What Is the Seller Responsible for Under the DPU Incoterm?
Under an agreement using the DPU Incoterm, the seller pays all the transportation costs associated with moving the specified goods to the destination agreed to in the contract, including the unloading of the goods. That includes packing the goods, paying a carrier to move the shipment, and delivering it unloaded to the named place.
How is DPU different from DAP?
Although both Incoterms require the seller to pay for all the costs for moving goods to a named place, only DPU requires the seller to pay for the unloading of the goods. Additionally, under DPU, the risk doesn’t transfer from seller to buyer until those goods are unloaded. When using the DAP Incoterm, the risk transfers from seller to buyer when it arrives at the named place. In other words, if the goods are damaged during the unloading, under the DPU Incoterm, the seller will be responsible for making it right.
How does DPU compare to the 2010 Incoterm DAT?
In 2020, the ICC replaced DAT (Delivered at Terminal) with DPU. Their intention was to offer more flexibility, so that a place could be named as the destination, not just a terminal. Additionally, to differentiate this new Incoterm from DAP and clarify responsibility for the unloading, the Incoterm was given the name Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU).
What Is the Buyer Responsible for Under the DPU Incoterm?
In a contract using the DPU Incoterm, the buyer is only responsible for any import costs, such as taxes, duties, and customs procedures.
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