Incoterms® 2020 Update
The Incoterms 2020 update is in and the rules have been updated for 2020. These are the regulations that define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers operating in international trade.
Incoterms rules are used to determine how freight costs and risks are allocated to each party involved.
The rules are regularly incorporated into contracts for the sale of goods worldwide and have become part of the daily language of trade.
What’s New for Incoterms in 2020
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched the Incoterms 2020 update that contains the rules for use of the 11 trade rules.
It considers the latest developments in commercial practice and updates the rules to make them more accessible and easier to use.
The new rules became effective on 1 January 2020. As of this date, all sales contracts should make reference to the Incoterms® 2020 rules as the latest version of the Incoterms.
Incoterms 2020 Compared to Incoterms 2010:
- The Incoterms FCA (Free Carrier) now provides the additional option to make an onboard notation on the Bill of Lading prior to loading the goods on a vessel.
- The costs now appear centralized in A9/B9 of each Incoterms® rule.
- CIP now requires at least insurance with the minimum cover of the Institute Cargo Clause (A) (All risk, subject to itemized exclusions).
- CIF requires at least insurance with the minimum cover of the Institute Cargo Clause (C) (Number of listed risks, subject to itemized exclusions).
- The rules Free Carrier (FCA), Delivered at Place (DAP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), and Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) now take into account that the goods may be carried without any third-party carrier being engaged, namely by using its own means of transportation.
- The rule Delivered at Terminal (DAT) has been changed to Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU) to clarify that the place of destination could be any place and not only a “terminal”.
- Incoterms® 2020 now explicitly shifts the responsibility of security-related requirements and ancillary costs to the seller.
Additional Incoterms Information
Incoterms 2020 does not constitute a complete contract of sale, but rather becomes a part of it. For its application, the following structure should be used:
“[The chosen Incoterm® rule] [Named port, place or point] Incoterms® 2020”
Example: “CIF Shanghai Incoterms® 2020” or “DAP 10 Downing Street, London, Great Britain Incoterms® 2020“.
If there is no year stated in the Incoterms then the following applies:
**Until December 31st, 2019 the Incoterms® 2010 apply.
**From January 1st, 2020 the Incoterms® 2020 apply.
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