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Delivery of the goods is “unloaded” by the seller at the destination place, in this case the port of discharge. That means that the seller needs to be able to unload the vessel at its own risk and cost. If the vessel has its own cranes to unload the vessel, then unloading is usually included in the charter party contract at the seller’s expense.

If the buyer has a delay in completing customs clearance or there are other reasons causing the seller to take longer than agreed to unload the vessel, ideally there will be clauses in the sales contract dealing with the additional vessel and port costs.

This is essentially the old DEQ of pre-Incoterms 2010.


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