Glossary term:

Cost, insurance and freight

A method of exporting goods, where the seller pays for the carriage of goods by sea to the port of destination as well as for the maritime insurance policy against the risk of loss or damage to goods during transport. Costs related to loading onto the ships and export formalities are also borne by the seller. Until the loading of the goods onto a transport ship is complete, the seller bears the costs of any loss or damage to the product. Further, if the product requires additional customs or export paperwork or requires inspections or rerouting, the seller must cover these expenses. Once the freight loads, the buyer becomes responsible for all other costs.

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