Paris, FRANCE, 10 September 2019
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) releases Incoterms® 2020
The Incoterms® rules were first introduced by ICC in 1936 to establish commonly accepted defintions and rules to related to the sale of goods between trading parners worldwide. Since then, ICC has periodically revised the Incoterms® rules to reflect changes in the international trade system.
More accessible and easier to use, Incoterms® 2020 includes more detailed explanatory notes with enhanced graphics to illustrate the responsibilities of importers and exporters for each Incoterms® rule.
The introduction to Incoterms® 2020 also includes a more detailed explanation on how to choose the most appropriate Incoterms® rule for a given transaction, or how a sales contract interacts with ancillay contracts.
- Incoterms® 2020 provides for demonstrated market need in relation to bills of landing (BL) with an on-board notation and the Free Carrier (FCA) Incoterms®
- Incoterms® 2020 aligns different levels of insurance coverage in Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) and Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).
- Incoterms® 2020 includes arrangements for carriage with own means of transport in FCA, Delivery at Place (DAP), Delivery at Place Unloaded (DPU), and Delivered Duty Paid (DDP).
- There is a change in the three-letter name for Delivered at Termnial (DAT) to DPU.
- Incoterms® 2020 includes security-related requirements within carriage obligations and costs.
On the release of Incoterms® 2020, ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said:
“Incoterms® 2020 rules make business work for everyone by facilitating trillions of dollars in global trade annually. Because they help importers and exporters around the world to understand their responsibilites and avoid costly misunderstandings, the rules form the language of international sales transactions, and help build confidence in our valuable global trading system.”
In line with ICC’s commitment to make technology work for all, access to essential information of the rules will be made easier than ever via a dedicated Incoterms® 2020 mobile application, which includes a wide variety of informative features, including latest news updates, event information and training opportunities.
Incoterms® 2020 is available for purchase through ICC’s e-commerce platform — https://2go.iccwbo.org/. ICC’s worldwide network of offices will be offering translated versions of the Incoterms® rules, as well as training sessions, to benefit the understanding of users around the world. The ICC Academy also offers the only online certification prgoramme officially authorised by the world business organization.
About The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organization representing more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.