Use of this rule is restricted to goods transported by sea or inland waterway.
In practice it should be used for situations where the seller has direct access to the vessel for loading, e.g. bulk cargos or non-containerised goods.
For containerised goods, consider ‘Carriage Paid To CPT’ instead.
Seller arranges and pays for transport to named port. Seller delivers goods, cleared for export, loaded on board the vessel.
However risk transfers from seller to buyer once the goods have been loaded on board, i.e. before the main carriage takes place.
NB seller is not responsible for insuring the goods for the main carriage.
See also “Cost Insurance and Freight CIF”