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Pros and Cons of doing DDP (Delivered Duty Paid)

The DDP incoterm is a high-risk duty for the seller. They must pay to transport their goods until it arrives at their destination and then assumes responsibility over how those items get handled once there, as well - including paying any taxes or tariffs that may be incurred by importing them into another country's customs system. The cost associated with delivering this type of shipment also falls onto sellers; they're responsible either way if something goes wrong during shipping.

The upside of DDP is that it can be a way to avoid paying for an additional shipment if the seller and buyer are in different locations, and this incoterm also relieves the importer from the administrative complications associated with importing products. It's also typically required when shipping from an FBA warehouse, which means that sellers would have to pay customs duties anyway unless they ship their items under another incoterm.


Pros for sellers and buyers

On the plus side, DDP is the safest method for both buyers and sellers when it comes to ensuring that they won't be hit with any taxes or tariffs upon arrival. Many buyers in foreign countries prefer this type of arrangement because they don't have to pay additional fees at pickup, which can sometimes be costly with their own country's customs system. Buyers also enjoy having a clear definition of their total spending from the beginning, as their duties and taxes are included in the price of the items they're receiving.

Cons for buyers

On the flip side, DDP is not popular among buyers because they may not know who will handle their shipments after it arrives at their destination; for example, if goods are couriered via sea or air to another country, there's no way of knowing exactly which agents will be used by the seller. They cannot provide their own accurate tracking or even ensure that the items will be handled safely.

Sellers must consider and understand the duties and import restrictions for every country they do business with and should use a freight forwarder or other type of specialized shipper to handle these types of shipments.

They must register locally in order to be allowed to customs clear all products in the targeted country. Which are a cost and administrative work that clearly has to be taken into consideration


The DDP agreement is a commonly used shipping contract for international trade. The parties will generally use this when there's a stable and predictable cargo supply, but it benefits buyers more than sellers since they have to obtain clearance from customs before delivering their goods which can lead to more risk or even delays in receiving payment on delivery (if not done quickly enough). It would only make sense if you're confident that importing won't cause any issues - so don’t waste time negotiating prices! It's best to go with this one if you're very familiar with the terms and conditions associated with this contract and you are willing to take all risks.

It will also be a competitive advantage to help the end client who is not familiar with international delivery and customs clearance.

MWT Sourcing, we have an experienced team in world trading, no matter what service you want in this industry, feel free to contact us and get more information!


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