EXW – EX WORKS (… named place)
“Ex works” means the seller’s only responsibility is to make the goods available at the seller’s premises, i.e., the works or factory. The seller is not responsible for loading the goods on the vehicle provided by the buyer unless otherwise agreed. The buyer bears the full costs and risk involved in bringing the goods from there to the desired destination. Ex-works represents the minimum obligation of the seller.
FCA – FREE CARRIER (… named place)
This term has been designed to meet the requirements of multimodal transport, such as container or roll-on, roll-off traffic by trailers and ferries. It is based on the same name principle as F.O.B. (free on board), except the seller fulfils its obligations when the goods are delivered to the custody of the carrier at the named place. If no precise place can be named at the time of the contract of sale, the parties should refer to the place where the carrier should take the goods into its charge. The risk of loss or damage to the goods is transferred from seller to buyer at that time and not at the ship’s rail. The term “carrier” means any person by whom or in whose name a contract of carriage by road, rail, air, sea, or a combination of modes has been made. When a seller has been furnished a bill of lading, waybill or carrier’s receipt, the seller duly fulfils its obligation by presenting such a document issued by a carrier.
FAS – FREE ALONGSIDE SHIP (… named port of shipment)
“F.A.S.” or “free alongside ship” requires the seller to deliver the goods alongside the ship on the quay. From that point on, the buyer bears all costs and risks of loss and damage to the goods. Unlike F.O.B., F.A.S. requires the buyer to clear the goods for export and pay the cost of loading the goods.