Delivered At Place (DAP) Shipping Incoterm (2023)

Part of the Comprehensive Incoterms Guide


  1. What is DAP Shipping

  2. DAP Freight Tips And Tricks

  3. DAP Costs & Prices

  4. DAP Shipping Cost Calculator

  5. DAP vs DDP Incoterms

What Is DAP In Shipping?

For DAP (Delivered At Place) shipping, the seller arranges the entire shipment, except import customs.

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Where Is The Named Place For Handing Over Responsibility From The Seller To The Buyer?

The seller continues responsibility and risk into the import country, usually to the buyer’s preferred warehouse (their own, FBA warehouse, the forwarder’s warehouse, etc). However, as for FCA, the named place may be also be the terminal.

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What Does The ICC Say?

Recommended for containerized freight.

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Is This A Good Choice?

This is probably not a convenient arrangement, as the seller is usually in a much poorer position than the buyer for arranging tasks in the import country.

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DAP Freight Tips And Tricks

  • All tips and tricks for DAT also apply for DAP, excepting the first – responsible for unloading.
  • For DAT the seller is responsible for unloading. For DAP the buyer is responsible for unloading.
  • If the terminal is selected as the named place, DAP is exactly the same as DAT, excepting the seller pays for unloading.

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DAP Cost and Prices

When shipping under the DAP incoterm,  sellers are responsible for all costs with the delivery of goods to the final destination. This applies to sea and air freight, and ground transport.

Some additional charges that need to be considered are freight insurance, customs, duties, and taxes, and any costs associated with unloading cargo at the final destination.

DAP replaced DAF, DES, and DDU incoterms.

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DAP Shipping Cost Calculator

You can use our freight rate calculator to help you decide how different incoterms will impact your freight cost. For example, when shipping EXW, you’ll be responsible for the added cost of getting your goods from your supplier to the seaport or airport. Simply choose container, box, or pallet shipping, enter your dimensions and weight, and you’ll get an instant estimate of freight shipping costs.



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DAP vs DDP Incoterms

Incoterms can get confusing, especially when the letter terms are so similar. Take for example DAP and DDP. These incoterms are easy to mix up but they are distinct. With DDP,  buyers are responsible for unloading and sellers are responsible for everything else including packing, labeling, transport, customs, duties, and taxes. When shipping under the DAP incoterm, buyers are responsible for unloading, as well as customs clearance, duties, and taxes.

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