The rules have been developed and maintained by experts and practitioners brought together by ICC. They have become the standard in international business rules setting. Launched in mid-September 2010, Incoterms® 2010 came into effect on 1 January 2011. The trade terms help traders avoid costly misunderstandings by clarifying the tasks, costs and risks involved in the delivery of goods from sellers to buyers. Incoterms® rules are recognized by UNCITRAL as the global standard for the interpretation of the most common terms in foreign trade.
Please note that all contracts made under INCOTERMS® 2000 before 2011 remain valid. Moreover, although we recommend using Incoterms® 2010, parties to a contract for the sale of goods can agree to choose any version of the Incoterms rules after 2011. However, it is important to clearly specify the chosen version.