FCA Free Carrier
In Incoterms FCA the seller fulfils 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. If no precise point is indicated by the buyer, the seller may choose within the place or range stipulated where the carrier shall take the goods into his charge. When, according to commercial practice, the seller´s assistance is required in making the contract with the carrier (such as in rail or air transport) the seller may act at buyer´s risk and expense. When the goods are transported in containers and the place of delivery is the port of shipment, Incoterms rules advised to use FCA instead of FOB, because the containers are delivered regularly in the port’s container terminal and not loaded onto the ship. FCA is one of the most used Incoterms in international trade and will probably replace EXW for the majority of sales where the seller delivers the goods in its own country and does not want to manage international logistics. This term may be used for any mode of transport including multimodal transport. See Incoterms for a list of the eleven Incoterms. Practical Guide to Incoterms.