Seawide Distribution welcomes qualified dealers to apply for an account. Let us show you what we can do for your business.
How to become a dealer
To apply for a Seawide dealership, please fill out the brief form below to start the online application process. This will take you to our online Dealer Application, including the Financial Information and trade references, along with resale documentation (see Sales Tax section of Dealer Information and Terms).
The approval process typically takes 48 hours. However, the required timeframe will depend upon the completeness and accuracy of the information on the application, and also on the promptness of trade reference responses when terms are sought.
All accounts and transactions are subject to our Dealer Information and Terms.
Dealer Information and Terms
Thank you for your interest in opening an account with Seawide Marine Distribution, Inc. ("Seawide").
The Online Dealer Application must be e-signed by a company principal (Owner, Partner, Managing Member, or Corporate Officer). For more information, please call 866-732-9433, ext 5502. Hardcopy applications must also be signed by a company principal and may be scanned and submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or they may be faxed to 949-610-0636. All applications require Financial Information, Trade References, and Resale Documentation.
Seawide will process your application as quickly as possible. The timeframe to establish your account will depend primarily upon the completeness and accuracy of the information on the Dealer Application. The establishment of terms will depend on the timing of receipt of responses from trade references. Trade references are required on all applications.
For new Dealers, following approval, who require an order filled before credit terms are established, if at all, Seawide will ship orders to such new Dealers in an amount up to $5,000, at Seawide's sole discretion, on a COD basis, if paid at delivery by company check, or in a greater amount if shipped on a COD Certified basis if paid at delivery by Certified Funds; or shipment will be made after prepayment, either by certified funds, wire transfer or by credit card. Please indicate initial payment method on the Dealer Application or notify the sales person of the method to be used for payment. If using credit card, a signed "Credit Card Authorization Form" must be completed. If no other designation is made, new accounts, within the USA, will be set up with initial terms of COD until other terms, if any, are established. International orders must be pre-paid by wire transfer.
Once the application process is complete, Seawide will provide notification by fax or e-mail. Nothing contained in this process guarantees that you or the applicant company will be approved as a Dealer, or that credit terms will be offered for purchasing product.
Resale documentation is required for all accounts as part of the set up process to establish eligibility to purchase wholesale; however, Seawide is only required to collect sales tax if your business is located in the states of California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Texas, or Washington, or you do business in, and purchase product for resale in these states. Seawide must have a valid Resale Card/Permit/Certificate or Watercraft Exemption, as applicable, on file before product is released or SEAWIDE MUST CHARGE SALES TAX ON ALL ORDERS SHIPPED TO, DELIVERED TO, OR PICKED-UP, IN THE STATES OF CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, TEXAS, OR WASHINGTON. A completed and signed Resale Card or Watercraft Exemption form, as applicable, is required for CA; a Resale Certificate copy is required for CO; a Resale Certificate copy is required for FL; a completed and signed Resale Certificate is required for NY; a completed and signed Resale Certificate is required for TX; a Resale Permit copy is required for WA. Uniform Sales and Use Tax Certificates - Multijurisdictional Sales Tax forms are accepted as applicable. Evidence of freight forwarder must be provided for CA, FL, NY, TX or WA. Uniform Sales and Use Tax Certificates - Multi-jurisdictional Sales Tax forms - are accepted as applicable. Evidence of freight forwarder must be provided for CA, CO, FL, NY, TX, or WA. A written statement from the freight forwarding company on their letterhead stating that they are exporting product on your company's behalf is sufficient. Accounts awaiting resale documentation, or upon expiration of resale documentation, will be placed on hold until valid resale documentation can be obtained. Dealer/Purchaser is responsible for sales tax on orders processed without valid documentation on file.
All products must be paid for prior to shipment, unless an open account (subject to credit approval) has been established. Payment can be accomplished by having Seawide ship orders on a C.O.D. basis, or pre-payment made by certified funds, or bank transfer, or ACH, or by credit card. Advanced payment by bank transfer is mandatory on all international orders. A “Credit Card Authorization Form” must be completed when using credit card. Payment by credit card will not be accepted on product(s) ordered on net or discounted terms. Third party payments are not accepted.
If an open account is established, and if such account is not paid within established terms, Dealer will be charged interest at a rate of 1.5% per month, or the maximum allowable by law, whichever is less. If an account is not paid pursuant to terms, at Seawide’s sole discretion, credit may be suspended or revoked and/or the Dealer rights terminated.
If collection action is necessary, Dealer agrees to pay all costs of collection, including legal fees and court costs.
All returned checks will be subject to a $25.00 processing fee and any returned check may result in cancellation of credit terms, and/or Dealer rights.
Seawide does not provide any warranty as to any product sold. Products may include a manufacturer’s warranty, which is the only warranty provided. Any items returned to Seawide, pursuant to any manufacturer’s warranty, may be replaced, repaired, or credited at Seawide’s sole discretion. Items that are returned under a warranty, and are found to perform to manufacturer’s specifications, will be returned to Dealer and subject to a service charge. Seawide Marine is not responsible for freight on any warranty items.
Seawide, subject to specific conditions, has a 30 day return policy. All items to be returned must meet the following conditions:
A- A prior authorization from Seawide is required. Contact Seawide for an RMA at RMA@seawide.com.
B- Any item being returned must be in new, complete, and sellable condition, and must be in its original container.
C- A copy of Seawide’s original invoice must be included with any return.
D- Special order items are non-returnable except at Seawide’s sole discretion. Special order items accepted for return are subject to a 30% restocking fee.
Seawide Marine is not responsible for freight on any return, unless prior authorization, in writing, is given when the RMA is obtained.
SHIPPING AND HANDLING
All costs of shipping, including freight, handling and insurance, are the Dealer’s responsibility. Such charges will be based upon common carrier rates. All packages shipped UPS, will be shipped without insurance, unless specified at the time of purchase, or noted on the P.O. Any product shipped without insurance will be at Dealer’s risk of loss. Seawide Marine uses FedEx, UPS, USPS, and assorted trucking companies. It is Dealer’s responsibility to refuse to accept any item that arrives damaged. Seawide, at its sole discretion, will determine whether Seawide or Dealer is responsible for filing a claim with the appropriate carrier for any lost or damaged items.
Seawide will drop-ship items to any address via FEDEX, UPS, or USPS. Drop-shipments will only be made on a pre-payment basis, paid prior to shipping, unless Dealer has open terms and Dealer’s account is in good standing. No drop shipments will be made on COD terms.
In the event that Seawide should provide any drop-shipping services, sales tax on the retail price will be added, unless Dealer provides documentation that such shipment is exempt, in which case Dealer will indemnify and hold Seawide harmless if it is later determined that such shipment was taxable under state law.
Some of Seawide’s Manufacturers have a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) for some products. Dealers must adhere to any stated MAP pricing, which means that a Dealer may not advertise any MAP item for less than the MAP price. This policy applies to all forms of advertising, including: mailings, catalogs, displays at Dealer exhibitions and shows, and any and all other use of any advertising media, including, but not limited to, the Internet or any other electronic network. Failure to follow the Manufacturer’s MAP policy may result in termination of dealership rights.
Some of Seawide's Manufacturers have a Minimum Retail Price (MRP) for some products. Dealers must adhere to any stated MRP pricing, which means that a Dealer may not sell any MRP item for less than the MRP price. Failure to adhere to a Manufacturer's MRP policy may result in termination of dealership rights.
Orders for any item not stocked by Seawide are subject to inbound freight charges. The delivery schedule of special order items is dependent on the manufacturer's availability and cannot be guaranteed.
Thank you for choosing Seawide Marine Distribution to fill your marine electronic needs.