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Freight Forwarding, Shipping & Logistics [UPDATED 2022]

Welcome to the TFG freight forwarding, shipping and logistics hub. Moving goods and services from A to B has become complex, as supply chains have grown longer and fragmented. Whether you’re transporting goods, or learning about supply chains, warehousing, transportation and packaging, we’ve got you covered.

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The missing rule The missing Incoterms® rule We have DAP Delivered At Place (not unloaded) and DPU Delivered at Place Unloaded with in both cases the buyer import clearing. Then we have a step beyond DAP with DDP Delivered Duty Paid, with identical delivery but the seller is responsible for import clearance and VAT/GST.
Delivery by rail under DPU Delivery by rail under Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU) With DPU Destination Terminal for railfreight the goods are indeed unloaded from the railcar at the terminal as part of the seller’s contract of carriage.
CPT CIP Are they compatible with how an LC usually works Carriage Paid To (CPT), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP): Are they compatible with Letters of Credit? In CPT/CIP, the seller’s obligation is to deliver the goods to its own carrier on the agreed date or within the agreed period. See my earlier post on delivery for CPT/CIP.

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Shipping Rules Guide

A basic 16 page shipping rules guide, including the latest updates to the Incoterms® 2020 Rules, to be used in conjunction with The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) new book, INCOTERMS® 2020.

This short page guide provides an article by article commentary on the Incoterms® 2020 Rules.

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Freight Forwarding Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use a freight forwarder if I know very little about logistics?

When people are not comfortable about shipping logistics, it is sometimes easier to use a freight forwarder. Their services vary and they can assist in improving efficiency both in relation to cost and time, as they are able to consolidate smaller shipments. They can also assist in your navigation around the rules when considering a voyage that you are not familiar with.

How do I choose a freight forwarder?

It might be important to ask the following questions in this scenario:

Are they a member of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and so covered by freight liability insurance?
Have they worked with clients similar to you and do they have experience with similar products?
Do they work in the same countries you are shipping in?
Are their expertise restricted to a number of countries?
Can they handle multiple transport methods?

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Latest News

17May

Why should the maritime rules not be used for container shipments?

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The usual answer is because delivery occurs, and risk transfers, when the goods leave the seller’s direct control, such as… Read More →

17May

Do we really need such complexity in the Incoterms® 2020 rules?

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Traditionally each rule has repeated all ten of the obligations for each of the seller and buyer. Most of them… Read More →

17May

Delivery for the maritime Icoterms rules – FAS, FOB, CFR, CIF

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For FAS, delivery is when the goods are placed alongside a vessel which must logically be present at that point…. Read More →

21Apr

The missing Incoterms® rule

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We have DAP Delivered At Place (not unloaded) and DPU Delivered at Place Unloaded with in both cases the buyer… Read More →

21Apr

Delivery under the Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) Incoterms® 2020 Rules

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Delivery is identical to that in DAP. The danger of DDP is in the requirement that the SELLER must import… Read More →

21Apr

Delivery by sea (bulk or breakbulk) under DAP/DDP

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Delivery of the goods is “not unloaded” by the seller at the destination place, in this case the port of… Read More →

21Apr

Delivery by road under Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU)

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It would be unusual but possible that delivery by road would be to a terminal for the buyer to then… Read More →

21Apr

Delivery by rail under Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU)

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With DPU Destination Terminal for railfreight the goods are indeed unloaded from the railcar at the terminal as part of… Read More →

22Mar

Delivery by sea (bulk or breakbulk) under DPU

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Delivery of the goods is “unloaded” by the seller at the destination place, in this case the port of discharge…. Read More →

22Mar

Delivery by road under DAP/DDP

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Delivery of the goods is “not unloaded” by the seller at the destination place. It would be unusual that delivery… Read More →

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