The FCA Incoterm or “Free Carrier” states that the seller must deliver the goods, ready for export, to the buyer’s chosen carrier at an agreed-upon location. This location can be a particular port or a carriers hub. Under the FCA Incoterm, the seller is responsible for all costs and risks until the goods are loaded onto the agreed-upon carrier. After this point, the buyer becomes responsible for the costs and risks involved with delivery of the goods.
In summary, the seller must deliver the goods cleared for export to the carriers location specified by the buyer in the sales contract.
The FCA Incoterm is versatile and can be used regardless of the mode of transport.
Delivery of goods and documents required
Packaging and wrapping
Inland transportation in the country of origin
Customs at origin
Cost of the goods
Customs upon arrival
Inland transportation in the destination country
Payment of fees
If you still don’t know if the FCA Incoterm is the right one for your ocean freight shipment, you may give our article on how to choose a safe and competitive incoterm a read. Or, if you prefer, you may give us a call. Our import and export agents will be happy to advice you.