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 terminal is a clearance depot or similar, then use of this rule is straightforward – the goods can be delivered uncleared.

If customs procedures take place “pre-delivery” at a border, then the goods can often be
given a “pre-clearance” (transit) status and delivered uncleared.

However complications can arise if the goods have to go through a clearance point before delivery.   Clearance of the goods may require close liaison between the carrier and the buyer, and where this goes wrong, there can be delays and disputes about demurrage.

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

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