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FCA-A (Free Carrier - A)

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Incoterms FCA-A

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.

Suitable for:

  • 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.

Read more about FCA-A.