DDU delivery: what’s the big problem?

Delivery Duty Unpaid means that the seller fulfills his delivery obligation if the goods have been made available at the named location in the importing country. The seller bears the costs and risks associated with the transport of the goods (excluding customs duties, taxes, and other official charges that have to be paid on import), The buyer bears the additional costs and assumes the risk that arises from his failure to send the goods on time for import.

If the parties want the seller to take care of the customs formalities and the resulting costs and risks, this should be made clear inappropriate words in DDU Shipping.

If the parties wish to include in the seller’s obligations part of the costs to be paid at the time of importation of the goods (e.g. VAT), this should be clarified by the following words: duties, VAT paid,

The seller must

Contractual delivery of the goods

Delivery of the goods and the commercial invoice or an equivalent electronic message in accordance with the sales contract and other contractually required proof of conformity.

Licenses, permits, and procedures

Obtain any export licenses and other official permits at your own risk and carry out all customs procedures for the export of goods and, if necessary, for their transit through another country.

Transport and insurance contract Transport contract

Contract with the usual conditions at your expense for the transport of the goods in the normal way and in the usual way to the agreed place at the agreed destination.

If a point is not agreed or determined by practice, the seller can choose the point at the named destination that best suits his purpose. Insurance contract

Transfer of risk

All risks of loss or damage to the goods up to the time of delivery in agreement with the buyer and, if applicable, are payable in transit through another country.

Notification of the buyer

Informs the buyer in good time of the dispatch of the goods as well as any other necessary notification so that the buyer can take the measures normally necessary for the goods to be taken.

Provision of the delivery order and/or the usual transport document (e.g. a marketable waybill, a non-marketable sea waybill, an inland shipping document, an air waybill, a rail waybill, a road waybill, or multimodal transport document) that the buyer needs to receive the goods.

If the seller and buyer have agreed on electronic communication, the document mentioned in the previous paragraph can be replaced. Via an equivalent EDI message (Electronic Data Interchange).

Control of the labeling of the packaging

Costs of the controls (eg quality check, measurement, weighing, counting) that are necessary to deliver the goods in agreement with the buyer. Own packaging (unless it is customary in the private sector to deliver the goods in the contract description unpackaged), which is necessary for the delivery of the goods. The packaging must be properly labeled.

Other Obligations

To provide the buyer, at the buyer’s request, at the risk and expense of the buyer, with any assistance in obtaining documents or equivalent electronic communications that are issued or transmitted in the country of dispatch and/or the country of origin buyer may request. For importing the goods

Provide the buyer with the information required to take out insurance on request.