FCA - Free carrier

What does FCA mean?

FCA means "free carrier" and it is one of the standardised Incoterms. With free carrier (FCA) the seller is liable until the goods are delivered to Panalpina (the carrier). As soon as the freight is with us, the liability is placed on the buyer.

Where do I select free carrier (FCA) as an Incoterm?

When you're quoting a shipment with Panalpina, the free carrier Incoterm is available once you've entered the "from" location.

FCA - Free carrier

Which transport modes can free carrier (FCA) be used with?

Free carrier (FCA) can be used with all transport modes, as the waypoint where risk changes from the seller to the buyer is not dependent on a particular type of transport infrastructure. This is in contrast to terms such as "free alongside ship" (FAS), which is only available for sea or inland waterway transport, as the name suggests.

What are the benefits of FCA vs. EXW?

If you want to compare the prices of different goods, independent of the transport costs, then you should request that the sellers of the goods (e.g. machinery) make their offers ex-works (EXW), to eliminate the transport costs. 

If you're buying goods, you could agree FCA with the seller, as they are responsible for the initial transport as far as the first major terminal when it is handed over to us. If you're not as familiar with the location where you're buying the goods as the seller, this allows you to take advantage of the seller's better knowledge of transport and customs at their location. 

Where can I find out about the different Incoterms?

You can visit our Incoterms explorer, where you can experiment with the different Incoterms and see how the different terms affect the split of liability and which Incoterms are compatible with which transport modes.