INCO Terms


Free on Board

Shipper pays for the origin cartage and documents. Consignee pays for freight & destination charges. Seller fulfils his obligation to deliver when the goods have passed over the ship’s rail at the named port of shipment, and the seller to clear the goods for export.


Cost and Freight

The Shipper pays for all the origin charges and the freight. The Consignee pays for all the destination charges ex Airport / Port of destination. Seller must pay the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination but not the risk of loss of or damage to the goods. The CFR term requires the seller to clear the goods for export.


Cost, Insurance and Freight

Same as CFR except that the Shipper also pays for relevant Insurances. This means that the seller has the same obligations as under CFR but with the addition that he has to procure marine insurance against the buyer’s risk of loss of or damage to the goods during the carriage. The seller contracts for insurance on minimum coverage and pays the insurance premium.


EX Works

Consignee pays for the total movement from the Shipper’s Warehouse. Buyer bears all costs and risks involved in taking the goods from the seller’s premises to the desired destination. This term thus represents the minimum obligation for the seller.


Flexibility to provide a full range of port/port or airport/airport services to match your specific shipping requirements.

Complete door to door services including insurance, with one point of contact.

Competitive shipping costs through bulk purchase (volume contracts) of space from shipping lines and airlines.

20’ General Purpose Container28m3
20’ NOR Container24m3
40’ General Purpose Container55m3
40’ High Cube NOR Container55m3
40’ High Cube Container62m3

* This is average stowage and may vary depending on the actual cargo type and carton configuration

Up to 24,000KG for both including the container, but special arrangements can be made for load of up to 30,000KG

Yes , the number of incidents is actually very low, however in the event of loss or damage a freight forwarders liability is limited to terms on the Bill Of Lading or air way Bill. FPS can arrange insurance for you at competitive costs. However, this must be completed before the goods are shipped.

Under normal circumstances, customs clearance is completed electronically between ourselves and NZ Customs, in a matter of hours, however NZ Customs reserve the right to inspect both documents and goods, this can delay final clearance for 24-48 hours.

The documentation requirements vary depending on the type of consignment coming to NZ.
-Full Container Loads (FCL) consignments the following are required:.
Bill of Lading
Suppliers Commercial Invoice – showing value and description of goods contained in shipment
Quarantine Declaration
Packing List – if available
Certificate of Origin – if available
Fumigation Certificate – if required

-Less than Container Load (LCL) & Air freight consignments the following are required:
Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
Suppliers Commercial Invoice – showing value and description of the goods contained in the shipment
Packing list – if available
Certificate of Origin – if available
Fumigation Certificate – if required

FCL shipments are usually delivered 12-24 hours following vessel arrival
LCL shipments are usually delivered within 48 hours of vessel arrival, following the container unpack at CFS

General containers – 5 days (including weekends)

NOR (non operating refrigerated containers) – 2 days

Not always, freight forwarders consolidate cargo on a specified flight to keep the costs competitive. This may be daily or twice weekly depending on the route, goods can move on the same day e.g. next available flight but full IATA rates usually must be paid, this can be very expensive.

There are very specific procedures that must be followed. FPS can guide you on the requirements for each class of hazardous cargo.

No problem at all, FPS has a large international network, which means that we can control the door to door shipping process for you and keep the costs under control.

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, however our dedicated team are often available to attend to calls outside these hours.

Yes, FPS has a comprehensive tracking/status report system, contact our Customer Service Team for further details.

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