions, provided that (i) the surcharge is clearly disclosed to the customer before the transaction is completed; (ii) the customer is given the opportunity to cancel the transaction without incurring any cost; (iii) the amount of the surcharge does not exceed the Merchant's reasonable costs of card acceptance and is not greater than the Merchant’s Service Fee rate;(iv) the surcharge is applied on a flat rate or percentage basis; (v) the surcharge does not include the cost of accepting any non Visa or Mastercard transaction; (vi) the surcharge amount is clearly disclosed on the transaction receipt; (vii) the surcharge must be charged by the Merchant that supplies the goods or services; (viii) the surcharge will not differ between issuers; (ix) the surcharge is added to the transaction amount and not collected separately; (x) the Merchant does not describe the surcharge as, or inform the cardholder that the surcharge is, assessed by Visa, Mastercard or a Financial Institution, (xi) Merchant agrees that it will not impose surcharges on debit card transactions. (xii) the Merchant must register with Braintree prior to implementing surcharging functionality.
  • F. Visa and Mastercard Marks. Merchant is authorised to use the Visa and Mastercard logos or marks only on Merchant's promotional materials and website to indicate that Visa and Mastercard cards are accepted as payment for the Merchant goods and services. Merchant agrees that it shall not use the logos and marks either directly or indirectly, to imply that Visa or Mastercard endorses Merchant's goods or services; nor may Merchant refer to Visa or Mastercard when stating eligibility requirements for purchasing its products, services, or memberships.
  • G. Credit Vouchers. Credit vouchers may not be submitted for non-credit transactions. Merchant agrees that it shall not: (i) accept a payment from a card holder for the purpose of depositing funds to the cardholder's Account, or (ii) process a credit transaction without having completed a previous debit transaction with the same cardholder.
  • H. Cash Disbursements. Merchant agrees that if it sells travelers cheques or foreign currency that Disbursements shall be limited to the value of cheques, Visa Travel Money, or currency sold in a single transaction, plus any applicable commissions. Merchant agrees that under no circumstances shall a Visa or Mastercard transaction represent collection of a dishonoured cheque.
  • I. Authorisation Requirements. Merchant agrees to obtain an authorisation for all transaction amounts.
  • J. Discrimination. Merchant agrees that it shall not engage in any acceptance practice that discriminates against or discourages the use of Visa or Mastercard in favour of any other acceptance brand.
  • K. Present Transactions within 30 Business Days. Merchant agrees that a debit transaction shall not be presented until after the goods are shipped, or services provided, unless, at the time of the transaction, the cardholder agrees to a properly disclosed delayed delivery of the goods or services. Merchant agrees that when it receives authorisation for delayed presentment, the words “Delayed Presentment” or something substantially similar must be disclosed to the cardholder.
  • L. Fraudulent or Unauthorised Use of Account Information Prohibited. Merchant agrees that it shall not request or use Visa or Mastercard Account number information for any purpose that it knows or should have known to be fraudulent or in violation of Visa and Mastercard standards, Association Rules, the PSA, or this CEA, or for any purpose that the cardholder did not authorise.
  • M. Merchant Identification. Merchant agrees to prominently and unequivocally inform the cardholder of the identity of the Merchant at all points of interaction so that the cardholder readily can identify the transaction.

2. Card Associations Visa Europe Ltd, Visa U.S.A., Inc. and Visa International ("Visa") and Mastercard International Incorporated ("Mastercard") (the "Associations") have developed rules and regulations (the "Association Rules") that govern their member banks and merchants in the procedures, responsibilities and allocation of risk for payments made through the Associations. By accepting this CEA, Merchant is agreeing to comply with all such Association Rules. Member may terminate its provision of card processing services and enforce or rely on any term or provision of the Association Rules, and to the extent such Association Rules are required to be incorporated into this CEA by the Association Rules or that Member considers are relevant, the Association Rules are incorporated in this CEA by reference.

3. Merchant's Refund Policy must be on Merchant's Website. If Merchant limits refund/exchange terms or other specific conditions for Card sales, Merchant's policy must be clearly provided to the cardholder prior to the sale and as part of your sale confirmation process. Proper disclosure would include wording that is prominently displayed and states "No refund, exchange only", or something substantially similar and includes any special terms. Note: qualifying your refund or exchange terms does not completely eliminate your liability for a refund because consumer protection laws and Association Rules frequently allow the cardholder to still dispute these items. In particular, by implementing Directive 97/7/EC many European Union member states will have distance selling regulations which allow a consumer to cancel its contract with the Merchant within a defined period and receive a refund.

4. Settlement of Transactions. Member shall pay to Merchant's nominated account the full amount of all valid and acceptable sales, refund and cash transactions (with any chargebacks) processed by Merchant in the applicable currency, which shall be New Zealand dollars unless Member agrees otherwise.

5. Fees. Merchant authorizes the Member to debit from the Merchant’s nominated account the following amounts:

  • (a) all fees, charges and costs due to Braintree or the Member in connection with card processing services;
  • (b) any outstanding amount arising from a refund transaction which the Member has paid to the Merchant, but which was not a valid or acceptable transaction;
  • (c) all over-credits paid by the Member on sales and cash transactions due to errors or omissions;
  • (d) all credits paid by the Member on sales and cash transactions which the Member has determined to chargeback under clause 6;
  • (e) all taxes, any stamp duties and other government charges levied on the services Braintree or the Member supply and this agreement;
  • (f) any amounts found to be due to the Member during an audit or check by the Member;
  • (g) all fines, fees or costs (however described) imposed on the Member (directly or indirectly, including through payments processing agents or contractors) by any card scheme or card scheme rules because of the Merchant’s conduct, including, without limitation:
    • (i) where the Merchant’s conduct results in transactions that are viewed by a card scheme as being illegal or brand damaging; or
    • (ii) where the Merchant’s conduct results in an unacceptable rate of chargebacks (an unacceptable rate of chargebacks includes one which is declared by any card scheme unacceptable under card scheme rules or relevant law); or
    • (iii) because the Merchant failed to comply with the data security standards as required by this agreement; and
  • (h) all fees, charges, costs (including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis), and expenses of any description incurred by the Member, whether directly or indirectly, for recovery of outstanding debts owed by the Merchant to the Member, for processing of chargebacks by the Member, or otherwise in connection with this agreement; and
  • (i) all other amounts the Merchant owes to the Member under this agreement.

6. Chargebacks. Merchant shall use all reasonable methods to resolve disputes with Merchant's customers. Should a chargeback dispute occur, Merchant shall promptly comply with all requests for information from BNZ. Merchant shall not attempt to recharge a customer for an item that has been charged back, unless the customer has authorized such actions. Merchant is liable for all chargebacks that are resolved in favor of the customer, and agrees that we may debit any such chargebacks from Merchant’s settlement funds or any other account that Merchant holds with us.

7. Term and Termination. This CEA is effective upon the date Merchant accepts the terms and conditions set out herein and continues so long as Merchant uses the Braintree Service (“Services”) or until terminated by Merchant or Member, provided that those terms which by their nature are intended to survive termination (including without limitation, indemnification and chargeback obligations and limitations of liability) shall so survive termination. This CEA may be terminated by Member at any time based on a breach of any of Merchant’s obligations hereunder or for any other reason that Member or Processor deem exceptional.

This CEA will terminate automatically upon any termination of Merchant’s PSA.

8. Indemnification. Merchant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold Member harmless from and against all losses, liabilities, damages and expenses (including legal fees, collection costs, any fines or other penalties imposed on Member by the Associations) which the Member and/or its affiliates or agents may suffer or incur arising from any breach of any warranty, covenant or misrepresentation by Merchant under this CEA, or arising as a result of any negligent or tortious conduct by Merchant or Merchant’s employees or agents, in connection with Card transactions or otherwise arising from Merchant’s provision of goods and services to cardholders or from any contravention of any legal requirements.

9. Arbitration. Any dispute with respect to this CEA between Merchant and Member, including a dispute as to the validity or existence of this CEA and/or this clause, shall be resolved by arbitration in Wellington, New Zealand, conducted in English by a single arbitrator under the Arbitration Act 1996. The parties agree to waive any right of appeal against the arbitration award. In the event of a failure by the parties to agree on the sole arbitrator within 30 days of one party calling upon the other to do so, one shall be appointed by the President of the New Zealand Law Society (or his/her nominee) at the request of either party.

10. Assignment/Amendments. This CEA may not be assigned by Merchant without the prior written consent of Member. Member may assign their rights under this CEA without Merchant’s consent and subject to the Association Rules. This CEA may be amended by Member as provided under the PSA (as if references in the Amendments clause to "this Agreement" were to "this CEA"), and otherwise shall not be modified in any respect without the express written agreement of the Member.

11. Warranty disclaimer. This CEA is a service agreement. We disclaim all representations or warranties, express or implied, made to Merchant or any other person, including without limitation, any warranties regarding quality, suitability, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or otherwise of any services or any goods provided incidental to the services provided under this CEA to the extent permitted by law.

12. Logo Usage. In using each other’s logos and other trademarks, each agrees to follow the guidelines prescribed by the other, as notified by the parties to each other from time to time.

13. Limitation of Liability. Notwithstanding anything in this CEA to the contrary, in no event shall the parties hereunder, or their affiliates or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents or subcontractors, be liable under any theory of tort, contract, strict liability or other legal theory for lost profits, lost revenues, lost business opportunities, exemplary, punitive, special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages, each of which is hereby excluded by agreement of the parties, regardless of whether such damages were foreseeable or whether any party or any entity has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Notwithstanding anything in this CEA to the contrary, in no event shall we be liable or responsible for any delays or errors in our performance of the services caused by our service providers or other parties or events outside of our reasonable control, including Braintree. Notwithstanding anything in this CEA to the contrary, the parties' cumulative liability for all losses, claims, suits, controversies, breaches or damages for any cause whatsoever (including, but not limited to, those arising out of or related to this CEA) and regardless of the form of action or legal theory and whether or not arising in contract or tort (excluding negligence and wilful misconduct) shall not exceed the total volume of all transactions, expressed as a N.Z. dollar amount, processed under this CEA. Nothing in this CEA shall exclude or limit any liability of any party for death or personal injury caused by negligence or fraud, deceit or fraudulent misrepresentation, howsoever caused.

14. Enforceability. No term of this CEA shall be enforceable by a third party and in particular a person who is not a party to this CEA has no rights under the Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 to enforce or enjoy any of the benefits of this CEA (being a person other than the parties and their permitted successors and assignees).

15. Governing Law. Governing law with respect to this CEA shall be the laws of New Zealand. Each party hereby submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand.

16. Waiver. The failure of a party to assert any of its rights under this CEA, including, but not limited to, the right to terminate this CEA in the event of breach or default by the other party, will not be deemed to constitute a waiver by that party of its right to enforce each and every provision of this CEA in accordance with its terms.

17. Relationship between the Parties; No Partnership or Agency; Independent Contractors. No agency, partnership, joint venture or employment relationship is created between Merchant and Member by way of this CEA. In the performance of their respective obligations hereunder, the parties are, and will be, independent contractors. Nothing in this CEA will be construed to constitute either party as the agent for the other for any purpose whatsoever. Neither party will bind, or attempt to bind, the other party to any contract or the performance of any obligation, and neither party will represent to any third party that it has any right to enter into any binding obligation on the other party's behalf.

18. No Illegal Use of Services. Merchant will not access and/or utilise the Services for illegal purposes and will not interfere or disrupt networks connected with the Services.

19. Personal information and privacy. Member may collect personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act 2020) for the purpose of providing Merchant with the services to be provided by Member under this agreement, managing and administering services and for identifying Merchant and protecting or investigating any fraud or crime or suspected fraud or crime. If Merchant does not provide personal information to us where we require it, Member may not be able to provide the services or to effectively manage or administer the services. Member may collect Merchant's personal information directly from Merchant, or from Braintree or from other sources where legal to do so. Member may disclose your personal information to Braintree and to third parties service providers engaged by Member in connection with providing, managing or administering the service, including where disclosure is required to comply with anti-money laundering laws and regulations (for example to any regulator or government department). Member's privacy policy, available at contains information about how you can access your personal information held by Member, how Merchant can correct information held by Member and how to make a complaint about a privacy issue.

20. Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this CEA will be interpreted in such a manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision hereof will be prohibited by or determined to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision will be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or the remaining provisions of this CEA

21. Association Disclosure; Member Bank information: Member, Bank of New Zealand Limited, may be contacted by mail at: Level 4, 80 Queen Street, Auckland.

22. Important Member Bank Responsibilities:

  • A. Member, and not Braintree, is the entity approved to extend acceptance of Association products directly to you.
  • B. Member must be principle of this CEA.
  • C. Member is responsible for education you on pertinent Visa and MasterCard Rules with which you must comply. Braintree will provide you this information.
  • D. Subject to Section 4 of this CEA, Member is responsible for and must provide settlement funds to you.
  • E. Member is responsible for all the settlement funds prior to funding you (or Braintree as your agent).

23. Important Merchant Responsibilities:

  • A. Ensure compliance with cardholder data security and storage requirements.
  • B. Maintain fraud and chargebacks below Association thresholds.
  • C. Review and understand the terms of this CEA.
  • D. Comply with Visa and MasterCard rules.

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