Incoterms Rules: FCA Free Carrier

FCA - Free Carrier - Incoterms®

FCA - Free Carrier - What is the meaning of FCA shipping term? With the FCA Incoterm, the seller is only responsible for delivery to the named place. The Seller is responsible for loading. Risk and cost are transfered to the buyer as soon as delivery takes place to the named place. Unloading under the FCA Incoterm is the responsibility of the buyer. 

Graph depicting Incoterm FCA responsibilities

Using the shipping term Free Carrier (FCA), the seller must take responsibility for the export clearance. In addition, using the FCA shipping term, the seller is also responsible for delivery to the carrier at the named place. 

Did you know? Using the FCA shipping term, the seller, in addition to export customs formalities, is responsible for loading the goods when the seller’s place of business is the named place of delivery, unless a different decision has been agreed upon.

With all incoterms it is important to understand the obligations of both the buyer and seller. There are eleven incoterms covering international shipments, are you aware of all the different options? If you need shipment support, please reach out to the team!

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