DPU - Delivered At Place Unloaded - Incoterms® 2020 Rule
Article 9 in our series of Incoterms® 2020 – In each article we will identify the responsibilities of the seller and buyer in the transaction at different points in the shipping journey.
What are Incoterms used for?
Our next Incoterm® is DPU: Delivered At Place Unloaded – Incoterms® 2020 Rule
The seller delivers when the goods, once unloaded are placed at the disposal of the buyer at a named place of destination.
The seller bears all risks involved in bringing the goods to and unloading them at the named place of destination.
Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU) (formerly referred to as DAT for “Delivered at Terminal”) requires the seller to deliver the goods at the disposal of the buyer after they’ve been unloaded from the arriving means of transport.
DPU is the only Incoterms rule that requires the seller to unload goods at the place of destination.
DPU can apply to any—and more than one—mode of transport. The buyer and seller should specify and agree upon a named place of destination.
What are the seller’s obligations?
What are the buyer’s obligations?
Important points to note
DPU Incoterm can be used for any mode of transport as well as for multimodal transport.
New Incoterm® DPU Replaces DAT.
The previous Incoterm® DAT (Delivered at Terminal) is now called DPU (Delivered at Place Unloaded. It was decided to change the term to DPU to remove confusion that arose in the past. In the past, DAT required ‘Delivery at Terminal (unloaded)’, however the word “terminal” caused confusion. The new term DPU (Delivery at Place Unloaded) covers ‘any place, whether covered or not’.
Buyer is responsible for import clearance and formalities (licenses, security, official documentation) including payment of duties and taxes if applicable unless otherwise agreed differently between seller and buyer.
Whilst there is no obligation for seller to insure the goods it is recommended that whilst under the seller’s responsibility and control that insurance cover is taken out.
The seller must be confident to arrange the unloading of goods at the named place.
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