Free Alongside Ship (FAS)

What is
Free Alongside Ship (FAS)

Free Alongside Ship (FAS)” stands as a beacon of clarity and efficiency in the complex world of freight. It delineates a specific point in the transaction process where the seller's responsibilities culminate, and the buyers begin. Specifically, under FAS, the seller is obligated to deliver the goods, cleared for export, alongside the vessel at a predetermined port. This precision in responsibility demarcation ensures that businesses can plan and execute their logistics operations with a high degree of certainty and minimal surprises.

Key Benefits of FAS for Businesses

  • Cost Transparency: FAS provides a clear understanding of cost responsibilities, enabling businesses to forecast expenses accurately.
  • Risk Management: By defining the point of risk transfer from seller to buyer alongside the vessel, FAS allows for precise risk assessment and management.
  • Logistical Efficiency: FAS simplifies the export process, as the seller takes care of all origin-related formalities, thereby streamlining operations.

Use of Free Alongside Ship (FAS) in agreements

Under the Free Alongside Ship (FAS) terms in contracts, the seller is tasked with ensuring the goods are delivered next to the designated vessel, with all necessary documents for export clearance. This term is typically used for cargo that is too large or irregularly shaped to fit in standard shipping containers, such as boats or tractors, and is applicable solely to sea freight. The seller must bear the cost of presenting the goods at the vessel's side. It's important for both parties to pay close attention to the agreed upon time and place due to the restricted loading schedules.

Responsibilities of the exporter under FAS include

  • Providing the goods along with all necessary documentation.
  • Ensuring the goods are properly packed and prepared for shipment.
  • Arranging and covering the costs for land transportation within the export country.
  • Paying for any charges related to customs handling at the point of origin.

Responsibilities of the importer under FAS encompass

  • Covering costs related to the origin of the goods.
  • Paying for international shipping and destination fees.
  • Handling customs clearance and associated fees in the destination country.
  • Arranging and paying for inland transportation within the destination country.
  • Taking care of any applicable taxes and duties.


In the bustling arena of global trade, Free Alongside Ship (FAS) presents an opportunity for businesses to fine-tune their operational strategy, ensuring cost-effectiveness, risk mitigation, and logistical prowess. Freight Forwarders can leverage technology to navigate the complexities of FAS, ensuring that their goods are transported with efficiency, transparency, and control.

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