Incoterms FAS: Spotlight on Free Alongside Ship

David Noah | July 19, 2017 | Incoterms, Export Basics
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Incoterms FAS: Spotlight on Free Alongside Ship | Shipping SolutionsIncoterms are the official International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules for the explanation of trade terms.

Incoterms 2010 is adhered to by all major trading nations of the world, and it is the authoritative text for determining how costs and risks are allocated to parties conducting international transactions. Incoterms facilitate the conduct of international business by defining the responsibilities of the involved participants.

This is the final article in our series investigating the basic meaning of all 11 Incoterms. We’ve also covered the following:

Today, we’re discussing the Incoterm FAS, also known as Free Alongside Ship.


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What Does the FAS Trade Term Mean?

FAS means the seller delivers when the goods are placed alongside the vessel (for example, on a quay or a barge) nominated by the buyer at the named port of shipment.  The full text of the 2010 edition of the Incoterms rules is available at  the ICC Store.

When Can FAS Be Used?

FAS can be used for sea and inland waterway transport.

Benefits and Considerations of FAS

  • In practice, FAS should be used for situations where the seller has direct access to the vessel for loading, for example, with bulk cargos or non-containerized goods. For containerized goods, use Free Carrier (FCA) instead. (Incoterms Explained)
  • With FAS, risk transfers to the buyer when the goods are alongside the ship, and the buyer bears costs from that point forward.

Learn More about Incoterms and FAS

Looking for more information about Incoterms? Check out the archive of Incoterms-related articles on our International Trade Blog.

To get you started, we’ve chosen several of our most popular articles along with other industry resources:

Shipping Solutions export software can help you streamline the process of recording which Incoterms version you’re using and make sure your documentation is correct throughout the transaction. Try it for free today!

Download Incoterms 2010 Chart of Responsibilities