Glossary

DPU (Delivered At Place Unloaded)

Definition

DPU (Delivered At Place Unloaded) is an Incoterm used in international trade agreements to define the responsibilities of the seller and the buyer regarding the delivery of goods. Under DPU terms, the seller is responsible for transporting the goods to a specified destination and unloading them from the conveyance, placing them at the buyer’s disposal. This destination can be any place agreed upon, such as a port, airport, or other transportation hub. The seller bears all costs and risks associated with delivering and unloading the goods at the designated place.

Note: The Incoterm formerly known as DAT (Delivered At Terminal) has been renamed to DPU (Delivered At Place Unloaded) under Incoterms 2020​​.

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FAQ

Under DPU terms, the seller arranges and covers the costs and risks of transporting and unloading the goods at a specified destination. The seller's responsibilities end once the goods are unloaded and made available to the buyer.
The buyer is responsible for customs clearance and payment of import duties. Additionally, the buyer handles any further transportation or handling of the goods after they have been unloaded.
DPU uniquely requires the seller to unload the goods at the destination, distinguishing it from terms like DAP (Delivered At Place), where the seller's responsibility ends upon arrival of the goods. In contrast, other Incoterms such as EXW (Ex Works) or CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) focus on different aspects of the delivery process.

Example or usage in road freight logistics:

Under DPU, a manufacturer in Poland selling electronic components to a buyer in Germany would cover all costs and risks of delivering and unloading the components at a specified cargo terminal in Germany. After unloading, the buyer assumes responsibility for customs clearance and any further handling or transportation.