What is Delivered At Place (DAP) Shipping Incoterm?

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DAP In Plain English

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

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.

What Does The ICC Say?

Recommended for containerized freight.

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.

DAP 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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