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Why Not Use DDP?

Published by Tamar Hela.

What's in this article?
  1. Understanding Delivery Duty Paid (DDP)
  2. An Efficient Delivery Option
  3. Pros and Cons for Sellers
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. What Are The Potential Fees?
  7. Is DDP Worth It For a Seller?
  8. Final Thoughts
Why Not Use DDP?

For international sellers, there are several ways you can send your items to buyers without the hassle. But which one is the most efficient way for you? One of the methods is Delivery Duty Paid or DDP.

Not only is the seller responsible for covering the costs of the delivery, import duties, and customs clearance, but They also have to keep an eye out for hidden fees.

At A1 Auto Transport, we've worked with many clients that prefer DDP. However, it may not be the best choice for your business.

So, let's look at possible reasons you may want to reconsider DDP. We'll weigh the pros and cons for sellers and help you discover if this delivery method is the most suitable.


Understanding Delivery Duty Paid (DDP)

Generally, DDP is a term used to describe specific international delivery agreements. It ensures the seller of the trade takes full responsibility for all the import taxes and other additional shipping costs from the home country to the destination country.

This is great for the buyer as they don't have to worry about shipping rates into their country. They can avoid unnecessary miscommunication with customs formalities, as the seller will handle all the details.

Moreover, the Delivery Duty Paid covers the entire shipping process, including the packing of the items, the transportation method, informing the buyer of the delivery time, and the final import process and safe delivery to the buyer's location.

An Efficient Delivery Option

Some sellers find DDP an excellent delivery process choice. It makes import clearance formalities go by more efficiently as the seller will have the appropriate sales contracts and other documents that adhere to import regulations.

Our experts at A1 Auto Transport work with various clients who choose DDP to keep their customers happy. For repeat purchases and loyal international clients, this can be an excellent way to scale a business.

However, there are also pros and cons when it comes to sellers choosing to cover all of the custom taxes and expenses.

Pros and Cons for Sellers

So, what are the pros and cons of using DDP as a seller, and why should you reconsider your delivery option if you're shipping internationally?


Some benefits of using DDP include:

  • Mode of transport reliability: International delivery locations will need suitable shipping agreements. For example, if you sell vehicles, your buyer will expect them to travel by sea on international freight.
  • You have proof of delivery: Amongst other documents, you can ensure your buyer with full transparency of their items during transit, the mode of transport, and evidence of the things reaching their agreed-upon location. This removes any worry the customer may have.
  • Build a reputation: Your customers will like not having buyer responsibilities relating to import taxes and transportation costs. You'll also be able to build a relationship with freight forwarders like us at A1 Auto Transport.

We have an extensive list of frequented destination ports and contacts to help make your deliveries as smooth as possible.


We noticed that some cons outweigh the benefits of choosing DDP. These include:

  • Shipping costs: For the seller, DDP is not the cheapest option for shipping. You'll need to have appropriate trade terms understood for each destination you're shipping to. This may include paying more for complex customs clearances at different buyer country locations.
  • Maximum responsibility: You are responsible for tracking what happens to the item, whether it's something small or a large number of items in the delivery. For example, you are most likely liable to cover lost shipments and provide replacements.
  • Customs: Customs duties are something sellers new to international trade may not be ready to pay consistently. However, if you choose an experienced shipping team and ensure your business's budget allows DDP, it can work in your favor.

What Are The Potential Fees?

Destination charges for sellers in the international trade include:

  • Import taxes: These import formalities vary for different countries. It may be because of the items you wish to send or the regulations regarding import clearance in that country.
  • VAT charges (value-added tax): The VAT fees at the destination represent a percentage of the item's value. For example, if you ship something quite expensive, you should be prepared to pay a portion of what you made towards the VAT.
  • Customs fees: These fees may depend on what item you're sending to the buyer. With the correct customs documentation, you'll be able to know what the potential fee amount will be promptly.
  • Supply chain costs: For companies like A1 Auto Transport, we help you calculate an estimated cost for shipping your item with our premium door-to-door service. This can include export packaging, arranging a mode of transport, and monitoring the transit.

Is DDP Worth It For a Seller?

This is entirely up to you as a seller and what you know your business is capable of. Once you set out the shipping terms for buyers, you'll need consistency when covering additional costs like import formalities and customs fees.

However, if you're a new business and want to take responsibility for international transport fees to the buyer, choose against DDP. You don't need to pay for the entire shipping transit if it doesn't benefit your company or your financial journey.


Final Thoughts

Overall, sellers controlling the cost of international shipments are a great way to monitor your items on their transit from start to finish. You'll become familiar with import taxes in different countries and understand how to choose the appropriate shipping arrangements for each item you trade.

However, additional charges in the form of import formalities and hidden fees might cost you more than you can afford, especially if your business is still in the growing stage.

We think DDP is a better choice for international companies with a consistent shipping process and would benefit from this in the long term.

But if you're unsure and want to know if your business could make the most of DDP shipping, connect with our team today. Estimate your free quote online, and we'll guide you on your international shipping journey today.

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Tamar Hela is one of our featured writers at A-1 Auto Transport, researching everything from AI auto shipments out of China to what paperwork is required to move long distance. We can safely say she's become well versed in all things shipping and logistics while making the information easy to digest and understandable. 

Tamar has been a copywriter for over 16 years and was trained in the 7-Figure Copywriting Accelerator course through American Writers & Artists, Inc. (AWAI). She's also an incredibly seasoned copyeditor, having previously been the Chief Editor and Publishing Director for Cosby Media Productions, based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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