• CIP Incoterms 2020 | Carriage and Insurance Paid To

    CIP Incoterms

    The CIP incoterm stands for ‘Carriage and Insurance Paid to’, wherein the seller is responsible for goods only till the first port, which is the exporter's country's port and not the terminal. It is one the 11 incoterms published by the International Chamber of Commerce, with a scrutinized edition released in January 2020. The term receives universal acceptance in international trade with consent from governments and authorities all over the world.

    The rule is somewhat similar to CPT with only one difference in particular -- that the seller is accountable for carriage and insurance coverage till the named port. CIP can be used for multi-modal shipments, or for more than one mode of transit. In CIP, the title transfers when the goods are received by the buyer on the first port.

    CIP Meaning in Shipping

    CIP INCOTERMS Explained

    • The seller is responsible for the goods till the designated port (in this case the second port, or the importing country’s port).
    • Insurance is the responsibility of the seller; the buyer may pay for additional insurance incurred for carriage of goods from the port till his place.
    • The risk of goods is transferred at the designated port.
    • The target port is something that the two parties have to discuss and finalise.

    Seller’s Responsibilities


    The seller has responsibilities till the named place of destination, and will bear costs such as:

    • Charges for maintaining goods in the warehouse
    • Inland transit of goods -- from the warehouse to the first port
    • Pay for depot charges
    • Freight forwarder’s charges
    • Air freight charges -- if the goods are to be transported by air
    • Marine insurance charges -- for moving goods through sea/ocean
    • Ocean freight charges and overall insurance coverage charges

    Freight terms

    As we considered our place of destination to be the second port in the example above, the seller has his share of responsibilities till the target port which are to be completed within an agreed time and period.

    He will have tasks such as:

    • Inland transit (from rail/road) - from warehouse to the first port
    • Carriage from the first port to the second port

    Duty and custom clearance

    CIP does include customs clearance, where the seller is liable for export customs and involved duty charges. He’ll be paying for settlement charges and look after freight forwarding proceedings. He has to prepare all the mandatory documents required for customs clearance and file them as required.


    In a CIP transaction, the seller pays for insurance of goods. The seller, at his own cost, has to carry out the shipping process and bear all the charges for licensing and security permits. He has to take coverage of goods as the liability of goods stays with him till the nominated port. The seller is not responsible for insuring goods after the goods have reached the nominated port. He can seize his duty and hand over all the necessary documents so that the buyer can comply with the importing formalities.

    Buyer’s Responsibilities


    The buyer’s responsibilities are limited to the charges and conditions mentioned in the terms of contract. As the place of delivery plays a major role in a CIP transaction, the buyer will be entitled to carry out proceedings right after the port of delivery. It can be the first port -- where the charges are incurred right from the carriage for shipping to the importer country’s port -- or the second port -- where he will incur charges related to import proceedings and inland transit.

    Freight terms

    When the agreed place of delivery is the second port, the buyer has to take care of unloading of goods on the designated port and take care of freight for inland transit of goods from the port to his warehouse. If the nominated place is the first port, the freight duty for bringing the goods to the importer country’s port lies with the buyer.

    Duty and customs clearance

    The buyer has to ensure that he receives all the necessary documents from the seller required for import proceedings. As the buyer takes over authority right after the destination port, he’ll be the one paying for charges such as import taxes and duties.


    The buyer has no obligation in CIP with respect to insurance (referring to risk and damage of goods). The insurance coverage charges are to be borne by the seller. But as discussed earlier, the buyer could pay for additional coverage borne by the seller, i.e., insurance from the named port till the buyer’s warehouse, as per the agreed terms between both the parties.

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    Spandan Sharma
    Spandan Sharma
    Heading content marketing and corporate communication efforts at Drip Capital.
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