Gift Icon Get a 20% discount from our partners! Discount code will get added automatically when you submit the form.
4.7 Star Rating4.7 (67,926 reviews)
How much does shipping your Freight cost?
Free Instant Online Calculator based on quotes from Trusted Freight Shipping Companies
Customer Images
7790 people shipped using A-1 Auto Transport last week

Joe brought me peace of mind. I can’t thank you enough for being so reliable and trustworthy

No risk, no contracts. Just calculate your quote first and choose your contractor later.

Dave loved the fast deliveryDave C.
Dave loved the fast delivery
My relocation to Chicago was fast, smooth and without any delay thanks to A1 Auto.
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidanceCourtney J.
Courtney enjoyed the honest guidance
Just what you need when trusting someone with your wheels! Kudos to this company!
Jeff enjoyed the fair priceJeff D.
Jeff enjoyed the fair price
Moved my ride hassle-free with these folks.Fair pricing, no surprises. Definitely recommend them!
Maria enjoyed the special care and safetyMaria L.
Maria enjoyed the special care and safety
Huge thanks to the movers – they were meticulous with my car. Love these guys.
Recently featured on USA Today

“A1 Auto Transport became synonymous with top-notch service delivery, unfailing punctuality and constantly preoccupied with customer satisfaction.

See Article— USA Today

Who pays freight on free carrier?

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. The Different Parties Involved in a Free Carrier Agreement
  2. The Role of the Seller in a Free Carrier Agreement
  3. The Responsibilities of the Buyer in a Free Carrier Agreement
Who pays freight on free carrier?

Under Free Carrier (FCA) terms, the seller is responsible for delivering the goods to a specified location. Once the goods are delivered, the buyer assumes all responsibility, including all freight costs, for the onward transportation of the goods.

The Free Carrier (FCA) agreement is pivotal in defining the responsibilities and costs between the buyer and seller in international trade. This agreement specifies that the seller must deliver the goods to a predetermined location, often a carrier or freight forwarder. After this delivery, the buyer takes over all subsequent responsibilities, including freight costs, risks of transportation, and handling any required customs procedures. This article explores the roles and obligations of the seller and the buyer under the FCA terms, providing insights into how freight costs are allocated and managed in these agreements.

The Different Parties Involved in a Free Carrier Agreement

A Free Carrier Agreement involves the seller and buyer. To ensure smooth transactions, these parties must follow their contract obligations. These agreements divide liability and obligations evenly between seller and buyer, ensuring clarity and fairness in international trade.

Responsibilities Of The Buyer In A Free Carrier Agreement

Sellers, usually the original owners or manufacturers, must complete certain tasks. Packaging, document processing, and export clearance are these tasks. However, the buyer must cover shipping costs and risks. Buyers must negotiate the carrier contract, provide insurance, and ensure delivery.

The Role of the Seller in a Free Carrier Agreement

A Free Carrier agreement requires the seller to do more than deliver the goods. They must care for the goods until they reach a predetermined location. Delivery may occur at the seller's location, a transport hub, or a customs checkpoint. Sellers ensure goods arrive safely and in expected condition.

The seller must also complete and submit all export clearance paperwork. Seller efforts are crucial to preventing shipping delays and ensuring a good buying experience. Under a Free Carrier agreement, the seller must precisely clear goods for export to comply with international trade regulations.

The Responsibilities of the Buyer in a Free Carrier Agreement

A Free Carrier Agreement places equal weight on buyer and seller obligations. The first step is selecting the delivery location—a warehouse, factory, or other authorized location. The carrier needs legal and easy access to this location. The buyer must complete all customs paperwork to export the goods.

Buyers must also cover shipping costs and risks after the goods are delivered. Damage or loss during transportation is included. The buyer must also obtain insurance. The buyer must conduct due diligence on cost and risk management to ensure a smooth, free carrier transaction.

International Trade Regulations

Frequently Asked Questions

Share this content on social media for a chance to get up to 20% off your next shipment.
Copy link

Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

Email Me

Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★ choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

A1 Auto Transport... From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them... Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

Visit our social, and see what our clients are saying about us:

Ship Your Vehicle With A-1 Auto Today
Get an instant free Quote Now

Or Call Us Today and Speak Directly to Our Sales Team:

Call Us 1-888-230-9116

Our Partners:

Better Business Bureau Accredited
FMCSA Member
INC. 500 Member
VeriSign Secured
AMSA Member

A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd,
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
Copyright © 1988-2024, A-1 Auto Transport - All Rights Reserved.