What is Delivered at Place (DAP)?
DAP is one of the 11 International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) used in trade where the seller is responsible for delivering the goods to the place specified by the buyer, ready for unloading.
🚨 Point of Risk Transfer!
When the goods are delivered to the buyer’s specified location. If the goods incur any damages during or after unloading, the seller is no longer responsible.
When should you choose DAP?
DAP is best for containerized freight, i.e. goods that can be transported on shipping containers or pallets.
Buyers, you need to keep in mind that with CPT, the ‘delivery of goods’ happens when goods have been received by the first carrier. In other words, all the risk of the goods being damaged is transferred to the buyer in the early stages.
With DAP, the risk of transfer to the buyer happens only at the final destination when the goods are ready for unloading.
A quick example:
Cost allocation. Who pays for what under DAP?
The key difference lies in the unloading of goods at the specified destination:
• With DAP (Delivered at Place), the buyer unloads
• With DPU (Delivered at Place Unloaded), the seller unloads
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