FCA-A is an Incoterms® rule for full container loads and is suitable for all forms of transport. Seller makes the goods available for collection at an agreed place, often a business premises.
Seller arranges and pays for:
- Makes goods available for collection at the agreed location (often own premises).
- Loading of goods into buyer’s vehicle at the agreed location.
- Export formalities and documents.
Buyer arranges and pays for:
- transport from the agreed location to final destination.
- import formalities and local import documents.
- Trade within and outside the EU.
- Full container loads.
- All forms of transport (rail, air, road, water).
Not or less suitable for:
- Payment via Letter of Credit or documentary collection.
Transfer of risk from seller to buyer:
- After seller loads goods on buyer’s means of transport at the agreed location.
Points of attention:
- At buyer’s request, the shipping company can issue an ‘on-board Bill of Lading’ to seller so that payment via Letter of Credit or documentary collection is more feasible.
- FCA is a suitable alternative to EXW.
- Agree upon an exact location (e.g. factory, warehouse, or seller premises), including an address.