About Incoterms 2020

As the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) celebrates its Centenary in 2019, the world business organization is pleased to announce the preparation and publication of Incoterms® 2020. This newest edition of the Incoterms© rules will help prepare business for the next century of global trade.

ICC – for which USCIB serves as the American National Committee and exclusive point of sale in the United States for ICC’s renowned business publications – is preparing for the publication of Incoterms® 2020, an update of the renowned regulations that define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers operating in the international trade system.

Press release: Get Ready for Incoterms® 2020

What are Incoterms© rules?

ICC’s Incoterms© rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the sale of goods. Whether you are filing a purchase order, packaging and labeling a shipment for freight transport, or preparing a certificate of origin at a port, the Incoterms© rules are there to guide you. The Incoterms© rules provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of global trade on a daily basis.

Who publishes the Incoterms© rules?

Since its founding in 1919, ICC has been committed to the facilitation of international trade. Different practices and legal interpretations between traders around the world necessitated a common set of rules and guidelines. As a response, ICC published the first Incoterms® rules in 1936. We have been maintaining and developing them ever since.

Why use Incoterms© rules in international trade?

Although other clauses for global trade exist around the world, such as the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, Incoterms© rules are global in their reach. Similarly, Incoterms© rules do not include trade terms codified for national purposes, such as the “less than truckload shipping” (LTL) rule of the United States. Unlike national trade policies, Incoterms© rules are universal, providing clarity and predictability to business.

Incoterms© 2020 will be available at the USCIB International Business Bookstore – coming soon!

Learn more on ICC’s Incoterms page

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