Delivered At Terminal (DAT): Further information

A common scenario is for delivery to a container yard (CY), in which case there may be Terminal Handling Charges (THC) for the account of the buyer.

If the specified place is an inland clearance depot, a free trade zone or similar, then use of this rule is straightforward – the goods can be delivered uncleared.

However if clearance has to take place before delivery – for example at a border crossing – then this will require close cooperation between the buyer and seller.

Delays in the clearance process can lead to unexpected costs or demurrage. Nominally these are payable by the buyer, but there can disputes about the cause of the delay – perhaps the seller was at fault due to documentation errors or omisions?

(Typical issues: buyer needs to present original documents to authorities to obtain clearance.)

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