As a general term, FOB means ‘Freight On Board’ or ‘Free On Board’ as it is more generally used in international shipping. This means that the seller will pay for the goods to be loaded onto the vehicle of transport.

The term FOB can be used to clarify which part of the shipment is being paid for by the supplier and which part is to be paid for by the purchaser.

For instance FOB, (port of loading) indicates that the seller will pay for the goods to be loaded onto a vehicle of transport (usually a container ship) at the initial port only. Shipping, Duty, Customs clearance and delivery to final location will be paid by the purchaser. Usually this is a shipping agent as nominated by the purchaser.

FOB, destination port indicates that the shipping fee will be paid by the seller/supplier. Duty, customs clearance and delivery to final location will be paid by the purchaser.

For a more in depth understanding of the term FOB, contact your shipping agent or get in touch with us with an explanation of the shipping situation.

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