Ex Works (EXW)

Can be used for any transport mode, or where there is more than one transport mode

Ex Works (EXW)

This rule places minimum responsibility on the seller, who merely has to make the goods available, suitably packaged, at the specified place, usually the seller’s factory or depot.

The buyer is responsible for loading the goods onto a vehicle (even though the seller may be better placed to do this); for all export procedures; for onward transport and for all costs arising after collection of the goods.

In many cross-border transactions, this rule can present practical difficulties.

Specifically, the exporter may still need to be involved in export reporting and clearance processes, and cannot realistically leave these to the buyer. Consider Free Carrier (seller’s premises) instead.

Other things to watch for.  Although the seller is not obliged to load the goods, if the seller does so, this is at the buyer’s risk!

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