Delivery of the goods is “not unloaded” by the seller at the destination place, in this case the port of discharge. That means that the buyer needs to be able to unload the vessel at its own risk and cost.
If the buyer has a delay in completing customs clearance or takes longer than agreed to unload the vessel, ideally there will be clauses in the sales contract dealing with the additional vessel and port costs.
If the vessel has its own cranes to unload the vessel, and unloading is included in the charter party contract at the seller’s expense, the transaction would be Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU) not Delivery at Place (DAP).
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