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FAS (Free Alongside Ship)

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Incoterms FAS

FAS is a suitable Incoterms® rule for the transport of bulk and general cargo by water. The seller delivers the goods at the agreed port of departure.

Seller arranges and pays for:

  • Transport up to and including delivery and unloading on quayside or barge at the agreed port of departure.
  • Export formalities and documents.

Buyer arranges and pays for:

  • Transport after delivery on quay or barge at agreed departure port to final location.
  • Loading of goods from quayside or barge onto departing ship.
  • Import formalities and local import documents.

Suitable for:

  • Trade within and outside the EU.
  • Transport of bulk and general cargo by ship.

Not or less suitable for:

  • Container transport, as the goods cannot be checked at the moment of risk transfer.
  • Payment by Letter of Credit or documentary collection.
  • Transport by air, road, or rail.

Transfer of risk from seller to buyer:

  • Once seller delivers goods to quay or barge located adjacent to departing vessel.

Points of attention:

  • Only intended for transport by water.
  • Agree upon the exact location of unloading next to the departing vessel.

Read more about FAS.