What does DDU mean?
Delivered Duty Unpaid, DDU for short, was a clause in the Incoterms (International Commercial Terms) until 2010. In the new, revised version the term was omitted, but is still in use today. In many instances DDU is replaced by Delivered At Place (DAP) or Delivered At Terminal (DAT).
Delivery without the customs formalities
Delivered Duty Unpaid means that the seller of a product ships it to an agreed-upon place and has all the costs and risks during the shipping – but he doesn’t have to bother with the customs formalities. This is the responsibility of the buyer. He must take care of the customs procedures and must pay custom duties, taxes and other fees.
enclose the invoice and documentation
packaging of the products
care for export license, export duties and export formalities
transport to the actual means of transportation
import formalities, import tariffs and taxes
costs of all inspections
unloading of the wares
further transport, if necessary
Precise specifications are important
In case that DDU is still used instead of DAP and DAT, it is important to make specifications as detailed as possible. This is especially important for the place of delivery. This way legal dispute is avoided. If you have additional agreements to the DDU clause, they should also be as precise as possible.