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Changes from Incoterms 2000 to Incoterms 2010

by Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'

I just read the latest issue of the CHaINA magazine (available here online), and I found a very nice explanation of the changes from Incoterms 2000 to Incoterms 2010.

To sum it up grossly:

  • Two changes for the FOB incoterm: the seller’s reponsibility extends until the goods are “on board the vessel” rather than “past the ship rail” (a small technical difference), and the seller must package the goods rather than provide the packaging (it’s nice to get this clarified, even though in practice it was usually already the case).
  • Under CIF, the seller is required to pay for more insurance than previously.
  • The DEQ incoterm is replaced by DAT (with a slightly different meaning).
  • The DAF, DES, and DDU incoterms are replaced by DAP.
  • If you need to receive hard copies (as opposed to electronic versions) of your shipping documents, make this point clear in your contract.

To read the whole article, go into the Jan./Feb. 2010 issue of the CHaINA magazine.

And don’t forget, you can still write “FOB Incoterms 2000″ on your purchase orders and in your letters of credit.

For more information about incoterms 2010: see this wall chart, or go and purchase the document at the source (on the ICC website).


Renaud Anjoran is the founder of Sofeast Quality Control and helps importers to improve and secure their product quality in China. He writes advice for importers on the Quality Inspection blog. He lives full time in Shenzhen, China. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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