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Do You Know These Delivery Terms That You Receive

Sometimes we can get excited about the most mundane things there ever is.

For example, getting delivery for that favorite dress! Or that book you have been wanting to read, or that delayed birthday present your dad promised. The excitement of seeing notifications popping up on your screen,

Shipped! Arriving! Arrived!

However, keeping aside the frustration from seeing ‘package is late’, there are some other messages that you are bombarded with before your delivery. Have you ever wondered what they are?

Sometimes, they are important, that’s true! However, sometimes we might miss out on things that are super important. Therefore, to be on the safe side why not learn the simple meanings of all those delivery terms you see.

Do You Know These Delivery Terms That You Recieve?

In this article, we have almost covered most of the delivery terms that you will see pop up from time to time when you make a delivery.

These are a few of the important terms that are used in delivery services.

Let us first start with the easier terms.

Tendered For Delivery: When you get the message tendered for delivery it means that the package has been moved from the delivery center to the distribution warehouse.

Advising Bank: The bank that the seller is operating with.

Agent: The person authorized to supervise the transit. This could also be the company responsible for the final delivery.

Origin Post Is Preparing Shipment: Generally, the term “origin post is preparing shipment” means when the seller is getting the export duties clear.

AAR: Against all risks

Arrival Notice: A notification by the carrier of the ship’s arrival.

Out For Delivery: When your package is out for delivery from the distribution warehouse.

Other Terms

These are the terminologies you should be aware of, while preparing a shipment for your own business.


These are the consumer obligations that they have to fulfill when the goods are delivered to them, after clearing all the export regulations. This means that a precise location has to be mentioned by the buyer in time of the delivery. And, if not then the seller gets to decide the stipulated place the goods are going to go.


This is a form of transparency that is maintained by the seller. Over here the seller is obligated to mention the steps of shipmen. This means if it is an international delivery, the full information of the cargo shipment has to be given by the seller.

Once this information is given, however, any damage cost has to be borne by the buyer themselves.

CFR [Cost Of Freight]

The seller will be paying a  minimum cost which is required to ensure the safe journey of the package over the freight services.

The seller’s responsibility limits shipping the product to the destination port. Afterwards, if the product endures any damage it is the responsibility of the delivery services hired at the destination.

CIF [Cost, Insurance and Freight]

The seller has some obligation to ensure that the product that is delivered is in good condition. This is where the seller has to sign for marine insurance for the buyer, to mitigate any risk of damage.

It is premium insurance paid by the seller, to retain any damaged goods and ensure the credibility of the company to their future buyers.

EXW [Ex Works]

There are certain business promises that a certain company has to fulfill, these can be something per the lines of the delivery date or making the goods available again at the appropriate time.

However, a buyer’s obligation will end after they are boarding the product and finally shipping it. It is then the delivery agency’s responsibility to ensure that the goods are delivered to the destination in proper shape.

Although, in some cases, these works can fall under the obligation of the seller if the discussion is done accordingly and rules are set.

CIP [Carriage And Insurance]

Sometimes sellers can go to the extra length and decide on taking the entire responsibility of the buyer’s package. During contracts like this, they have to pay this additional cargo insurance to the package’s destination.

This ensures that in terms of any damage that the package might endure during the transit and even after it reaches the destination, can be reimbursed for the damage control. Buyers should note that this only includes a minimum insurance amount for the export.

OAF [Delivered At Frontier]

The seller’s obligation is to provide a calculated date of when the product will be available when it will be shipped when it will be cleared for export, and when it will reach its destination port.

However, from the destination port, sellers will start receiving messages from the distribution and delivery company with the further status of the product. This will also be regulated by the seller in case of any delays.

DEQ [Delivered Ex Quay, Duty Paid]

This is the final message you will receive from your seller when all the terms and payments have been fulfilled. Including export taxes, insurances, and the package has been cleared from importation.

Additionally, this will also let you know when the package has reached its final delivery destination, and the date it is most likely to be out for delivery.

Final Notes

If you are someone getting into the shipping business or planning to start an online business these are terms that you should definitely learn about.

These will help you get a shipping agent easily, and in your first delivery, you will be less confused. Because it is the rightly undamaged delivery which will make your company much more credible.



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