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Using the wrong ICC Incoterm® when trading goods worldwide exposes companies to greater risk and cost in the form of lost goods or unnecessary disputes.
For UK companies, the updates to the rules this year come at a tricky time, so it’s important that the introduction is made as easy as possible. ICC want to ensure that companies get the right standard of internationally-recognised advice on a more consistent basis across the UK, so it is now making it easier for companies to access its training, support and expertise, and is working with the Institute of Export and Strong & Herd as its licensed training partners nationwide to achieve this. Additionally, ICC has formed a new marketing alliance consisting of leading trade associations and business organisations to ensure it can reach as many companies as possible.
ICC Incoterms® were launched in 1936 to set out the responsibilities of buyers and sellers worldwide for the delivery of goods under sales contracts, and are an essential tool to maintaining order within the global trading system. The rules govern how costs and risks are allocated between parties involved in international goods trades and are used by importers, exporters, insurers, trade financiers, trainers and trade advisors in over 180 countries and in more than 30 languages. They are the recognised international standard for all goods traders.
ICC Incoterms® now offers a hotline to support trainers and advisors with complex, technical enquiries requiring expert advice. Available for the first time in the UK, this enhanced support package aims to further break down barriers to trade and align the UK with ICC best practice standards globally.
The official ICC Incoterms® 2020 United Kingdom Launch – at which the changes and their impacts will be outlined in detail by the drafters of the new rules – will take place on 15 October 2019 at the WLG Gowling headquarters in London. Those that attend will also get the opportunity to partake in the first round of London-based ICC Incoterms® 2020 official training.
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