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FCA (Free Carrier)

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FCA is an incoterm suitable for containerized ocean shipments.

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What is FCA?

FCA (Free Carrier) is an incoterm) that requires the seller to clear the goods for export, and to either: deliver the goods to the buyer at the seller’s premises, or deliver the goods to the buyer at another named place. When using the FCA incoterm, the point at which the seller is delivering the goods to the buyer must be named: e.g. “FCA, Name of Origin CFS .”

FCA can be used for all modes of transport, including LCL (Less than Container Load) , FCL, and air.

If the seller is delivering the goods to the buyer at the seller’s premises, the seller is responsible for the cost and risk of loading the cargo onto the buyer’s provided transport.

If the seller is delivering the goods to the buyer at another named location, like a CFS (Container Freight Station) or Container Yard , the seller is responsible for making the goods ready for unloading, but not unloading the goods at the destination point.

*It is ultimately up to the buyer and the seller to agree on each party's responsibility of cost and risk before the shipment begins. *


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Related Help Articles

A Quick Guide to Incoterms

Why Should You Ship Under FCA Incoterms?

Related Glossary Terms

CFS (Container Freight Station)

Container Yard

LCL (Less than Container Load)

Resources

Incoterms Rules - International Chamber of Commerce

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