Incoterms DDP: Delivered Duty Paid

Named Place Required: Place of Destination

Applies to:       Air   Ground   Rail   Sea and inland waterway

Incoterms DDP Shipping
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Under the Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) Incoterm rules, the seller assumes all responsibilities and costs for delivering the goods to the named place of destination. The seller must pay both export and import formalities, fees, duties and taxes.

The seller is not obligated to insure the goods for pre-carriage or main carriage.

The buyer is free of any risk or cost until the goods are unloaded from the vehicle at the named place of destination, usually the buyer’s place of business.

DDP is the only Incoterms rule that places responsibility for import clearance and payment of taxes and/or import duty on the seller.

These last requirements can be problematic for the seller. In countries with complex or bureaucratic import clearance procedures a seller with local knowledge may prefer to take on these responsibilities.

light bulb   The seller is responsible for all costs and risk until the goods are unloaded.


DDP Incoterm Obligations

Seller’s Obligations

  • Goods, commercial invoice and documentation
  • Export packaging and marking
  • Export licenses and customs formalities
  • Pre-carriage and delivery
  • Loading charges
  • Main carriage
  • Proof of delivery
  • Import formalities and duties
  • Cost of all inspections
  • Delivery to named place of destination

Buyer’s Obligations

  • Payment for goods as specified in sales contract
  • Assist seller in obtaining any documents or information necessary for export or import clearance formalities

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