- FCA Incoterms
FCA – Free Carrier – named place. It is important to note that this incoterm can be used for any mode of transportation.
While it is my opinion that no single incoterm is better than another, this particular incoterm allows for a great deal of flexibility as it can be used for either airfreight or seafreight shipments. In order for this incoterm to be used correctly the shipper or consignee must state a named place, i.e. Free Carrier – freight forwarders facility Los Angeles, California. Free Carrier can also technically be stated FCA – shipper’s facility. In this scenario the only difference between FCA and EXW would be that the shipper would be responsible for loading the cargo onto a truck at the dock.
Under the terms of FCA, the seller must deliver the goods to a carrier nominated by the buyer at a specified named place. The seller fulfills his obligation to deliver when he has handed over the goods, cleared for export, into the charge of the carrier named by the buyer at the named place or point.
Payment Responsibilities Outlined Below:
1. Warehouse storage at point of origin
2. Warehouse labor at point of origin
3. Export packing
4. Loading at point of origin
1. Inland freight
2. Port of receiving charges
3. Forwarder’s fee
4. Loading on ocean carrier/airline
5. Ocean/air freight charges
6. Charges in foreign airport/port
7. Customs duties and taxes abroad
8. Delivery charges to final destination
This interpretation is provided as a guide only.
Incoterms are published by the International Chamber of Commerce and are available on their website and official publication “Incoterms 2000”. For a complete and official overview please refer to the ICC’s publication.